Vinotherapy—something about that word conjures up idyllic images of Roman vineyards and a relaxing glass of pinot noir. In actual fact, spas across the globe can offer you treatments taken from by-products of the wine making process, while you enjoy a glass from the local orchards.
Not only is this wine-based treatment supremely relaxing, but the antioxidant-rich grapes slow down premature aging and boost the skin’s elasticity by restoring collagen and elastic fibres. Sign us up!
What Is Vinotherapy?
The origins of Vinotherapy can be dated back to the Romans, with Cleopatra being one of its biggest fans. An emerging trend in vineyards, spas using grape seeds, skins, and stems are popping up internationally. Rich in polyphenols and resveratrol, grapes have been shown to reduce signs of aging, stimulate cell growth, and plump up the skin.
In the 1970s, France was the first country to invest in this treatment (of course it was…), so winos could enjoy a spa experience catered to their tastes.
Channel Your Inner Roman God/Goddess
Imagine yourself unwinding in a bath of Pinot Grigio enriched water, while sipping a glass of fine wine. Vinotherapy offers treatments, from massages to scrubs, which enhance the power of the humble grape. This may sound like dreamland to oenophiles, but it’s a wonderful way for teetotallers to utilise the health benefits of wine without letting a drop pass their lips.
Polyphenols promotes skin elasticity and creates a more youthful appearance. Vinotherapy appears to accelerate healing, as well as bolstering collagen synthesis.
If you’re convinced that a Vinotherapy spa treatment is just what the doctor ordered, then check out some of the best in the business:
1. Les Sources de Caudalie
Head to Bordeaux, France, where wine has been in the blood of grape growers for centuries. Tour around the neighbouring vineyards and then relax at the original Vinotherapy hotel. Among some of its more famous treatments, masseuses use winemaking rakes to massage “energy paths” in the body.
2. Hotel Marqués de Riscal
From France to Rioja, Spain, this is the world’s most famous wine spa. You can expect an array of treatments, from vino hydro massage to grape-seed oil facials. Once you’ve had the full once-over, relax on the rooftop lounge with a glass of local wine.
3. Santé Winelands Hotel
If you’re looking for a bit more excitement in your holiday abroad, choose South Africa as your Vinotherapy spa destination. A signature treatment to die for is the three hour Shiraz grape scrub, Chardonnay wrap, massage, and Cabernet hydro-bath. Obviously with a glass to match each treatment – it would be rude not to!
4. The Vineyard at Stockcross
Don’t worry; you don’t have to leave the country to sample Vinotherapy for yourself. In Berkshire, England, you can experience all of the luxury of a Californian vineyard.
Britain may not be well-known for its wine, but the intimate therapy spa is a wonderful excuse for some Bacchian TLC. Dine in the Michelin star restaurant and sample some of the best wine from their vast set of cellars. Bottoms up!
Have you ever tried Vinotherapy or a similar treatment? Let us know your experiences in the comments below!
This post has been written in collaboration with drink supplier Vivas Wine.