CAN BONASTRE WINE RESORT, SPAIN

CAN BONASTRE WINE RESORT, SPAIN: Indulge at a vino resort. By actually welcoming visitors into its winery, Can Bonastre is decidedly un-European in its approach to wine tourism. Or, as Gabriella Opaz, one of the leading Spanish wine writers, says, Can Bonastre is “amazing in a country where most wineries don’t understand why anyone would want to visit.” The 12-room hotel, featuring a restaurant and spa, is on 247 acres of grounds, forest land, and vineyards situated at the foot of the Montserrat range, about 30 miles northwest of Barcelona. canbonastre.com
DOMINUS ESTATE, NAPA VALLEY

DOMINUS ESTATE, NAPA VALLEY: Marvel at an architectural wonder. It’s not often that a winery has something in common with one of the world’s great art museums, but Dominus Estate Winery was designed by the same architects who designed London’s acclaimed Tate Modern. The winery, which produces some of California’s most highly rated — and priciest — red wine blends, was designed so it would blend into the landscape. If you look at the building from a distance, it seems to disappear (hence its nickname, “the stealth winery”). dominusestate.com

BOXWOOD ESTATE WINERY, VIRGINIA: Meet Virginia. The tremendous growth of Virginia’s wine business (the number of wineries has almost doubled since 2006) raises a few questions, which Boxwood answers: Can Virginia make great wine? Yes. Can Virginia wineries hold their own with some of the great winery sites? Yes, again. Boxwood Estate Winery is located among the swells and rises of Loudoun County’s horse country, and the winery itself, with its clean lines and curves, fits smartly into the landscape. The glass-walled entry building is impressive. boxwoodwinery.com
SCHLOSS GOBELSBURG, AUSTRIA

SCHLOSS GOBELSBURG, AUSTRIA: Sip history in a castle. Austrian wines are not well known in the U.S., despite significant quality improvements over the past two decades and a wine heritage that goes back centuries (Cistercian monks made wine in the 12th century). Gobelsburg’s current winery was built around an 18th-century renovation of a 16th-century castle that has roots back to a 12th-century fortress structure. As you tour, look closely: Bits and pieces of the castle’s history can still be seen, such as the 268-year-old sundial in the courtyard and 18th-century metal fittings on the entrance door. gobelsburg.com

PEJU WINERY, NAPA VALLEY: Experience the French countryside in Napa. Even before he purchased his winery, Tony Peju knew he wanted a vineyard and wanted to build a tower for the property. The 50-foot structure, with its copper roof and century-old stained glass window, is reminiscent of something you would find in the French countryside. Plus, it’s surrounded by a reflective pool and fountains, and that makes it a relaxing setting for the winery’s tasting room and its collection of award-winning, limited-edition red and white wines. peju.com
FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA WINERY, SONOMA

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA WINERY, SONOMA: Have some fun. Though best known for films like The Godfather series and Apocalypse Now, Coppola has been a winery owner of some repute since the 1980s. His current venture is an outdoor winery park at his Alexander Valley winery. What exactly does that mean? Picture a 3,600-square-foot outdoor swimming pool with 28 European-style changing rooms, a restaurant and pool café, live music, wine tastings (his wineries make more than 40 wines), a movie memorabilia gallery, and even four bocce courts, and you’ll start to get the idea. franciscoppolawinery.com