The other weekend was my first weekend back in Spain from a 2 1/2 week trip to Georgia. The real purpose of my Georgia trip was for visa reasons, so being away from my boyfriend wasn’t ideal (though I did have an amazing time). This just meant that I was very eager to be back and spend some time relaxing with him. Being the awesome amazing man he is, he planned a little surprise getaway for us to a winery/resort about 2 hours outside of Madrid. I’ve yet to visit a Spanish winery and had no clue these winery resorts even existed. Little did I know, this oasis is a wine-lovers absolute heaven!
Hacienda Zorita is a Winery Resort & Spa located just outside of Salamanca on the Tormes River. The grounds consist of a main building with the restaurants and regular rooms above. Next door is the Bodega where the wine tastings are held as well as private events. As you walk along a grape vine lined path towards the open lawn, you have your villas with private terraces and views of the winery. Some villas walkout to a shared private pool, but there are two additional large plunge pools on the lawn for the rest of the guests. Across the river which runs right under the main building is the spa and “chill-out” area, as if the entire resort isn’t already chilled out enough.
Upon arrival, we were greeted with generous amounts of champagne and a friendly receptionist who helped make our wine tasting and dinner reservations for later that evening. Though our room wasn’t quite ready at check-in, we gladly made our way to the restaurant for some lunch and a bottle of their most popular wine. I was hankering for a cheesy pizza, but was less than impressed by their over-baked, tomato sauceless personal sized pizza for 9€. This was probably the only negative thing I found with my whole experience, so that’s not too shabby.
The villas are their own private getaways in themselves with views of the winery and pool, a private terrace with day beds, jacuzzi, a free bottle of wine in the room, and a private wine cellar to choose the next bottle at our leisure. Soon our room was ready and we cracked on to the free bottle in our room while lounging on the terrace. Before we knew it, we were 10 minutes late for the wine tasting so we bolted to the Bodega. The intro had already begun but we caught up quick and didn’t miss a drop.
This tasting was different than any other because after 1 white and 2 fantastic reds, there was a special rum tasting from their distillery in St. Kitts & Nevis. Not only was there a rum tasting but they teach you how to make a Hibiscus mojito from scratch and top you off with another shot of rum: my absolute new favorite drink! (now I just need to find that hibiscus juice…)
Favorite wine : Hacienda Zorita Natural Reserve Syrah – Aged 24 months in French oak barrels.
The night continued on and another bottle later we weren’t in the mood for dinner and just got silly.
The included buffet breakfast offered a beautiful assortment of pastries, hams, and fruits. They also make a hot breakfast to order, which was essential to cure my wine hangover.
All in all, one night is NOT enough. Granted I soaked in every minute because I knew I’d be sad to leave, but it was difficult to bring myself to check-out. We bought a couple bottles for home because this winery does not export its wines and we had a feeling it might be hard to track down the few we liked most.
In conclusion: The rooms were cozy, clean, and included every amenity for a weekend stay from toothbrushes to bath salts to combs and shampoos. The grounds are gorgeous and truly an oasis from overheated Salamanca or Madrid. The staff was so pleasant and accommodating and really went above and beyond to ensure our comfort. This resort is absolutely perfect for a wedding, girls getaway, relaxing couples retreat, or even a day trip… if you have a designated driver.