Romantic destinations for wine lovers

In need of some Valentine’s Day inspiration? Nigel Buxton picks ten top romantic spots in Europe’s wine regions to share a bottle with that special someone

Romantic destinations for wine lovers: Spitz

Spitz, The Wachau, Austria

Ask half a dozen Viennese about romantic spots, and most will suggest downloading a few Strauss waltzes onto the iPod and heading for pretty local towns Grinzing or Gumpoldskirchen.

There are some less obvious but no less recommendable alternatives. Some 65km up river from the capital are the terraced vineyards of the Wachau, producing Riesling as well as Grüner Veltiner. Spitz is a pretty village at the heart of the Wachau, and the charming Barock Landhof Burkhardt hotel is a venerable manor house almost at the foot of the vineyard slopes. There are roses in the garden and apple blossom in profusion in spring. From some rooms there are views of the hills, and the blue river Danube is just a short walk away.

Hotel recommendation:

Barock-Landhof Burkhardt

Kremserstraße 19,

A-3620 Spitz/Donau,

Austria.

Tel: + 43 2713 2356

barock-landhof.de

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