Vinotherapy spas (or, a thousand reasons to say yes to grapes!)

Vinotherapy spas (or, a thousand reasons to say yes to grapes!)

The beneficial properties of grapes have been known since the time of Ancient Greece, and even still today it is no secret that moderate wine consumption is associated with numerous benefits. But more recently, the beauty and health industries have adopted the advantages of wine-based products. The concept of vinotherapy was developed in France in 1990, when winery owners Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas discovered, with the help of a professor from the University of Bourdeaux, that the grape seeds discarded at the end of the harvest contained powerful anti-aging properties. The company that they started, Caudalie, pioneered this method of using grapes for cosmetic purposes.

Today, vinotherapy spas offer baths, massages and other treatments that make use of the grapes’ many therapeutic properties, and there is a particularly high concentration of them in the Aquitaine region of France. It seems fitting that an area known for its gastronomy and wines would be an ideal destination for restoration and relaxation! Combined with the region’s stunning hilly landscape, a trip to Aquitaine offers an opportunity to bask in the beauty of the countryside, as well as to sample some of the best vinotherapy treatments that France has to offer.

Caudalie Springs: The Birthplace of Vinotherapy

For a quintessential vinotherapy experience, why look any further than the spas where the practice originated? Located in the heart of the Château Smith Haut-Lafitte vineyard, the Caudalie center certainly offers a unique experience for beauty and health aficionados. The spa’s treatments combine the benefits of hot spring water, drawn from 540 meters underground and containing naturally occurring minerals, with the latest discoveries in grape and wine based ingredients in order to detoxify the skin and restore a youthful appearance. But in addition to its famed spa treatments, the Caudalie center is also a four-star hotel with two restaurants. If your ideal vacation spot offers ultimate relaxation and fine dining in the midst of an idyllic countryside landscape, look no further than the original Caudalie center!

The Art of Living and the Art of Wine in Burgundy

While the spa at Caudalie Springs may have pioneered vinotherapy techniques, others have certainly adopted these techniques. The Spa Bourgogne Vignes et Bien-être is situated in Burgundy, a region famed for its fine wines that has become defined by its vineyards, both in the minds of the public as well as of its locals.

Located in the heart of Beaune’s Côte d’Or, the Spa Bourgogne offers numerous expertly designed grape and wine-based treatments for the face and body. After a day at the spa, don’t miss a trip to the Château de Meursault or a wine tasting at some of the most prestigious vineyards in France, and complete your stay with a hike or a bike ride on the region’s many stunning trails. All in all, a visit to the Spa Bourgogne offers a superbly relaxing way to experience all of the charms that Burgundy has to offer!