Vinotherapy: What Is It And Why Does It Sound Delicious?

9 June 2021
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3 places to try Vinotherapy in Australia

  • Jackalope’s Geode Spa, VIC

  • O’Reilly’s Lost World Spa, QLD

  • Spicers Vineyards Estate, NSW



 

Fun fact: wine is rich in polyphenols. What’s a polyphenol? [insert lengthy scientific explanation here] —nobody’s got time for that—to summarise; they’re full of antioxidants—those delightful tannins dancing around in your glass of wine fighting free radicals, doing good for your body (in moderation)!

Why stop with administering wine down the gullet for health purposes? Let’s take wine and wellness to the next level with vinotherapy. And no, vinotherapy is not polishing off a bottle in the name of self preservation at the end of a big week—we’re talking about wine infused spa treatments. Vinotherapy advocates around the world report a long list of health benefits from wine therapy including muscle relaxation, anti-inflammatory properties, and younger, brighter and softer skin. It’s believed that vinotherapy can be traced back to ancient Roman times when physicians were said to have used wine to bathe the gladiators’ wounds. 

Look—while there’s no hard evidence that rubbing wine by products all over your skin is going to make you look 10 years younger, it will certainly make you feel something… luxurious! 

Here’s where you can make that wine infused feeling happen around Australia, New Zealand and even further afield (for future you to consider).  

Excuse us while we slip into something more comfortable… 

Jackalope’s Geode Spa, Merricks North, Victoria 

Located on the Mornington Peninsula, 5-star hotel Jackalope’s spa takes wine to the next level. Using grape seeds, stems and sticks from the vineyard the hotel shares its property with, spa guests can indulge in a Pinot Grape Skin Scrub, rubbed into the skin and designed to nourish and condition. The best part? While the antioxidants are doing their thing on your skin, your palate can enjoy drinking an antioxidant rich red wine from the same vineyard.  

The 120-minute WINE treatment starts at $335*


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O’Reilly’s Lost World Spa, Canungra, Queensland

The Gold Coast Hinterland Rainforest Retreat takes wine time to the next level with its Vinotherapy Ritual treatment. Starting off with a relaxing soak in the Lost World Spa’s signature vinotherapy wine bath blend before your full body exfoliation followed by a red grape and clay infused body mask to firm and nourish the skin. Then there’s massage and more. You’ll feel like a fine wine by the time you’re done!

The 5 hour Vinotherapy Ritual starts at $595* 

 

 

Spicers Vineyards Estate, Pokolbin, New South Wales 

The Spa Anise at Spicers Vineyards Estate in the famed wine region of the Hunter Valley has a range of vino-inspired massages and facials. Spa Anise’s luxury spa treatment the ‘Sugar Smoother‘ uses a Pink Champagne exfoliant. Or focus on a vitamin-rich boost with the Signature Vino Therapy facial enriched with 1000mg of freeze dried Shiraz, among other delicious things including pomegranate, fig and organic chocolate. 

The 1 hour Sugar Smoother treatment starts at $175* and the 1 hour Signature Vino Therapy facial starts at $190*

Gibbston Valley Lodge & Spa, Gibbston (near Queenstown)

At Gibbston Valley, you can indulge in a range of vinotherapy treatments from the TheraVine Luxurious Pinotage & Lime Salt Scrub, a full-body exfoliation that harnesses grape extracts or the Aromavine Relaxation Massage where a 100% natural blend of grapeseed oil, clary sage, rose and jasmine essential oils both relax and invigorate the senses. In the mood for a facial? Try the pampering Hydravine Facial. How about a clay wrap? The TheraVine Body Clay Wrap has you covered. Keen for even more antioxidants targeting anti ageing? Try the TheraVine Deluxe Anti-Ageing Facial. 

The 2.5-hour Vinotherapy Renewal package includes all three vino treatments combined: TheraVine, Aromavine and the Hydravine from $349* 

 


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And, bookmark these enticing overseas Vinotherapy locations for a future date...

SPA Les Sources de Caudalie in Bordeaux, France 

Here at the home of modern Vinotherapy, the Vinotherapy Spa treatments are based on the most recent scientific discoveries of the benefits of grapes and grapevines and include circulation boosting baths and wraps and patented grape and grapevine ingredient skincare treatments. 

Yunessun Spa Resort in Hakone, Japan

Here you can take a dip in coffee, wine or even ramen broth! 

 

Cavas Wine Lodge in Mendoza, Argentina

Here you can take a bath enriched with red grape extracts designed to stimulate the circulatory system. 

Belmond Castello di Casole in Tuscany, Italy

At the luxe Belmond in Tuscany you can indulge in the Di-Vino body scrub and massage which features a scrub of grapeseed oil, honey, wine and brown sugar. Almost good enough to eat, right?

*Prices at the time of publishing this article.

Does reading this article make you want to treat yo’ self to a spa day? Us too. In our minds, we’re already there. Make those dreams a reality by booking a wine-inspired spa holiday!


We’ve got deals on stays, packages and more across Australia and New Zealand, so wherever you decide to fly, drive or venture you could be experiencing the magic of vinotherapy sooner rather than later! 


 

Rachel Surgeoner

A self-confessed 'food-tourist', I take hunting for the world's greatest sandwich very seriously, my quest has taken me from Berlin to Hoboken. Stopping off only for vintage shopping, craft beers and Mediterranean sunsets.