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  • Peter Michael Winery

We love wine. We eat, sleep and drink it. 

  • Five AA Red Stars - everything you'd expect for a comfortable night, and some things you might not
  • Award-winning wine list - 2015 European Hotel Wine list of the Year
    • Over 30,000 bottles in our cellars
    • 3,000 bins
    • 100 wines to taste and enjoy by the glass
  • Unique food and wine experience
  • 32 suites and 17 bedrooms all named after iconic wines from around the world
  • Award-winning "5 Bubbles” spa
  • Privately owned by the Michael family since 1996, who also own the highly regarded Peter Michael Winery in California
  • Impressive private art collection including the Judgement of Paris
  • Exclusivity is a speciality.

Judgement of Paris

In 1976, in small room in a Paris hotel, a strange thing happened.

Something that changed a centuries-old status quo and rocked the 'civilised' world to it's roots.

A cataclysm, or a revolution, depending on your point of view.

In a blind tasting with some of the leading French wine aficionados of the day, Californian wines were chosen over France's very best. Big names were knocked right out of the park in a comprehensive whooping.

Now, we love wine - all kinds of wine - and we have no problem in recommending a bottle of Chateau Pétrus or d'Yquem when the occasion demands, but it's no coincidence that the Vineyard opened its doors after that auspicious day in Paris.

It's no secret either that Sir Peter Michael, The Vineyard's owner, is a wine farmer who produces some very fine estate wines in Knights Valley, Sonoma.

So you might conclude that Californian wine inspires us.

So much so that Sir Peter commissioned a picture, 'After the Upset' to commemorate the day the wine world changed forever. All the protagonists are in there, and so is Sir Peter himself.

It's a constant reminder that, with dedication and a never-give-up spirit, novices can become masters.

And that's something worth drinking to.

 The Judgement of Paris Story

"May 24th, 1976, was a beautiful sunny day in Paris, and as it turned out, a glorious day for Californian wines. As a Sonoma wine farmer, The Judgement of Paris was a momentous occasion that continues to inspire. At The Vineyard, this painting bears witness to that."

Peter Michael

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