By Aly Walansky
If you think vinotherapy is that first glass of wine when you get home from a hard day, you are right. But it’s so much more! Vinotherapy is the method of incorporating the residue of wine making (often the pulp – but sometimes the finished vino itself) into spa treatments. Wine isn’t just a delicious drink, it also has excellent anti-aging and exfoliating properties. Here are some of the best wine treatments around the country…
At The Spa at Rowes Wharf , wine is a central part of the hotel’s identity. The hotel is home to wine and food pairing pioneer, Chef Daniel Bruce, and has a fabulous Chardonnay Body Wrap that begins with an Olavie Chardonnay Sugar Scrub, a blend of cane sugar and shea butter. This all-natural scrub exfoliates while nourishing and protecting the skin. A warm Vichy shower followed by a relaxing Chardonnay body butter massage gently removes the scrub. The Chardonnay, lavender and rosemary increase skin hydration, leaving you glowing.
Willow Stream Spas at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn offers a Chardonnay Olive-Oil Sugar Polish. This combo of moisturizing exfoliation also happens to smell amazing, with a heady combination of olive oil, chardonnay grapeseed extract, sugar and lavender, which all help stimulate the mind, body and senses. Trust me, it’s a regenerative experience.
The Spa at Kenwood Inn is known for embracing the power of the grape through a variety of topical treatments based on oils extracted from grape seeds. Their custom-made products incorporate vinotherapy, including red wine extracts, Chardonnay and Riesling oils among other specifically selected elements to promote healing and relaxation. Some of the best treatments include the Kenwood Harvest Sugar Scrub, an anti-oxidant rich leaving your body feeling silky-smooth and perfectly nourished. This treatment includes the use of organic sugar cane, milled grape seeds, Chardonnay oil, Riesling oil, and red wine extract suitable for all skin types including those with sensitive skin.
Think Hershey is all about chocolate? Wrong! There’s a lot of other indulgence, such as Mimosa Champagne Body Treatment, to be found at The Spa at the Hotel Hersey in Hershey, PA. It’s brunch for the body – a blend of Champagne grapes and Orange Essential Oils, followed by a Full Body Mimosa Exfoliation and a Mimosa Champagne Massage.
Headed out to Austin to check out the music and food? Some argue there’s no place cooler than Austin, but if you want to spice it up, try the Grape Seed Body Scrub at Barton Creek. This scrub exfoliates the skin with local grape seeds from the Hill Country’s beautiful Becker Winery. Grapes grown in this enriched limestone soil have nutrients that help restore and revive the skin. You will feel absolutely delicious after!
At d’vine Medical Spa in Waterloo, IA, the name says it all. d’vine features soothing Tuscan décor, flowing water features, and blissful wine-infused treatments (like a Zinfandel Hand and Foot Treatment and a 2 1/2 hour Bordeaux Bliss package that includes: a d’vine Signature Facial, a 1 Hour Massage and a Petite Pedicure), sure to relax your body and soul, plus they are offering some delicious Spa Deals this month on SpaWeek.com.
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