Relais & Chateaux property’s new getaway offers an effervescent indulgence of spa treatments and sparkling wine

June 2006 (Erbusco, Italy) — Lovers of sparkling wine: Get set to tickle your nose while soothing your body and soul with a sybaritic respite in Italy’s renowned Franciacorta wine region. L’Albereta, a Relais & Chateaux, is an enchanting resort offering “Wellness and Wine,” a three-day getaway including guided tours of the renowned vineyards and soothing spa treatments at L’Espace Vitalité Henri Chenot.

Get ready to toast your good travel fortune at the Bellavista or Contadi Castaldi vineyards. The former, one of the oldest vineyards in the Franciacorta, stumbled upon its talent for sparkling wine in the early 1970s when it mistakenly planted chardonnay grapes that were thought to be pinot noir. These days, some 90% of Bellavista’s efforts go toward sparkling wine, and the hillside vineyard overlooks stunning views of Lake Iseo and the Alps.

Contadi Castaldi, meanwhile, came of age in the 1990s using its own interpretation of the Franciacorta method and the region’s three primary grapes (chardonnay, pinot bianco and pinot nero) to create distinctive sparkling wines. The award-winning vineyard, whose name refers to the “counties” into which the noble Castaldi’s lands were once divided, is located 150 acres in a converted brick kiln in Adro.

At L’Albereta, L’Espace Vitalité Henri Chenot spa offers superior therapeutic and aesthetic treatments, as well as relaxing sessions in a Finnish sauna or beneath a star-studded ceiling in a Turkish Bath. For active guests, the spa is also outfitted with Technogym equipment and surrounded by gardens, a pool with four kinds of hydro-massage and counter-current swimming, sauna, hammam, Kneipp course, aquacycles, and personal trainers.

So get set to sparkle and spa with L’Albereta’s new Wellness & Wine Getaway, including:

– 3 nights in a deluxe double room at L’Albereta
– 3 buffet breakfasts
– A guided tour of Franciacorta at the Bellavista or Contadi Castaldi vineyards
– 1 hour-long relaxation massage at L’Espace Vitalité
– 1 hour-long hydrotherapy treatment at L’Espace Vitalité
– 1 Fitness Card for free access to L’Espace Vitalité Henri Chenot Aqua-Fitness area
– Valid through December 19, 2006.
– Package cost: Euro 800 per person, VAT included, or Euro 1,175 for two people in a single room, VAT included

For more information or to make reservations at L’Albereta, please contact (011) 39-030-77-60-550, or visit www.albereta.it.

Poised on a vineyard on a hillside in Erbusco, Italy, L’Albereta lays deep in the heart of the Franciacorta wine region, world renowned for its prestigious wines and gentle hills. A member of Relais & Chateaux, the 19th-century converted villa has 57 guest rooms and suites with Provencal décor, a Relais Gourmand restaurant, Espace Vitalité spa by Henri Chenot, an indoor swimming pool with jacuzzi, gym facilities, outside tennis court, billiard room and chess room. L’Albereta is located just 40 minutes from Milan and is convenient to the Opera of Verona, the frescos of Mantova, the violins of Cremona, Milan, and of course Venice. www.albereta.it.