Vinotherapy: a New Way to Enjoy the Benefits of Wine
Good for the heart, good for the skin. Vinotherapy uses the remnants of wine
production for spa and skincare, making you feel good, inside and out.
Wine consumed in moderation has long been touted for its health benefits, which include lowered blood pressure and anti-aging properties. French art de vivre is intimately tied in with the enjoyment of fine wines, and you can still soak up these benefits even if you don't imbibe.
You'll find them in the most relaxing of environments - at a spa, where the treatments are entirely wine and grape-based.
They use the remnants of wine production, the skin, seeds and pulp of the grapes, which contain polyphenols - anti-oxidants more potent than even Vitamin E when it comes to defending your skin against free-radicals.
The first to make use of these were Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas, with the creation of their skincare line, Caudalie. There's nothing like going straight to the source, however: Les Sources de Caudalie, the original vinotherapy spa that they opened in 1999.
There you can indulge in all the traditional spa treatments, with a vino twist of course. Wraps, scrubs, massages, even baths in wine! Les Sources is also a 5-star hotel, with two restaurants and a cigar club. In addition to caring for your skin, you can also titillate your tastebuds (and your brain) with tasting courses and cooking classes à la carte. It's right outside of Bordeaux, so while you're there, you can get out and see the rest of the region - visit the châteaux, the vineyards, just enjoy the beauty of the countryside.
If you go at the right time, you'll find that the prices are equally relaxing, making your stay all the more enjoyable.