Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Bordeaux, France is not only the home of some of the finest wines in the world, but it is also where the first official wine spa opened in 1999. After stumbling upon the secret that grape seeds are chalk-full of the  antioxidant polyphenol and vitamins C and E, Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas used the leftovers from grape harvesting on their Château Smith Haut Lafitte estate to create the Caudalie line of skin care products, now trademarked as Caudalie Vinothérapie. Their first hotel, Les Sources de Caudalie, offers guests vinotherapy treatments such as a leisurely splurge in the depths of crushed fresh grapes,
 a pulp friction massage or a soothing soak in vintage tinted baths.