Checking In: Château St Pierre de Serjac

Gilles Coulon/Tendance Floue

The newly renovated hotel is, right now, the place to stay in the Languedoc.

The just reopened Château St Pierre de Serjac, in France's Languedoc wine region, shifts the spotlight from the country's southern beaches to its vineyards. The working wine estate underwent a two-year, $28 million renovation that includes the addition of an eight-room hotel, 36 rental villas that each sleep up to ten people, and a Cinq Mondes spa. It's a collaboration between winemaker Laurent Bonfils and hoteliers Karl and Anita O'Hanlon, the masterminds behind Château Les Carrasses, which opened in 2011 and helped spearhead the Languedoc's recent renaissance. The property is spread across 200 acres, with an infinity pool, bike trails, a clay tennis court, and a boulodrome for playing pétanque. The original château, once home to the Baron Cyprien de Crozals family, has guest rooms with Louis XVI–meets-midcentury touches, from freestanding roll-top baths to vintage chandeliers. Downstairs, the drawing room is now a speakeasy-inspired bar anchored by a 19th-century fireplace, while the original dining room has been reimagined as a restaurant with a wine list showcasing bottles produced across Bonfils's 23 estates. Rooms from $240; D30, bet. Pouzolles and Magalas, Puissalicon; 33-4/67-93-12-34;