What Is A Wine Bath Or Wine Spa?
A wine bath, also known as a wine spa or vinotherapy, is a spa treatment that embraces antioxidants found in red wine grapes for a total-body spa experience.
Image Of Wine Grapes Surrounded By Containers Of Spa Oil
Alison Huff
Dr. Diana Rangaves
Q: What Is A Wine Bath Or Wine Spa?
A: A wine bath, also known as a wine spa or vinotherapy, is a type of spa treatment that first emerged in the early 1990s, embracing the antioxidants found in red wine grapes for a total-body spa experience.

Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas, the power couple behind the well-known skincare brand, Caudalie, centered their product line around the use of grapes.

Long story short, this evolved into the creation of the wine spa, a full-body soak that uses red vine leaf extracts and all of the stuff that’s leftover from the process of making wine.

The red vine leaf extract and leftover winemaking debris, known as marc, are loaded with polyphenols. Like beer baths, the polyphenols in wine may offer a number of benefits that include:

  • Improved circulation
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Skin hydration
  • Combats premature aging
  • Detoxification
  • Stress relief

Additionally, polyphenols add a boost to the effects of the antioxidant resveratrol, which is touted for its anti-aging properties. Resveratrol may also protect cardiovascular health and offer some protection against cancer, according to one study.

On the other hand, more studies likely need to be done about how many of these antioxidants are actually absorbed into the skin during a wine bath, not to mention wine contains alcohol that might dry out the skin.

A video that the American Chemical Society created goes into deeper detail on the topic.

Wine spas or wine baths don’t actually equate to soaking in a vat of red wine, however.

The name is a bit misleading in that way; they make use of all of the pulp and grape seeds that are left behind after wine is made.

So technically, you’re kind of bathing in wine…but definitely not the stuff you’d want to drink.

That said, most wine spas offer their customers glasses of drinkable wine as they enjoy their soak.

To learn more about vinotherapy (or vinotherapie), this article offers a lot of great information regarding its benefits and the process.