Mendoza and its Wines
Mendoza is known as ‘the land of Sun and the good wine’. This is the perfect tour to get acquainted with charm and spirit of its local wines, visiting some of wineries located around the city and all over this beautiful province, will allow you to gain greater knowledge of the industry as you will see the wine production techniques and some of the best preserved secrets of wine tasting.
DAY 1 MENDOZA – TUPUNGATO
Reception at the airport and transfer to the Tupungato, in the Uco Valley are, where a large quantity of vineyards belonging to the larger main Argentina and foreign wineries have been placed. The Uco Valley is a privileged area for grape and high quality wines production due to its location at the foot of the Andes Range, with a unique landscape and heights of more than 3200feet. Among the grapevines you can find chardonnay, merlot malbec and Semillon varieties, with different characteristics of those in other areas of the province. Accommodation in the small Posada Salentein, a place surrounded by mountains, vineyards, streams and woods. Different activities can be practiced here, like trekking, fishing, 4WD riding or visiting Salentein’s wines cellar. This wine cellar is located 3,937 feet high. The pinot noir is cultivated at Finca San Pablo, which belonged to the Jesuit priests. This building is unique, as it has long shape with a small independent cellar in the wing. Dinner at the posada with guided wine stating included. Accommodation.
DAY 2 TUPUNGATO
Breakfast. Visit Bodegas Lurton and Fapes in Uco Valley. Bodega Lurton, belongs to the brother Jacques and Francois Luton, who elaborate ‘varietal’ and generic wines its the following grapes; malbec, cabenet sauvignon, merlot, surah and grey pinot. Bodega Fapes, is one of the oldest wine cellar in the area, and it outstanding in the art of combining the traditional with the new elaboration trends. The enthusiasm of it s owners will allow you to discover many wine secretes in a friendly atmosphere. Lunch at Salentein. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the different activities offered in the place. Dinner at the posada with guide wine tasting included.
DAY 3 TUPUNGATO/ MENDOZA
Breakfast. Departure to the productive oasis of the Central-West area. Visit Bodegas Norton and Lagarde. Bodegas Norton, founded in 1895 by an English engineer, is located in Lujan de Cuyo. This winery has state of the art technology, without denying its history. Among the cultivated grapevines you can find malbec, cabenet, merlot, Semillon, cjenin, chardonnary , Riesling and Barbera d’Asti.
Casa Vinicola Viniterra, located in Lujan de Cuyo, is a boutique wine cella which produced wines of the chardonnay, sauvignon Blanc and chenin among the white grapes; malbec cabernet sauvignon, syarh, merlot, Sangiovese and bonarda among the red vaieties. Bodgas lagarde is well known for its prestigious wines, elaborated in limited lots in a centennial wine cellars, regularly participating in international competitions. Its ‘finas’ (productive ranches) are located in the city of Lujan de Cuyo. The main varieties produced are the red cabernet sauvignon, malbec merlot, syrah, pinot noir, Petit Verdot, and the white chardonnay, sauvignon Blanc, Chenin and semillion. Lunch at a restaurant in the area. In the afternoon visit to Bodega Domaine Vistalba. The French owners of this winery have managed to combine the ‘savoir faire of it origins with the grapes produced by the native soil. This wine cellar elaborates it products in the way of French Chateaux. Retun to Mendoza. Accommodation at the Hyatt Hotel. Dinner at leisure.
DAY 4 MENDOZA
Breakfast. The City which dates back to the XVI Century is located in one of the province’s oasis. A city tour will let you know the city history and culture; it was founded more than four centuries ago by Spaniards. Understanding the local culture will definitively mean a better understanding of the wine soul. We will go though its tree-lined avenues and it streets bordered by ‘acequias’ (irrigation ditches) and we will visit the city’s most important attractions. Visit to Bodega La Rural, one of the first local wineries, founded in 1895 by an Italian immigrant (Felipe Rutini). Among the most cultivated grapes you can find the white Riesling, chardonnay, chenin, gewuztraminer (the only wine cellar that cultivates this kind of grapes) and the red merlot, malbec and cabernet sauvignon).
It has a wine museum, on of the most important ones in the world, with an exhibition of elements of the original wine cellar. Lunch at a restaurant in the area. In the afternoon, visit to Bodega Lopez, one of he most traditional cellars in Argentina. It uses sate of the art equipment without altering the almost handicraft traditions process which is a hallmark of the winery of Argentina. It owns properties in Maipu and Lujan de Cuyo. Among the varieties cultivated you can find: cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec, pinot noirm Semillon, chardonnay and chenin. Return to the hotel in the evening enjoy a superb dinner at ‘1884’, a restaurant owned by Francis Mallmann, the worldwide renowned chef. Accommodations.
DAY 5 MENDOZA
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport to board a flight to Buenos Aires.