BODEGAS TO VISIT
Medoza’s many bodegas offer not only wine tasting but also full tours and stunning views of the Andes. However, many encourage reservations, and even those that do not are likely to give you some extra attention if they are expecting you. Calling ahead is recommended.
Clos de los Siete / Monteviejo
Part of Clos de los Siete, Monteviejo is the first of seven wineries to be built in this monumental French project led by Michel Rolland. Enjoy the magnificent views of the snow-capped Andes while visiting Monteviejo, Cuvelier and Flecha de los Andes in a same day tour.
Address: Calle Clodomiro Silva s/n – Vista Flores – Tunuyán – Phone: (02622) 42-2054
Jacques & François Lurton
Brothers Jacques and Francois Lurton, based out of Bordeaux, France, are now making award-winning wine around the world. Their Argentine project is more than 10 years old, and is producing some of the Uco Valley’s most memorable wines.
Address: Ruta Provincial 94 Km. 21 – Vista Flores – Tunuyán – Phone: (02622) 49-2078 – Marco Toriano
With a commitment to contemporary, boutique artistry, this bodega selects only the best of each year’s grape harvest to produce exclusive, first-rate wines. Whether you have a thirst for a full-bodied wine or a taste for innovation, La Azul is well worth a visit.
Address: Ruta Provincial No 89 s/n – Agua Amarga – Tupungato – Phone: (02622) 42-3593
Grand production meets high style at this magnificent monument to winemaking. Guides conduct dramatic tastings behind an impressive marble altar. Recently opened, Killka offers an exclusive collection of classical and modern art, paintings and sculptures. Enjoy other sensory pleasures at their International Cuisine Restaurant.
Address: Ruta 89 esquina Elías Videla – Los Arboles – Phone: (02622) 42-3550 / 42-9000
Spanish company O. Fournier built this temple of gravity-only winemaking in homage to its resident winemaker. It is worth the trip to the Valle de Uco to see this marvel of architecture and technology and to taste their award-winning Tempranillo blends.
Address: Los Indios (between Ruta 40 and Ghilardi) – La Consulta – Phone: (02622) 45-1088 / 45-1598
Named for a constellation only visible during the South American wine harvest, this boutique gem is owned by a French couple (Philippe and Brigitte Subra) with a passion for the sky and the Mendoza terroir. On summer nights, take the time for a nice dinner and stargazing.
Address: Videla Aranda 2899 – Cruz de Piedra – Maipú – Phone: (0261) 499-0470 / 155 136 522 – Philippe and Brigitte Subra
Located in Barrancas, a region known and named for the picturesque ravines (barrancos) that surround it, Finca Flichman has an exceptional view of the majestic Andes and a history that dates back to the planting of its first vineyards in 1873.
Address: Munives 800 – Barrancas – Maipú – Phone: (0261) 497-2039 / 45 – Maria Julia Cahiza
In addition to producing great wines, La Rural also houses a museum of antique 19th century wine making tools. The winery’s tour is like taking a trip back in time, one may see how Argentine wine was produced a century ago.
Address: Montecaseros 2625 – Coquimbito – Phone: (261) 497-2013 – Leticia (Guide)
Address: Franklin Villanueva 3826, Lunlunta, Maipú. – Phone: (0261) 499-0514 – Lorena Gil, Virginia Aramayo or Federico Falke
The Biondolillo family shares every detail of the technological and manual processes that produce “honest, noble, complex, and unique” wines, tended, as they will proudly tell you, “Just as a father raises a son.” Don’t miss this winery if you want to learn about investigation and identification of Mendoza’s soil types and the clones that grow best.
Address: Carril Perito Moreno 572 – Coquimbito – Maipú – Phone: (0261) 481-3501 – Sibila Genolet
LUJÁN de CUYO
Santiago Achaval is passionately committed to producing small quantities of some of the finest Argentine wine. This boutique winery scored 96 points in the Wine Spectator with their 2003 Finca Altamira Malbec. Don’t miss this winery!
Address: Azcuénaga 453 – Mayor Drummond – Luján de Cuyo. – Phone: (0261) 498-4874
Bodegas y Cavas de Weinert
Address: Avenida San Martin 5923, Chacras de Coria, Luján. – Phone: (0261) 496-0825 / 0409
One of Lujan de Cuyo’s flagship wineries, C arlos Pulenta’s architecturally award-winning bodega was inspired by the criollo (Spanish-influenced indigenous) culture. Mariana graciously tours you through the winery and pours the amazing Vistalba and Tomero wines in Club V, their underground tasting room. The property also houses La Bourgogne, a world-class French restaurant with vistas of the surrounding vineyards.
Address: R. Saenz Peña 3531, Vistalba, Luján. – Phone: (0261) 498-2330 / 5495
El Lagar Carmelo Patti
Welcoming each visitor like a long-lost relative, Carmelo Patti personally conducts tours, drawing wine straight from the barrel and offering bottles of his best vintages for tasting. You will fall in love with his charming personality.
Address: San Martin 2614, Mayor Drummond, Luján. – Phone: (0261) 498 1379/ 155601020
Hacienda del Plata
Enjoy a leisurely stroll through their extensive estate vineyards as Juan Pablo passionately shares their vineyard secrets. Indulge in an amazing criollo lunch beneath a canopy of wisteria on the back patio.
Address: Carril San Martin 4871, Chacras de Coria, Luján de Cuyo – Phone: (0261) 496 0900
Enjoy a guided wine tasting on the picturesque second story tasting terrace or indulge in the exquisite wine pairing lunch with commanding vistas of the snow-capped Andes.
Address: Ruta Nacional 7 Km 1059 – Agrelo – Luján de Cuyo – Phone: (0261) 410-6214 / 154541236
Escorihuela is one of the oldest wineries in Mendoza still in operation. The tour focuses on wine production as well as Escorihuela’s important role in the history of Argentine winemaking. It is easy to combine a winery tour, and a visit to the Bodega’s Art Gallery within the bodega’s grounds.
Address: Belgrano 1188, Godoy Cruz, Godoy Cruz – Phone: (0261) 424-2282/ 424-2268
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