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Mendoza Wine Route

Argentina

5 days

Summary

J.R.R. Tolkien once lamented that ‘If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world’. Somewhere in the parched expanse of Argentina, there is an oasis with wine fulfilling this vision and you can be part of it!  Ah, Mendoza! … It is blessed with clear blue skies, snow-peppered mountains, ancient water canals, wide shady boulevards, leafy plazas, cosmopolitan cafes, innovative restaurants, rich farmlands, and of course, vineyards heavy with grapes as far as you can see. This is one of most desirable wine provinces anywhere with over 1000 wineries for you to explore and appraise.

The Mendoza Wine Route uncovers three distinct wine regions. Start with Luján de Cuyo,  the land of Malbec. Next Maipú, the ‘Cradle of Wine’ where the art and science of winemaking in Argentina all began. Then, Valle de Uco challenges the high-altitude to forge innovative wines. Wineries range from cozy family-owned and old-school boutique to large big-name production with architectural masterpieces. Discover them with winetasting and pairing tours, grandma cooking lessons and self-guided cycling trails, vineyard work and foot-stomping grapes. There are also olive groves and central markets, museums and galleries, local bars (with beer, God forbid!) and wine merchants.

The wines of Mendoza are at its bacchanal best in early March every year with the famous Fiesta de la Vendimia, a raucous ‘Grape Harvest Festival’. However, if it is all too much for you, then just remember wine only demands hearty food and honest company, nothing else. In fact, here’s a tip: ‘Sundoza’ is the most heavenly pairing of time and space you could ever have. A Sunday in Mendoza makes for a merrier world!

Anyway, laughter is wine for the soul … or is that the other way around?  Either way, whatever travel you have in mind and heart, make sure it includes wine. So, why not ask our expert team to make sure there’s enough for a second glass. Laidback, Mendoza can be a welcomed break from a busy agenda.

Highlights

  • Discover Mendoza, one of the best places in the world to drink wine and enjoy it with good food and company
  • Visit the top wineries of the region and learn from the experts
  • Learn how to pair wines with gourmet meals
  • Learn about sparkling wines at Uco Valley and learn how the pair it at Chandon winery
  • Be marvelled by a different range of wineries, from family-owned small and cosy wineries to modern buildings with elegant architecture and design

ITINERARY

Day 1 Mendoza

Welcome to Mendoza and transfer to your hotel. Kick-off, your stay in Mendoza with a culinary night tour and wine tasting at Clos de Chacras, followed by a visit to Club Tapiz. Finish with a delicious dinner at El Terruno.

Day 2 Mendoza

Start your day with a wonderful tour dedicated to learn about sparkling wines. A full-day tour dedicated to Argentina’s finest sparkling wines. Start at Cruzat winery where the experience of visiting a sparkling wine factory, is so much more than just a tour and a tasting. At the winery, everybody does their utmost to get visitors to learn about the traditional method of sparkling wine production, identify its products and compare them with those obtained by other methods. Continue to Chandon for a historical tour of this lovely vineyard. Lunch is at Septima Winery; four courses of regional cuisine with matching wines.

Day 3 Mendoza

Enjoy a full-day tour discovering Uco Valley. This valley is only an hour away from Mendoza, and it is known especially by its Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Semillon and Torrontes production. Your first stop is Salentein and Domaine Bousquet vineyards for tastings before you finish at Andeluna for a gourmet 6-course lunch with matching wines.

Day 4 Mendoza

Depart for the Maipo Valle located south of Mendoza. Your first stop will be at Navarro Correas for a wine tasting and continue to Pasrai Olive Farm for some tasty homemade treats and olive oils. Another wine tasting at Luigi before picnic lunch at the Alta Vista Winery.

Day 5 Mendoza

Transfer from the lodge to Mendoza Airport for your outbound flight.

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