Your flight arrives at the Mendoza International Airport and you will be greeted by your host just outside the secure area, then driven by private car to an exclusive Country Inn, located in Chacras de Coria, an upscale country suburb of Mendoza City and the center of the original wine country....just a short drive from the major wineries of Maipu and Lujan de Cuyo.
Our tour begins with an afternoon departure from the hotel to see the city of Mendoza. At night we will have a special dinner at one of Mendoza’s top restaurants Francis Mallman 1884, which the British newspapers The Times and The Daily Telegraph has rated the seventh-best restaurant in the world.
After breakfast we start to explore the Lujan de Cuyo district, the cradle of Argentina´s wine renascence, which put Argentina back on the wine map with its stunning Malbec.
Your tour starts at Bodega Catena Zapata. Besides the striking, Mayan-pyramid inspired architecture, Catena Zapata offers unparalleled views of the Andes and the surrounding vineyards. The winery symbolizes a family’s pride in its roots and a keen desire to show to the world the uniqueness of Mendoza as a wine-producing region.
Your next stop is Bodega Finca Decero, a new winery with a superb view of the Andes mountain range. The privileged characteristics of the terroir and the weather conditions of the area allow the cultivation of outstanding red grapes. After our tour and tasting we are going to have an exclusive gourmet lunch at Ruca Malen, enjoying its delicious cuisine as well as a vertical wine tasting. Ruca Malén works with the key concept of QUALITY, in order to produce wines of style, elegance, and distinction.
Your tour ends with a visit to the Bodega Tapiz, owned years ago by Jess Jackson and his Kendall-Jackson wine group. Carolina Fuller is a charming Anglo-Argentine guide with a great passion, expertise and infectious enthusiasm for wine making. She will show us the vineyards and explain planting, pruning and harvesting techniques, encouraging tastings at every stage of the process, from grapes to bottle. Tapiz usually includes a horseback ride through the vineyard !
We´ll have dinner at Club Tapiz, located on an estate built in 1890 and surrounded by vineyards, which is regarded as one of Mendoza´s best restaurants.
After breakfast, we are going to visit the exclusive high-altitude wine growing area of Valle de Uco (1 and half hour drive from Mendoza City).
Well inside the first mountainsides of the Andes’ foothills, the Uco valley presents the highest altitudes at which wines are produced in the province of Mendoza: up to 1,400 meters above sea level. The best wines are produced from grape varieties that have short ripening cycles, especially Chardonnay, Semillon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir.
Our first visit will be to Bodega Salentein, a modern winery located at the foothills of the Tupungato Mountain. They are producing one of the best Pinot Noir Reserves. We will also visit The Killka Convention Center, their cinema and Art Gallery.
We will then enjoy a gourmet lunch in a beautiful rural house at Bodega Altus, famous for a different concept of wines in the area.
Our last stop is Andeluna Cellars, a new winery located in one of the most imposing sceneries in the world. Tour, tasting and time to relax in front of the vineyards and mountains, enjoying also its beautiful old style house. Back to Mendoza around 6.30pm.
We'll celebrate that last night at the famous Bistro M, the main restaurant of the Park Hyatt, Mendoza City´s only five-star hotel. Bistro M serves traditional Mendocinean dishes prepared in the French style.
Breakfast, then your host will escort you back to Mendoza Airport.