French winemaker and famous wine consultant Michel Rolland has earned a reputation in Argentina and around the world for his ability to find unique vineyard sites that can produce the highest quality grapes. The Mariflor vineyard has come to life based on a vision Michel and his wife, Dany (also an acclaimed winemaker), had when they first laid eyes on the Uco Valley's rocky soil and dessert climate set against the Andes peaks.
Michel and Dany first set foot in Argentina in the late 1980's in Cafayate. Over the following decades Michel's consultation projects led him to form a partnership venture known as "Clos de los Siete." The Clos de los Siete campo is 2,100 acres that has been divided into individually owned vineyard properties that produce independently owned and named wines, similar to the operation of a Bordeaux Chateau.
The Mariflor vineyard, which spans 247 acres of the Clos de los Siete estate, is managed exclusively by Michel and Dany. A majority of the vines, 148 acres, is dedicated to growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Mariflor also grows Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Petit Verdot. A portion of the yield from the Mariflor vines also contributes to making Clos de los Siete wines.
Until the 2009 vintage, the grapes of Mariflor were vinified at the Bodega Monteviejo in collaboration with winemaker Marcelo Pelleriti. Today everything is produced at Bodega Rolland, the last winery built at Clos de los Siete.
The Mariflor Pinot Noir is a must-try variety; grown at an astounding 3,600 feet Mariflor's Pinot is full of elegance with a taste of ripe fruit and good acidity and balance. The taste will leave you remembering the Uco Valley for more than its Malbec producing potential.
Casa Antucura offers murals, paintings and sculptures to be enjoyed, along with a huge library featuring more than 8,000 books. Guests can tour and sample wines from the Antucura winery and cellar.
Set among 1,500 acres of pristine vineyards in the Uco Valley at the base of the Andes, guests will experience the warmth of the Argentine wine region and settle into modern architecture in conversation with the majestic rise of rugged mountains.
In the heart of the Uco Valley, this large hotel offers a great option if you'd like to spend a few days in the vineyards in a traditional hotel. The hotel provides amenities, good beds, and the standard services.
Set along a riverbed in Tupugato, this offers a very authentic, country experience in Argentina, complete with sheep, goats, and horses.
The vineyards of Bodega Salentein, one of Argentina’s top producing wineries, surround Salentein’s quaint Posada (inn), which has 16 rooms.
With quaint rooms, impeccable personal and friendly service, and set right within a vineyard this is a great option for people looking to stay in Uco Valley wine country.
Provincial French details with local Argentine ingredients make this farmhouse-style restaurant a great place to check out in the hottest part of The Uco Valley.
Internationally acclaimed chef Francis Mallmann creates inspired regional dishes, showcasing Argentina's famous beef and exceptional wines.
This rustic restaurant is located in the beautiful Manzano Historico in the Uco Valley, where Argentina’s San Martin famously returned from the Andes after liberating Argentina, Chile and Peru.
In a carnivore’s country like Argentina, it can be tricky to get fish in a restaurant, but this popular place specializes in seafood, including shellfish (mariscos).
Originally this was the only restaurant in the Uco Valley. Since the wine industry and tourism there has boomed over the last decade, there are now other restaurants on the scene, however La Posada de Jamon remains a top choice locally.
Named after one of the best bistros in the world, La Tupiña in Bordeaux, this restaurant in Guiltallary is a great spot for fusion food.
Founded in 1945, Gimenez Riili is a winery that has embodied Argentine passion and excellence for wines for years. With a cozy winery run by a father and his Argentine sons, this winery focused on small, high quality production.
La Azul had humble beginnings as just a vineyard, selling harvested grapes sold to local winemakers. Today it is a thriving boutique winery with a reputation for great quality red wines and attention to detail.
When walking through the winery, you will notice it is designed in the shape of a cross. This design of Salentein's entire property is meant to be both spiritual and practical, intriguing the visitors while making wine production efficient.
Designed like a large French chateau, and located in the middle of the Uco Valley, Andeluna offers great mountain views and vines as far as the eye can see.
The winery was designed with simplicity in mind and is made up of three units – one for tanks, one for barrels, and one for bottles. Orange hued, the building makes a striking impression against the mountain backdrop.
The Bousquet family moved its winery from Southern France in 1998 and settled in Tupungato where today the winery continues to combine their European traditions in winemaking with the climate and terroir of the Uco Valley.
Visitors eat amazing asados paired with great Mendoza wines, fly fish, trek, and of course horseback ride. This excursion is nothing short of a real Mendoza ranch experience.
One of the hottest dates to mix rock n roll and wine is confirmed for Saturday May 3rd at Clos de los Siete. The Monteviejo Wine Rock Tour is back and planned to be better than ever.
Through May 2013, in celebration of the 2012 harvest, the artistic works of Mendocinian artist Gonzalo Anton, will be displayed in Gimenez Riili Winery, located in the Uco Valley, in the Vista Flores region.
Through July 28, 2014, Bodega Salentein's Killka Art Gallery will feature a collection of drawings, paintings and sculpture from three diverse Mendocinian artists.
Rally de Las Bodegas is the only event of its kind that combines competitve motorsport with an elegant experience along Mendoza's wine routes.
Easter Sunday, April 20, in Mendoza is an opportunity to really experience a traditional Argentine Sunday, which involves lingering over lunch with family and friends with plenty of food and bottle or two of vino.
On May 5th, rockers and wine lovers alike will gather at Monteviejo Winery in the Uco Valley, within Michel Rolland's Clos De Los Siete projec, for an afternoon of rock and roll and wine tasting as the 3rd edition of Wine Rock Tour kicks off.
Killka is a wide gallery that features murals, sculptures, and other artistic works all focusing on agriculture in some way. The space itself mimics allegories of viticulture and irrigation at the agricultural oasis.