With 180 degree views of the Andes, The Vines of Mendoza’s Uco Valley Tasting Room offers a unique opportunity to barrel taste, blend your own wines, and even see barrel fermentation in action. With 700 acres of planted vines and The Vines Resort & Spa set to open in December 2013, this is a great spot for learning about winemaking by some of Mendoza’s most awarded winemakers, including consulting winemaker Santiago Achaval and Pablo Martorell.
Here are just a few of the different tour and tasting options:
Wine and Cheese on the Patio
Put your legs up and relax at The Vines, looking at a wall of Andes Mountains, and enjoy a bottle of Recuerdo with a delectable cheese platter.
Learn what it takes to try young wines and sharpen your skills to become a master taster. This one hour tasting will taste through young wines of six months-two year old and finally a tasting of The Vines’ own wines.
Taste through five of The Vines wines and learn about different Argentine varietals and terroir.
Adventure in the Vineyards and Winery
Learn about what terroir really is with this guided tour that will show you the difference of soil composition, varietals and vine composition. Tour in the winery complete with full tasting.
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Our tip: Recuerdo Gran Corte recently received 92 points from Wine Advocate. Ratings aside, we think it’s a fabulous blend that shows Mendoza well.
A deep violet color, the wine opens with an arresting nose of ripe, black cherry, framed by lively acidity and subtle tannins.
Bright, fresh, and full of summer, Recuerdo Torrontés has a clean straw color with aromatic points of lemon spitz, citrus, and tart white flowers.
Clean greenish yellow with good intensity and bright gleams catch your attention.
Purple-black in color, and full of violets and blueberry jam in the nose, this Malbec holds plenty of blue-black fruit like blackberry, black cherry and dried oregano.
With a clean, transparent and bright red color, The Vines Malbec Rosé is a young, fresh, fruity wine that reminds you of strawberries, red currant and quince.
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.
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.
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.
Tupangato Divino is owned by professionals from Buenos Aires who came to enjoy a simpler way of life and share great cuisine. Located in the middle of Uco Valley vineyards, this remote destination has the blissful advantage of a great Andes view.
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.
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.
In 1989 Matias Mayol and his father bought land in the Uco Valley and started producing grapes, soon becoming one of the most important grape producers for high altitude wineries in Mendoza.
With one of the most accomplished winemakers in Argentina, Marcello Pelleriti, also the head winemaker for Chateau le Gay in Pomerol, Monteviejo is well-known for its high scoring wines; their Lindaflor earned 93 points from Wine Spectator.
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.