Experience the thrill of making simple vino patero wine as you stomp on plump grapes in massive wooden barrels, or directly engage with pioneering winemakers and embark on informative tours around notable wine estates, engaging in the complex and age-old process of wine-making, with a brand new twist.
The award-winning wineries nestled in Mendoza are world renowned. They range from craft estates to breathtaking architectural masterpieces that house the most diverse selection of wines. Situated at the foothills of the Andes, these estates draw food lovers, wine connoisseurs and adventure seekers. The Valle de Uco contains several micro terroirs, where the characteristic taste and flavour of a particular wine is determined by the environment in which it is produced. This relatively unexplored region has undergone a revival , where a new generation of winemakers has injected the industry with creativity, passion, and a technical knowledge that extracts maximum expression from local grape variations. These innovators have built boutique wineries that boldly experiment with pioneering and enterprising ways of implanting vines to cultivate the best grapes and produce limited editions of very specific wines.
The Mendoza province is known as Argentina’s premium wine region, responsible for nearly two-thirds of the country’s entire wine production. Ideally located on the eastern slopes of the Andes, near the towering Aconcagua Mountain, the vineyards are often 1 000 metres (3 280 feet) above sea level, with the grapes planted at some of the highest altitudes in the world. Malbec is the area’s chief grape variety, followed closely by Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
The last twenty years of wine making in Mendoza put Malbec wines on the global map, resulting in generous investment into the area and the subsequent developments, such as elegant architectural work, new technology, luxury accommodation and world class food and wine menus.