Luxury lodges, impressive wineries with ultramodern technology, exceptional gastronomy is what I experienced in my last trip to Mendoza wine regions. Over the past two decades Malbec hit the world stage, Mendoza become the world’s leading region for Malbec and wine tourism is becoming one of the region’s key industries and a remarkable destination for wine lover’s.
In june I had the opportunity to make a trip to Mendoza and discover new gourmet and wine experiences for the new journeys we are designing. Here’s a few highlights of my trip:
The Uco Valley
Trendy wine region settled in the Andea foothills that’s going through a luxury revolution. Located an hour’s drive south from the city of Mendoza, the region is home to the production of some of Mendoza’s very best fine wines.
Against an environment of snowy Andean peaks it is considered by many to be the ‘Jewel’ of the Mendoza wine regions. Tours of the vineyards, wineries and cellars. Tastings, Gastronomic meals, Argentinean asado barbecues, wines matched with food. Tours of the countryside and the surrounding area with a focus either on natural features or culture and traditions are some of the activities that Uco valley has to offer.
Clos de los Siete Vineyards
Clos de los Siete is located at the foot the Andes mountain range, in the heart of the Uco Valle. The history of Clos de los Siete is related to enologist Michel Rolland, wine advisor and consultant in several prestigious wineries all around the world
Michel Rolland’s enthusiasm made it possible for a group of French partners to come together. He was joined by 4 Bordeaux families, also winegrowers, passionate about wine and curious about this country at the other side of the world. Four bodegas were then built. Monteviejo, Cuvelier los Andes, DiamAndes and Bodega Rolland.
The Vines resort and spa
The Vines of Mendoza, One of the Uco Valley pioneers, started his life as a vineyard ownership project allowing oenologists to purchase a small piece of terroir in a spectacular Andes-dominated setting. Today, 500 hectares are distributed between more than 130 private estates, a 28-villa resort and spa, and a winery. There’s also Siete Fuegos restaurant led by one of Argentina’s most renowned chefs and grill specialists, Francis Mallmann.
Entre Cielos, luxury boutique hotel
Located in Luján de Cuyo wine area, a 20-minute drive from Mendoza. This is the lodge where I stayed during my trip. When we arrived at the lodge, we were greeted at the gate by with a glass of rosé from the Mendoza-area hotel’s vineyards. With an ultra-modern design, timeless furniture, rotating art exhibition this luxury boutique hotel is an extraordinary experience! The lodge also boasts Latin America’s first authentic six-stage circuit hamam spa. The hotel boasts 16 uniquely designed rooms including a one-of-a-kind ‘Vineyard Loft” that rises high above the vineyard featuring an outdoor jacuzzi tub and unparalleled star gazing through numerous skylights!
Casa El Enemigo
Alejandro Vigil, the renowned Catena Zapata’s winemaker opened the doors of his farm to share lunches, dinners and tastings with his premium labels.
The restaurant inspired by the Divine Comedy is called Casa El Enemigo. El Enemigo translates as the enemy. Nodding to the fact that at the end of any journey, most remember only one battle — the one fought within (the original enemy). This is the battle that defines us. The wines of El Enemigo are a tribute to those internal battles that make us who we are.