Food for thoughts

DSC_0466Finca Agostino restaurant has quickly established itself as the must-eat-at-place in Mendoza.  
Emilie Giraud tucks into what is also a beautiful family winery and art gallery

Located in Barrancas district of Maipu, on the dry riverbed of what used to be the Rio Mendoza , Finca Agostino is a family venture that spans two continents and half a century. The grandfather Sabastiano Agostino was a Sicilian migrant who worked as a contracter vintner in Mendoza. In the 1960s the family moved to Canada where the son and grandchildren started a construction business. The business was a a success and in 2003 the brothers decided to complete the family dream by creating a winery in honor of their grandfather.

He was obviously held in high regard and the winery is a tribute to all things Mendocino which includes a terrace that offers a dramatic view over the vineyard. Here you can walk in the shadow of a 60-year-old pergola trimmed by roses. There is a  delightful garden with fountains and outdoor sculptures and a lovely Spanish courtyard covered with blue ceramics, inspired by Mendoza City´s Plaza España where the family were originally raised.

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Besides offering regular visits and tastings, the winery currently offers the best cooking class in Mendoza., which is very much hands on and interactive. You pick your own vegetables in the organic orchard and prepare and cook each dish under the professional eye of the chef Sergio. All accompanied by great wine of course.

Another highlight is the 5-course-lunch paired with 5 of their best wines. The pairings are simply brilliant, devised by both the winemaker Jose Pedro Gomez and chef Sergio Guardia together. Goat cheese grilled with sugar and zucchini is perfectly balanced by the sweet aromas of a Torrontes. It fits perfectly with its dryness and good acidit. Fried vegetable ravioli goes with a smooth Merlot. The main course is filet mignon served with the Agostino Familia blend. The service is perfect and the portions generous.

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For siesta what better than to take a glimpse in the exhibition room and its collection by local artists.

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Carril Barrancas 10590 (5517) Barrancas, Maipú, Mendoza, Argentina

T +54 261 5249358/9 – 524 9858/9

info@fincaagostino.com

Open Monday to Sunday. From 10 to 5 – booking required