Wineries

 

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Mendoza has three main wine regions: historic Maipu (closest to the city); the heartland of Malbec Lujan de Cuyo; and the most up-and-coming region Uco Valley. There are over 1000 wineries in Mendoza, but here is a snapshot at some of the best to visit in the area. Check out our articles on different wineries in the Articles section and Wineries category. 

 

LUJAN DE CUYO

Terrazas de los Andes

The fine wine sister of Chandon Argentina is a beautifully restored bodega with well-appointed tasting room. Make sure to try our favourite: Cheval de los Andes. (0261) 488 0704/5. Thames and Cochamaba, Perdriel www.terrazasdelosandes.com

 

Tapiz

Great wine lodge Club Tapiz has a high-end restaurant, Terruño, and an instructive wine tour including barrel and bottle tasting. You can also visit the winery where a horsedrawn carriage awaits to take you around the vines. (0261) 490 0202. Ruta Provincial 15, Km 32, Agrelo www.tapiz.com

 

Norton

Old-style cellars contrast with a high-tech production line. The tourist friendly tour is a well trodden circuit but also includes tank and barrel tastings, and jug fillings on Thursdays are popular with the locals. (0261) 490 9700. R.P.15, Km 23.5, Perdriel www.norton.com.ar

 

Ruca Malen

Excellent food, great guiding and first-class wines. The pairings over lunch make for an unforgettable culinary experience in this modern winery overlooking the Andes mountains. (0261) 562 8357. R.N.7, Km 1059, Agrelo, Lújan de Cuyo www.bodegarucamalen.com

 

Chandon

The original foreign investor, French-owned Chandon has been making great sparkling wines in Mendoza since the 1960s. Tours include a tasting and you can eat in their Orangerie style restaurant with sparkling wine pairings. (0261) 490 9968. R.P.15, Km 29, Agrelo www.bodegaschandon.com.ar

 

Dominio del Plata

Argentina´s most famous female winemaker Susana Balbo is creating some rich and complex wines in the heart of Agrelo and is known as the Queen of Torrontes. (0261) 498 9200. Cochabamba 7801 Agrelo www.dominiodelplata.com.ar

 

Luigi Bosca

Old, family owned operation with lots of heritage, handsome cellars and a tasting room. (0261) 498 1974. San Martin 2044, Mayor Drummond. www.luigibosca.com.ar

 

Lagarde

Owner of the oldest white wine in South America – a 1942 Semillion. Try the hand- crafted sparkling wine made from 100 year old vines. (0261) 498 0011 Ext. 27. San Martin 1745, Mayor Drummond www.lagarde.com.ar

Kaiken

This rustic 80 year-old winery houses a new venture by the prestigious Chilean winery Montes. Big and powerful wines, destined for fame. (0261) 524 3160. Roque Saenz Peña 5516, Las Compuertas www.kaikenwines.com

Catena Zapata

Showcase winery designed like a Mayan temple overlooking vineyards and the Andes Mountains. Rich, complex wines. (0261) 413 1100. Cobos s/n www.catenawines.com

Melipal

An attractive winery in the heart of Lujan making juicy Malbecs and serving nicely paired gourmet lunches in their intimate restaurant. (0261) 524 8040. R.N.7, 1056km, Agrelo. www.bodegamelipal.com.ar

Decero

Attractive, modern facility with spectacular views of the mountains from the cozy tasting room. (0261) 524 4748. Bajo las Cumbres 9003, Agrelo www.decero.com

Clos de Chacras

Charming boutique operation with nice history, powerful red wines and a pretty fish pond. A five minute walk from Chacras plaza. (0261) 496 1285/155 792706. Monte Libano s/n www.closdechacras.com.ar

 

Carmelo Patti

Mendoza’s most famous garagista (garage wine maker). Carmelo Patti himself is often there to show you around (in Spanish) and pour you a tasting from the barrel. (0261) 498 1379. San Martin 2614.

Vistalba

Tasting room where one entire wall is a subterranean cross section of the actual vineyard clay, roots and rocks. Owned by one of the Pulenta brothers, Carlos Pulenta. (0261) 498 9400. Roque Saenz Peña 3135, Vistalba www.carlospulentawines.com

 

Belasco de Baquedano

Gleaming modern facility with fascinating aroma room where you can train your schnozz and a restaurant with Andean view. (0261) 153 02349. Cobos 8260. www.belascomalbec.com

 

Piattelli

A lovely family owned winery done in a Tuscan style. Enjoy lunch on a deck beside a pond and try their unusual oaked Torrontes. (0261) 479 0123. Calle Cobos 13710 www.piattellivineyards.com

 

Achaval Ferrer

Modern boutique close to Mendoza riverbed. Big concentrated wines that are known across the globe. (0261) 488 1131. Calle Cobos 2601, Perdriel www.achaval-ferrer.com

 

Alta Vista

Masterful mix of modern and traditional in this French-run winery. Tasting includes distinctive Torrontes or single vineyard Malbecs. (0261) 496 4684. Álzaga 3972, Chacras de Coria www.altavistawines.com

Mendel

An old style winery ran by one of Argentina’s most famous winemaker dynasties the De La Motta family. (0261) 524 1621. Terrada 1863, Mayor Drummond www.mendel.com.ar

Bonfanti

A lovely winery in a pastoral setting. Up close and personal tours with the owners themselves and a tasting room set amidst the vines. (0261) 488 0595. Terrada 2024.

Benegas Lynch

Rich history and richer wines. Lovely old bodega with lots of character and a wonderful Cabernet Franc blend. (0261) 496 0794. Ruta 60. Cruz de Piedra www.bodegabenegas.com

Dolium

A completely underground winery with innovative design and top notch Malbecs. Tastings with the owner and vertical tastings available. (0261) 490 0190. R.P.15, Km 30 s/n, Agrelo www.dolium.com

Caelum

Modern, medium size winery on the main road to Chile just before the mountains and has a nice family feel to it with an Italian winemaker. (0261) 156 439564. R.N.7 km 1060, Agrelo www.bodegacaelum.com.ar

Dante Robino

Founded in 1920, an atmospheric old-style winery with a modernist, light-filled tasting room with excellent view of mountains and vines. (0261) 488 7229 Ext. #2. Callejón Maldonado 240, Perdriel, www.bodegadanterobino.com.

Viña Cobos

American winemaker Paul Hobbs was one of the first to recognise the possibilities of Malbec and his Bramare label is possibly one of the best examples of this varietal. (0261) 479 0130. R.N. 7 www.vinacobos.com

 

Pulenta Estate

Cool minimalist design and rich complex wines make this a winery with finesse and style. Try their Cabernet Franc and don’t be shy of reserving yourself a chocolate paired tasting. (0261) 155 076426. Ruta 86, Km 6.5 www.pulentaestate.com

Renacer

Owned by a Chilean family, this attractive winery organises fun tastings learning how to blend your own wine. Renacer xXXX

 

 

VALLE DE UCO

 

 

Salentein

Designed like a temple to wine, this ultra-concept winery includes a modern art gallery, lodge, and chapel set high in the Andean valley. (02622) 429 500. R.P 89 s/n, Tunuyan www.killkasalentein.com

 

O. Fournier

Mendoza’s most architecturally innovative winery with rich, concentrated wines. Excellent lunches in the modernist visitor center. (02622) 451 088. Los Indios s/n, La Consulta, San Carlos www.ofournier.com

 

La Azul

Simple, small production winery with not so simple Malbecs and a small traditional restaurant. (02622) 423 593.  R.P 89 s/n. Agua Amarga www.bodegalaazul.com

 

Finca La Celia

One of the valley’s oldest wineries. They conduct excellent tours and tastings. (02622) 451 010. Av. De Circunvalacion s/n, Eugenio Bustos, San Carlos www.fincalacelia.com.ar

 

Benvenuto de la Serna

Charming, family-run operation making a very decent Sangiovese under the Mil Piedras label. (02622) 420 0782. Carril Los Sauces s/n, VistaFlores, Tunuyan www.benvenutodelaserna.com

 

Altus

A red barn-like winery which faces a lovely adobe-style restaurant doing excellent lunches. (02622)

155 080261. Las Vencedoras, Tupungato www.altusdetupungato.com.ar

Andeluna

The old-world style tasting room looks upon dramatic views of vineyards against mountains. (02622) 423 226 Ext 113. R.P. 89, Km 11, Gualtallary, Tupungato www.andeluna.com

 

Gimenez Riili

A new family run affair, part of the exciting Vines of Mendoza project. This is a modern winery in a stunning setting. (0261) 424 5973. Ruta 94 (s/n), Tunuyán www.gimenezriili.com

Atamisque

This Uco winery has some great white wines, a unique stony roof and they breed their own trout which is served in the charming restaurant. (0261) 156 855184. R.P. 86 (Km 30), San Jose www.atamisque.com

MAIPU

 

 

Trapiche

Argentina’s biggest winery is a mix of old and new, traditional and industrial, and has the old train tracks leading up to it. (0261) 520 7666. Mitre s/n. Coquimbito www.trapiche.com.ar

 

Tempus Alba

A fine modern winery set in the rural lanes of southern Maipu. The rooftop terrace overlooks the vineyard. (0261) 481 3501. Perito Moreno 572, Maipu www.tempusalba.com

Familia Zuccardi

A professional, far-sighted operation. Attractive restaurant amidst the vines, famous for its asado-style lunches and generous wine pourings. (0261) 441 0000. R.P. 33, Km 7.5, Maipu www.familiazuccardi.com

Rutini / La Rural

Well-stocked museum with invaluable antiques like cowhide wine presses and buckets. Giant oak tanks stand in large, cavernous halls. (0261) 497 2013 Ext.125. Montecaseros 2625, Coquimbito www.bodegalarural.com.ar

 

Lopez

Popular, old-style winery with two museums on the wine. Restaurant offers gourmet cuisine with a panoramic view. (0261) 497 6554. Ozamis 375, Gral Gutiérrez www.bodegaslopez.com.ar

 

Flichman

Steeped in history and tradition. Charming, pink-hued, colonial-style bodega, set in the leafy vineyards of southern Maipu. (0261) 497 2039. Munives 800, Barrancas, Maipú www.flichman.com

Familia

Di Tommasso

Officially the oldest winery in Mendoza and still run by Argentine hands. Their charming and rustic restaurant looks onto the vineyard, just two steps away. (0261) 524 1829. Urquiza 8136, Russell  www.familiaditommaso.com

 

Carinae

Small, charming, French-owned winery offering personal tours and well-honed wines. Surrounded by vineyards and olive trees. (0261) 499 0470. Videla Arande 2899, Cruz de Piedra www.carinaevinos.com

 

SAN MARTIN

 

 

Familia Antonietti

A family winery in San Martin where you can have a tour with the owners, try some of their sparkling wines and stay for a homecooked lunch. (0261) 4390964/155688905. Pizarro s/n esq. Zelazar Chapaney.

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