Over the past 20 years, there has been a revolution in the Argentine wine industry, driven partly by the success of one grape that, in many countries, is used only for mixing – the rich, velvety Malbec. Dense and dark, with full-body richness that few other grapes can mimic, the Argentine Malbec varietal has become all the rage in the United States, and is increasing in popularity among other countries as well. 94% of restaurants in the top ten wine markets in the US feature Malbec on their wine lists, according to a 2010 survey on Wine Spectator magazine.
Experience a savoring experience, as you take in the taste of first-class Argentine wines, and visit some of the most prestigious wineries in Mendoza. Located at the foothills of the Andes mountain range, in the shadow of Mount Aconcagua, the vineyards in Mendoza are planted at some of the highest altitudes in the world; with the average site located anywhere between 2000 and 3600 feet (600 to 1100 meters) above sea level. This allows winemakers to plant at exactly the right altitude for each grape variety to ripen perfectly. Argentina is the fifth wine producer in the world, and with over a thousand active wineries accounting for more than 70% of Argentina’s wine production, Mendoza is considered the heart of the Argentine winemaking industry.
The altitude where the vineyards are cultivated, the thermal range, the lack of precipitation, and the great number of sunny days, together with the quality of the soil, all play a fundamental role in understanding the excellence of Mendoza’s wines. In fact, these wines annually receive numerous prizes and distinctions at the most famous international competitions.
Guided by a local oenologist (wine expert), you’ll enjoy touring the facilities of three wineries, while getting a close-up look at the process of wine-making, and of course… tasting their wines. At our visit to the third winery, we’ll be treated to a gourmet lunch with guided wine tasting.
Our wine tasting tour draws to a close after lunch with a ride back to our hotel, now with a profound knowledge and understanding of what makes Mendoza a truly unique winemaking region.
The winery options we work with for this tour are the best in the region: Norton, Achaval Ferrer, Ruca Malen, Familia Zuccardi, Dominio del Plata, Lagarde, Catena Zapata, La Rural, Tempus Alba, Villa Decero, Navarro Correas, Trapiche, Alta Vista, Nieto Senetiner, Cavas de Weinert, Luigi Bosca, Vistalba, Chandon, Villa Flichman, Viña Cobos, among others.
Rest assured, we’ll be sure to select the best available options for you; taking into consideration not only their wines, but also their facilities, customer service, and making sure you visit wineries which will provide complementary, and not similar, experiences.
Note: Lunch might be done on the second or third visited winery, depending on the available visit times for the wineries.
Since you’ll be doing this tour with your own private vehicle and guide, you’ll be able to enjoy each attraction at your own pace; making all the stops you want, all the while enjoying personalized assistance and care from your expert guide. You’ll also enjoy more convenient and faster transfers to and from your hotel, as there will be no other travelers to pick up or drop off at other hotels.
Important: the tour’s exact itinerary and duration may change subject to weather conditions and decisions of the tour guide to optimize your tour experience.