Best of Mendoza

04 night´s accommodation & 3 full day tours. Breathtaking natural scenery, unmatched personal service and attention to detail. Private Tour.

Day 1: Welcome to Mendoza

Meet-and-greet service at the airport, followed by transfer to the hotel. Day at leisure to explore the city.   

Day 2: Luján de Cuyo Wine Tour

Today explore the different microclimates in the region of Luján de Cuyo. Your first visit will be to Bodega Achaval Ferrer, a boutique winery which produces only limited quantities of high quality red wines. A strong passion and shared love for Mendoza´s terrain brought the perfect union of Argentinean and Italian friends to launch their esteemed winery in 1998. Achaval Ferrer is one of Argentina's most impressive producer. 

Then we will leave for Nicolás Catena's winery, Catena Zapata. You’ll be surprised to discover a pristine Mayan temple tucked away in the vineyards of Mendoza. The impressive, cream-stoned pyramid is the showcase winery for Catena Zapata, one of Argentina’s most prestigious wine makers. Bodega Catena Zapata needs little introduction to most wine lovers. They were the first to bring these high quality wines into the international market, and it is Catena Zapata that deserves the credit for alerting the world to the potential of Argentina. 

We continue to Susana Balbo Winery (Dominio del Plata) where we´ll enjoy a one-of-a-kind dining experience. After twenty years of working as a consultant winemaker both in Argentina and around the world, Susana Balbo decided to open her own winery. In 1999, Susana rented a small winery and began her first batches of wine. Initially the production was quite small. After working in Salta, Susana returned to Mendoza to work in wineries including Bodega Martins and Catena Zapata Winery. She founded Dominio del Plata in 1999 in Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza.The menu is amazing and the courses are universally excellent, with clever taste combinations, great presentation and appropriate wine matching. Return to the hotel.

Day 3: Uco Valley Wine Tour

Located an hour south of the action in Luján, the high-altitude Uco Valley has extended beyond Malbec. At Uco Valley, the height record is not held by a skyscraper, but by the always white summits of the Cordón del Plata range and the sea of vineyards planted more than 1.200 meters above sea level. The scenery is perfect: the mountain range is magnificent backdrop for slender poplars that are quite spectacular in the fall and for endless hectares covered by apple, pear and cherry trees watered by melt-waters streams. 

Our first visit will be to Bodega Salentein. Respectful of the land´s vibrantly textured past, Salentein is equally inspired by the land´s remarkably promising future. It is this delicate balance of old and new- of blending the tradition of long-celebrated European winemaking methods with the bold ingenuity of the New World- that defines the Salentein style.

Then, we move towards Bodega La Azul. Tiny is the impression you have as you drive up to La Azul. It is hard not to look around wondering where the rest of the winery is. A single stark building, not much larger than other winery’s garages is all that is required to make some of the finest wines in Argentina. Hosted by one of the winemakers, we´ll taste their Cabernet and Malbec wines, which have grabbed much attention for their distinct personality and excellent value.

We continue for lunch at one of the great rising stars of the region: Andeluna Cellars. Andeluna would look quite at home in a remote part of Texas as a hunting lodge. This is not accidental, Andeluna has deep roots in Texas. Ward Lay, the owner of Andeluna is the son of the late Texan Herman Lay, founder of Frito-Lay. Situated at the foot of the Andes just outside of the town of Tupungato in the Uco Valley, Andeluna has magnificent views of the mountains. The huge windows of the dining room are designed to take advantage of the effect, allowing us to enjoy the view as much as the food. Return to the hotel. 

Day 4: High Mountain Tour

The Andes mountains in Mendoza have always had an enormous impact on the imagination of those who have seem them. The words with which the characteristics of the Andes were expressed correspond exactly to the categories of the sublime: vertically, grandeur, monumentality, essential purity, the intensity of colors, astonishment, mystical asceticism and transcendence...

The road to Chile is stunning to look at and fascinating to learn about.  Following the route that skirts the winding course of the Mendoza river, you will leave the countryside behind in order to enter the pre-mountain range area. The first stop will be in Potrerillos, a small mountain town, with weekend residences belonging to the inhabitants of Mendoza. There is also an unbeatable view of the Potrerillos dam which forms a breathtaking artificial lake. The following section of the route leads to Uspallata, framed by mountainous landscapes with changing colours, filled with various geological formations and many tunnels on the road. The famous film "Seven years in Tibet" was filmed in this valley.  

The trip continues towards several other small mountain towns, Polvaredas, Punta de Vacas, Penitentes, until you reach Puente del Inca, a natural bridge where Las Cuevas river has drilled into the mountains forming this incredible natural attraction. Thermal water emerges from different areas and several pools are being used by the climbers as a free spa!Close to the border, a wonderful viewpoint allows us to see the Aconcagua Mt in all its splendor, which stands at 6,962 meters ( 22,841 feet) above sea level . We´ll enter the stunning Horcones Lagoon and to the Provincial Park for a small walk and pictures. The mountains in the Andes are the highest in the world outside of the Himalayas. On the way back we will discover the little and charming town of Uspallata, before driving along Mendoza River on the way back to Mendoza city.

This tour is really an amazing way to see and experience the spectacular wilderness areas of the Andes Mountains in Mendoza. End of tour around 6.00pm.

Day 5: to home

Check out from the hotel and transfer to Mendoza airport. Ask about optionaladd-on trips to the cosmopolitan glamour of Buenos Aires, wine tasting in the foothills of the Andes in Salta & Chile. Extra days must be arranged in advance. End of our services.

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