We’ll admit it; our driving passion is food, wine, and exploring how these are intrinsically tied to the local culture: the people, places, and nature.
Indulge in Mendoza´s hottest wine regions and visit traditional and new remarkable wineries, each with its own unique approach to wine-making.
- Indulge in the very best of Mendoza wine country
- Sample superb high - end Malbecs
- Learn how to taste wines like a pro
- Gain access to boutique wineries
Day 1: Welcome to Mendoza
Arrival to Mendoza and airport meet and greet and transfer to your hotel/lodge. 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
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 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.
Mendoza Holidays Wine Tours has once again received an International ¨Best of Wine Tourism Award¨ (2009/2010/2011/2012) thanks to the exceptional and memorable wine tourism experience offered to clients. Great Wine Capitals Global Network. www.greatwinecapitals.com
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- 04 night´s accommodation in double base with breakfast
- Three full day tours (Include: private transportation from and to your hotel, bilingual tour guide, visits and Premium tastings, gourmet lunches with fine wines, bottled mineral water throughout)
- Travel Insurance during the activities
- All taxes
- Flight tickets. Airport taxes.
- Tips and gratuities for guide, driver, restaurant.
The price will depend on the number of people travelling in your party, wineries visited, accommodation and activities included within the tour or arranged on a custom basis. Special discounts for groups of 4 or more. Private Tour. 20% OFF when paying by Paypal !
Getting to Mendoza:
Mendoza Airport is one of major international airports in Argentina. Flights to Mendoza include a number of domestic airlines as well as international flights. Aerolineas Argentinas and Latam connects Mendoza to Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Salta and Bariloche.
The airport is also well connected with most cities in South America. Sky Airlines, GOL and Latam connect Mendoza with Santiago de Chile (4 daily flights), Sao Paulo (2 flights a week ), Lima (4 flights a week) and Rio de Janeiro (once a week).
- Mendoza by Bus
Travel by bus is very comfortable in Argentina and Chile. There are sleeper buses with seats that recline 180 degrees with on-board dinner (drinks included). As an excellent alternative means of getting our province, we recommend the luxury buses that travel from Chile or Buenos Aires to Mendoza.
Santiago de Chile (SCL) is a very convenient airport for flying into South America. There are several bus companies which run the route Santiago to Mendoza. It is one of the most popular bus connections and you will not have any problems to get a bus ticket on spot. After doing this journey you will not need to take the famous ¨High Mountain Tour¨ from Mendoza, which drives exactly the same road. We recommend CATA and Andesmar which also book seats online at: www.catainternacional.com & www.andesmar.com
*This exciting package is a totally PRIVATE experience and is NOT a group tour. Available all year round. Prior to confirmation, all rates are subject to change without notice and based upon limited availability.
**Early reservations for this tour are recommended.
***The wineries you will visit on your Mendoza wine tasting tour may vary slightly according to the day and number of people. Depending on the day, the wineries visited will be different.This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. Payment of the deposit or full payment indicates you have read and accepted our Terms and Conditions.
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Mendoza Holidays Wine Tours has once again received an International ¨Best of Wine Tourism Award¨ (2009/2010/2011/2012) thanks to the exceptional and memorable wine tourism experience offered to clients.Great Wine Capitals Global Network. www.greatwinecapitals.com