Culinary Experience

Spend 4 days indulging in Argentina finest wine region: Mendoza. Visit fabulous Mendoza wineries and enjoy....

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.At night, enjoy a special dinner at one of Mendoza´s top restaurants 1884. Run by the well known chef Francis Mallmann, the restaurant is located in the historic Escorihuela winery, in the heart of the country's thrilling wine region. Last year, 1884 rated seventh among the world's most desirable restaurants in a London Times list.

Day 2: Cooking class in the Andes  

We deeply believe that food is a very good way to learn about the culture, traditions and customs of the locals and what can be better than a cooking class. Today get the story behind the food while exploring Luján de Cuyo wine region, the cradle of Argentina's wine renascence, and discover the joys of cooking, using the finest ingredients and learning the secrets of local dishes in a unique cooking experience at  Bodega NORTON

Founded in 1895 by Edmund James Palmer Norton, an English engineering who first set eyes on Mendoza countryside during the construction of the train line that joined Mendoza and Chile, the winery experienced across the years strong international growth and positioned itself as one of the leading wine exporters in the country, at present reaching more than 60 countries.

Greeted by one of Norton's specialized guide, you'll visit the winery facilities and taste some Malbecs from the tanks and oak barrels till the final product. Then, roll up your sleeves and set your hands to cook conducted by the team of culinary professionals from La Vid, Norton's restaurant. Relax and make yourself at home. Sip some of our favorite wines and nosh on appetizers while preparing some exquisite dishes, which are inspired from authentic recipes, regional cooking techniques, and the fantastic ingredients. Feel like you are in the company of a friend sharing the insider foodie experience in Mendoza-you are. Salud!

Return to Mendoza. Late afternoon and dinner free in Mendoza.

Day 3: Uco Valley Wine Tasting

Spend the day visiting some of the Uco Valley's finest wineries. Located an hour south of the action in Luján, the high-altitude Uco Valley has extended beyond Malbec. Well inside the first mountainsides of the Andes foothills, the Uco Valley presents the highest altitudes at which wines are produced in the province of Mendoza: up to 1,400 meters above sea level. A lush agricultural valley amid a parched desert, the valley floor is dotted by almond trees and orchards. The Andes feel like they are at arm's length.

Our first visit will be to Bodega PULENTA ESTATE. The Pulenta family has been involved in the Argentine viticulture for three generations. Sons of the well known vinegrower Antonio Pulenta and descendants from Italian immigrants, Eduardo & Hugo Pulenta, gave birth to this winery in 2002, providing experience and the most qualified labour. 

Next, we continue west along the rolling countryside to get to Bodega ATAMISQUE. It is owned by John Du Monceau, a Frenchman who fell in love with the place and decided to settle here. As his wife, Chantal's grandfather, had been a winemaker in Burgundy, she was keen to build a winery on the land, and so Bodega Atamisque was born, christened in honor of the original name of the area.

Journey a little farther south to the village of San José and drop in on Bodega ANDELUNA, a winery and vineyard rich with history and romance - just like the country it calls home. This beautiful place is the inspiration for the name Andeluna, which was chosen to symbolize the romance and heritage of the Argentine moon illuminating the magnificent Andes Mountains that frame the Uco Valley near the town of Tupungato. Their cuisine represents a style of cooking mainly based on products and frequent variations. Concept that is taken with the aim of using fresh products that would create a six course tasting menu with subtle constant changes and through this they will be able to offer a one-of-a-kind experience every time you visit their restaurant.

Late in the evening, dinner is included at El Ceibo. This nice restaurant is located right in the center of town and is well-known among travelers because of their international inspired cuisine but with fresh local ingredients. Dig into creamy goat cheese, juicy vine-ripened tomato pebre, and bread baked in a mud oven, as you wait for the simple and fresh full course meal. Absolutely delicious!  

Day 4: To Home

Check out from the hotel and transfer to Mendoza airport. Ask about optional add-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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