When planning your next trip to the beautiful Mendoza Wine Country, don’t be overwhelmed with the hundreds of winery choices across the county. We’ve selected 10 of the many quality and unique wineries in Mendoza’s hottest wine regions, Luján de Cuyo and Uco Valley. Whether it’s the architecture, ambiance, gardens, history, or art that draws you to these wineries, they’re all unique in their own way.
Domaine St. Diego
Hidden off a country road next to an old ivy-covered church, chime the bell of this tiny garage winery whose owner and winemaker is considered one of the fathers of Mendocino terroir. Using their own savings, ingenuity, and passion, they have transformed and reignited viticulture in this part of Mendoza. Try their hand-crafted wines and pair them with homemade breads, olive oil, walnuts and almonds, while visiting this enchanting place with the family. Franklin Villanueva 3821, Lunlunta, Maipú
Just as Kaikenes (wild geese, indigenous to Patagonia) fly over Patagonia, criss-crossing the land between Chile and Argentina, so have Montes Wines crossed over the Andes and into Argentina, with the firm purpose of producing fine wines, resulting from a perfect combination of the exceptional conditions given in the Mendoza area, plus the work of talented professionals, both Chilean and Argentine. Here you can enjoy a terrific view, dynamic tours and a friendly guiding environment. Roque Saenz Peña 5561, Las Compuertas, Vistalba, Luján de Cuyo, www.kaikenwines.com
Mendel Winery embodies the union of Roberto de la Mota - one of Argentina's most respected and experienced winemakers - with a nearly century-old Argentine family, whose sole objective is to produce wine of unquestionable, superior quality. Proprietor and longtime wine lover, Anabelle Sielecki, diligently tracked down the very best talent Argentina had to offer when seeking Mendel's winemaker, and with utmost charm and perseverance, brought Roberto de la Mota on board. Extraordinary vineyards, passionate people, experience and friendship are all blended to create these truly remarkable wines. Terrada 1863, Mayor Drummond, Luján de Cuyo, www.mendel.com.ar
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 y Hugo Pulenta, gave birth to this winery in 2002, providing experience and the most qualified labour. Their philosophy is a must: to achieve the best quality in their products, keeping an exclusive production and a permanent nature care. “Making a great wine is an act of generosity, always considering the person who will taste it. Our mission is to produce limited series of great wines, proudly made in Argentina”. Ruta Provincial 86. Km 6,5. Alto Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, www.pulentaestate.com
Founded in 1999, Ruca Malen is a fairly new, forward-thinking winery resting in the picturesque foothills of the Andes Mountains in Mendoza, Argentina. It is the result of a partnership between former Bodegas Chandon-Argentina CEO Jean-Pierre Thibaud and Burgundian-born Jacques Louis de Montalembert, both of whom shared the vision of creating the highest quality wines of Argentina. Seat at the winery’s patio and enjoy a sweeping view of the vineyards and the mountains, and treat yourself with a five-course lunch/wine-tasting.Ruta Nacional 7, Km. 1059, Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, www.bodegarucamalen.com
Tempus Alba is the new kid on the block when it comes to wineries in the historic town of Maipu. Located just outside the town's limits in the rural neighborhood of Coquimbito, Tempus Alba sports high-tech facilities like a teenager might shiny sneakers and flashy bling. It is a space Cadillac of winery in an area that is more famous for dusty, adobe style bodegas and giant concrete juice tanks. But of course Tempus Alba is not a pre-pubesant teen with the latest jeans. With wine-making coursing through its veins, this family-owned and operated venture raises their wines as one of their own. A unique state-of-the-art winery producing high quality, world marketable wines made with old world traditions and new world ideas. A new movement is being fostered in this progressive wine temple. Carril Perito Moreno 572, Coquimbito, Maipu, www.tempusalba.com
A winery and vineyard rich with history and romance. 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. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind dining experience sitting at the great table in the dining room while you gaze at the magnificent Andes in the background.www.andeluna.com
Respect for nature has been a privilege around the area where you can really appreciate the “Atamisque”, a native bush that gave the very first name to the farm, about a century ago. At Rincón Atamisque try one of its specialties, trout, coming from the owner’s trout reservoir. RP 86 Km. 30, San José, Tupungato, www.atamisque.com
Salentein history began with the opening of its state-of-the-art winery and cellars just one year after its debut vintage. Like all the facilities on this near 5,000-acre private estate, this uniquely cross-shaped structure was built by regional craftsmen using local materials and incorporating indigenous architectural features. In fact, every element of Salentein underlines the stated goal of this very progressive winery: to make high-quality Argentine wines, while respecting and supporting the people, nature and community from which the wines are created. RP 89 s/n, Vista Flores, Tunuyán, www.killkasalentein.com
Most wine drinkers know Argentina for its malbec. What they usually do not know is that Mendoza, its best wine-growing region, is at 4,000 feet in the Andes, making it one of the highest wine-growing regions in the world. The ultramodern O. Fournier winery is in the Uco Valley, a key Mendoza area. And what does a winery that is at 4,000 feet offer? Mountain peaks no matter where you turn and highly regarded boutique-style syrah and red blends.Los Indios s/n, La Consulta, San Carlos, www.ofurnier.com
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