Explore the heart of Malbec country with a full day of guided wine tastings in Lujan de Cuyo, located 40 minutes from Mendoza city and considered to be the birthplace of the quality movement that catapulted Argentine wine to the international stage.
The first visit will be to Achaval Ferrer, the first Argentine winery to score 96 points in Wine Spectator. Their wines continue to blaze a trail and prove to the skeptics that Argentine wine is a force to be dealt with. Private visits are difficult to secure (unless you are in the know!) and tasting sessions cellar include a sampling of varietals from the barrel of the Altamira blend.
Belasco de Baquedano is a larger, modern facility and here we use our noses in their unique ‘Hall of Aromas’ to identify up to 46 different notes that we’ll find in wine.
We lunch at Cava de Cano, a true garage bodega where the entire wine production process takes place in a garage sized room. Set in a beautiful colonial style building this is an atmospheric step back in time. Lunch is a spectacular buffet with every type of delicacy.
Our day concludes with a visit to Carmelo Patti. Given that all winemakers are artists, this man is the personification. He does not advertise his boutique winery in any way, shape or form and makes only what his devoted customers actually ask for. Sr Patti has been doing this quite successfully for a cult-like following for over 36 years.
*Prefer to taste wine on two wheels? Ask about our cycling and wine tasting options.