Many Argentinian’s believe that making a great wine is an act of generosity, and this country has been very generous in producing some of the world’s most incredible wines. This is no doubt thanks in part to the perfect growing conditions and spectacular countryside to be found throughout the majority of this vast and beautiful destination. But there is an undeniable passion too, a passion you’ll recognise in the incredible flavours produced at three of our favourite wineries. Without further ado, here’s the shortlist…
Against a spectacular backdrop of the Andes Mountains, Mendoza is recognised as one of the nine great wine capitals of the world along with: Rioja (Spain), Bordeaux (France), Cape Town (South Africa) and Napa Valley (USA). Located in the Tunuyán region of Mendoza, at 2,000 hectares, Salentein in the Uco Valley has the single biggest cool climate estate in Argentina with five different micro-climates for growing wines. It’s a stunning place to explore, and you’ll get to try some of the most delicious wines on earth. Our favourite? The Salentein Malbec.
The Biondolillo family were one of the first to plant vines in Maipú when they founded the Bodega Tempus Alba vineyards just 30 minutes south of the Mendoza city. Today, Leo and Mariano are now the 4th generation of the family to oversee the wine making in their vineyards which are surrounded by orchards and olive trees. After just one sip we were in love with their Cabernet Sauvignon. 70% of the hand-picked Cabernet Sauvignon grapes mature in French oak and 30% American oak barrels for 6 months giving the wine its hint of toasted balsamic notes on the finish. Heaven.
Casa de Uco
It’s time to embrace ‘vineyard time’ at Casa de Uco, Mendoza’s unrivalled and world-class wine resort. Modern design and refined wine production are central to this Argentinian retreat. What’s more, the restaurant’s dishes are all inspired by the local fresh produce growing in the organic garden, a prized possession that rivals, and complements, their first-class wines. The ultimate overnight vineyard retreat, be sure to try their Salvaje, a wine that embodies Malbec in its most natural form. An expressive wine that comes from the unique terroir in the Uco Valley in Mendoza; every powerful bottle pays tribute to the rich landscape and native flora and fauna of the region.