If you find yourself in Argentina, wine country is an absolute must, even if it’s just a couple of days. It’s an easy flight from Buenos Aires, the wines are delicious, and the proximity to Patagonia makes the setting picture-perfect. I’ll have more info on Mendoza in general in my next post, so check back for updates. This post will focus on the day we spent touring wine country, and why I’d recommend the company we used to anyone and everyone!
I spent a good bit of time researching different wine tour companies (like, a LOT of time), so let me save you the time and tell you why you should check out Mendoza Wine Camp. We absolutely loved the experience they offered – it wasn’t just about going to wineries, touring, tasting, and then leaving. Each winery we went to focused on different aspects of wine-making – after the first winery, we knew it was worth the money, and by the fourth, we were trying to figure out when we could come back for another one of their tours! Check out their website here for more specifics on pricing, additional tours, more reviews, etc.
Mendoza has a few different regions within wine country: Lujan de Cuyo, Maipu, and Uco Valley. We chose to do the 1-day, Lujan de Cuyo tour based upon recommendations from friends who had been previously to the region. Our guide was Adam, one of the owners who started the company. He picked us up around 8am and we were at our first winery by 9 (I know, it’s early, but it’s also vacation, right?!).
Clos de Chacras: our first stop was a smaller, family-owner winery called Clos de Chacras. We were able to take a tour of the cellars before sitting down for a tasting. The tasting here was pretty typical – we were able to try several different varietals, and we were given a couple of finger foods to pair with a few of them.
Kaiken: next, we headed to Kaiken winery, where we were able to spend a good bit of time touring the actual vineyards. After the tour, we went back to the tasting room where we tasted several amazing wines. The unique feature of this particular visit was that we were able to make our own wine blends in pairs, and then did a blind tasting/vote. The winning team got to take a bottle of the wine they made home!
Ruca Malen: for our third winery, we headed to Ruca Malen where we did a 7-course tasting with wine pairing. This is a pretty famous winery in Argentina, so we were really excited we were able to go here for lunch. They even catered to the vegetarian in our group (me!), including my own personalized menu.
Casarena: for our final stop, we headed to Casarena. After a vine tour, we sat in the upstairs tasting room overlooking the vineyard and mountains and got to participate in a really fun sensory experience. We were given several small bottles and were tested on which scent we picked up. Some of them were much easier than others, but as a group we were able to get almost all of them. It was just a really nice, different way to experience and learn about wine, and then we were better able to pick out some of the elements of the wines we tasted afterwards.
We were dropped back at our hotel by 5:30/6pm, and Adam even helped us with dinner recommendations in Mendoza town for that night, so not only was the wine tour a success, but we were also able to have an amazing final meal in Mendoza thanks to Adam’s recommendation!
Tip: booking online and paying with cash both get you a discount ($10 each per person).
I’d HIGHLY recommend checking out Mendoza Wine Camp for your next trip to Argentina wine country. Have any questions? Drop me a line!