Combining the traditional with the modern, Luigi Bosca is one of the most successful wineries in Argentina, known worldwide for its varietals. Established in 1901, the main building is reminiscent of an antique Dutch estate house and is a landmark for locals and tourists alike. The winery is owned by the Arizu family, the original founders. Winemaking is at the heart of the family. Generations have passed down the tradition, making wine with heartfelt passion.
The Luigi Bosca winery has a visitor center which showcases all the wines the bodega produces. The truly beautiful ambience invites guests to stay and linger, spending time taking in the atmosphere, enjoying the wines, and the overall tranquility and charm the winery offers.
Another section of this winery exhibits the work of the artist Hugo Leytes. His "Wine's Way of the Cross" consists of fourteen murals created from concrete that tell the story of winemaking throughout the past. Seeing this monumental work of art adds another dimension to the experience at Luigi Bosca winery.
Reservations to visit the winery can be made on its website. Note that in February and March, the harvest is being taken in, and also that the winery is closed to visitors on Saturday. Luigi Bosca is located in Lujan de Cuyo, about 15 miles (254 kms) outside of the city of Mendoza.
Av. San Martin 2044
Lujan de Cuyo
Tel: +54(0261) 498-0437
The Norton Winery is popular with both locals and travelers since much the workforce speaks both English and Spanish. More than a century old, this winery offers information on wine production and samplings in a very traditional atmosphere in an immaculately restored 19th Century estate. A visit to Norton goes beyond merely seeing the final product: tours are made to the vineyards themselves, and trips to the panoramic wine bar terrace and lunch in the lush garden are essential stops. Visiting is easy, and available to individuals and groups daily between 9:00am and 5:00pm. A new tour begins every hour. Special tours also can be arranged focusing on a particular topic.
Through traditional hands-on work and state-of-the-art technology, the vineyards produce grapes of many varietals. Malbec, Torrontes and Syrah are all part of the tasting palate at this winery. Blends also are available, with special flavors that include a Malbec-Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot mixture.
Ruta 15 km 23.5 Perdriel
Lujan de Cuyo
Tel: (0261) 4880480
Fax: (0261) 4880482
Bodega Terrazas de los Andes
This 19th Century winery blends the traditions of the past with the technologies of today. It synthesizes its vast, modern steel tanks with centuries-old architecture, helping to create a perfect setting for winemaking. The beauty and aromas of the atmosphere transport visitors who come to taste the Chardonnay, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon produced at this winery.
The history of Terrazas de los Andes dates to the 1950s, when the French champagne makers Moet and Chandon decided that South America was the site of future wine growth. After researching possible locations, it was decided that Mendoza was the ideal region for the establishment of Moet and Chandon first non-French winery. Using the original structure - a house dating to 1749 - as inspiration, the new owners restored the main building, and subsequently incorporated modern equipment without altering the long-established graceful lines and spaces of the beautiful old mansion.
Ruta Nacional 40 Km 1947
Tel: +54(011) 4121-8000 / 4121-8050
Located in Alto Argelo in Lujan de Cuyo, Pulenta Estate is a winery started by two Italian brothers, Hugo and Eduardo. With more than 335 acres (135 hectares) of land, this winery produces red wines including Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and special blends. You also can find two whites here, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The temperate weather for which Mendoza is known aids in the growth of wines, as does the pure water that flows from the nearby Andes Mountains.
The winery is filled with state-of-the art technology and 18-year-old vines. More than 800 gallons of wine are fermented in giant steel tanks while another 300 gallons are fermented in large concrete pools. Another means of fermentation are the large oak casks, each of which holds more than 30 gallons of the different varieties. Every fermentation is regulated using a mechanical temperature system.
Gutiérrez 323 (5500)
Tel/fax: (54261) 420 - 0800 / 3017 / 3546
Known for its high accolades received from Wine Spectator magazine, this winery was the dream of two Argentine businessmen. Trading in their ties for wine glasses, Manuel Ferrer and Santiago Achaval built their winery in Lujan de Cuyo, in close proximity to the old Mendoza River (now a dry riverbed). As their background was not in wine, Ferrer and Achaval hired an Italian winemaker to lead the vineyard's operations. The rest is history, as the saying goes. Wines produced now include Finca Altamira, Finca Bella Vista, Finca Mirador, Quimera and Malbec Mendoza. The Altamira blend is generally considered the one to taste above any other if you visit this successful winery. Achaval Ferrer is busy during the high season, so make your appointment to visit early. The winery is open to the public between 9am and 4pm weekdays, and Saturdays from 9am to 11:30am.
Lujan de Cuyan
Tel/Fax: (0261) 4984874
Dominio del Plata
Sharing a passion for fine wines, Pedro Marchevsky and Susana Balboa bring Dominio del Plata alive with several varieties. Situated in Lujan de Cuyo, this winery is housed in a building with a unique iron and wooden roof, and is surrounded by acres of grapevines.
You can see more than 50 stainless steel tanks, each fermenting the wines to perfection, within the confines of the main buildings. These tanks hold many types of wine, including Malbec, Torrontes, Cabernet Sauvignon and several blends. For one of the newest, try the Malbec-Bonarda-Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah mix, or sample the Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec-Merlot blend. Most of the wines created at this vineyard are exported. Although Dominio del Plata generally is not open to the public, private appointments can be arranged.
5509 Lujan de Cuyo
Tel/Fax: (0261) 4986572/4982934
Bodega Enrique Foster
Bodega Enrique Foster is centered among its hundreds of 80-year old grapevines. Home to one of the best Malbecs in Argentina, this winery uses gravity flow, stainless steel tanks and oak barrels to create its superb wines. Instead of using a pump system, the liquid is moved by elevators, which has contributed to successful new varietals. The variation in temperature, along with the small amounts of rain, contributes to a rich harvest every year for this vineyard.
Using only French oak barrels, the wine is aged in the cellar of the winery. Once it is placed in the barrels, these are quickly covered with pumice-stone lids. This encourages the wine's development, using both the humidity and temperature to cultivate the taste and color of each bottle of Malbec. However, tasting its award-wining Malbecs is only through private appointment.
San Martin 5039
5507 Lujan de Cuyo
Tel/Fax: (0261) 4961579/1240
Approximately seven miles (11 kms) outside of the city of Mendoza, Vina Amalia is a winery with a real history. After 30 years of success, it was abandoned in 1966 and then re-opened in 1997. Using the original structure, the main building was re-designed and renovated, keeping the traditional flair, but with a modern twist. This vineyard produces many varieties, cultivated over more than 174 acres (70 hectares) of land.
Th vineyard is one of Argentina's most prolific: it produces more than 200,000 bottles every year. Tastes vary from Sauvignon Blanc to Malbec to Chardonnay. Blends are also part of the Vina Amalia repertoire, combining Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The winery's doors are open to visitors with previously confirmed appointments.
San Martin 7440 Carrodilla
Lujan de Cuyo
Tel/Fax: (0261) 4360677/4360363
The building of this winery is unique in its shape and purpose. The overall structure resembles a cross with two levels on each wing. After the wine undergoes fermentation using gravity, it flows to the oak casks for aging. The center of the bodega is a giant circular room, which provides a great space for tasting where guests pay homage to the magnificent wines on display. The tasting room is open every day of the year from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
The estate is more than 4000 acres (1619 hectares), including approximately 1200 acres (486 hectares) of planted vines. The grapes are irrigated using water from the Andes. This adds to the color of the wine and creates a grape that ages easily, in turn contributing to a plethora of varieties including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Pinot Noir.
Emilio Civit 778
Tel: (0261) 4238514
Fax: (0261) 4238565
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