Empanadas of Argentina: Exploring the Culinary Delights Across Regions

Empanadas of Argentina: Exploring the Culinary Delights Across Regions

Argentina is renowned for its mouthwatering empanadas, a beloved traditional dish that has captured the hearts and palates of locals and visitors alike. These delectable hand-held pastries are filled with various savory ingredients and are cherished for their unique flavors and regional variations.

 

Join us on a culinary journey across Argentina as we discover the best empanadas from different regions and explore how they differ from one another.

Salta
In the northern province of Salta, you’ll find empanadas with a distinct influence from Andean flavors. These empanadas often feature fillings like beef, potatoes, and spices, with a touch of sweetness from raisins. The dough is traditionally baked to a golden perfection, resulting in a flaky and crispy crust that pairs perfectly with the rich fillings.

Tucumán
Tucumán, known as the birthplace of empanadas in Argentina, offers a unique twist to this culinary delight. The empanadas here are smaller in size and have a delicate dough that is often hand-stretched. The traditional filling includes ground beef, onions, and aromatic spices. Tucumán-style empanadas are typically baked until they develop a golden hue, creating a delightful contrast between the crunchy exterior and juicy filling.

 

Buenos Aires
The bustling capital city is a melting pot of diverse flavors, and its empanadas reflect this culinary fusion. Buenos Aires-style empanadas often feature a wider range of fillings, including beef, chicken, ham and cheese, spinach, and more. They are typically baked or fried, resulting in a crispy outer shell. These empanadas are widely available throughout the city, with each neighborhood adding its own touch and flavor to the mix.

In Buenos Aires, our favorite empanadas are made at El Sanjuanino. Specializing in traditional Argentine cuisine, El Sanjuanino is a beloved restaurant that serves exceptional empanadas. Their empanadas de carne cortada a cuchillo (hand-cut beef empanadas) are renowned for their high-quality beef, tenderly cooked and seasoned to perfection. The flavors are rich and delicious, making them a top choice for empanada enthusiasts.

El Sanjuanio is located in the heart of Recoleta district. Address: Posadas 1515. It is open daily for lunch and dinner.

Mendoza
In the wine region of Mendoza, empanadas are elevated with a touch of sophistication. These gourmet-style empanadas often feature unique fillings, such as braised meats, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and herbs. The dough is carefully prepared and rolled out thin, creating a delicate yet sturdy casing. Mendoza-style empanadas are often baked to perfection, allowing the flavors of the filling to meld together.

Argentina’s empanadas are a culinary delight that showcases the country’s rich gastronomic diversity. From the northern flavors of Salta to the gourmet creations of Mendoza, each region offers a unique twist on this beloved dish. Whether you’re exploring the rugged landscapes of Patagonia or wandering the vibrant streets of Buenos Aires, be sure to indulge in the local empanadas and savor the distinct flavors that make them a true culinary masterpiece.

Patagonia
Heading south to Patagonia, you’ll find empanadas that showcase the region’s natural bounty. The fillings here often highlight local ingredients like lamb, seafood, or smoked trout. Patagonian empanadas are known for their generous portions and hearty flavors. They are typically baked until golden brown, and the crust has a satisfying crunch that complements the robust fillings.

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Discovering Argentina’s Finest Wine Regions: 10 Must-Visit Destinations for Wine Lovers

Discovering Argentina's Finest Wine Regions: 10 Must-Visit Destinations for Wine Lovers

Argentina, known for its exceptional wines, is a haven for wine enthusiasts seeking unforgettable tasting experiences. With a diverse range of wine regions scattered across the country, Argentina offers a delightful journey through vineyards, picturesque landscapes, and flavorful wines. In this blog, we will introduce you to the 10 best regions and places to find the best wines of Argentina, allowing you to immerse yourself in the country’s rich wine culture.

Mendoza

Mendoza, nestled at the foothills of the Andes Mountains, is the undisputed wine capital of Argentina. Home to world-renowned Malbec wines, Mendoza boasts numerous vineyards and wineries. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit iconic wineries such as Bodega Catena Zapata, Mendel, Zuccardi, Piedra Infinita and Bodega Ruca Malen, where you can savor exceptional wines, enjoy vineyard tours, and indulge in wine-pairing experiences.

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Salta

In the northwestern region of Argentina, Salta is known for its high-altitude vineyards and distinctive wines. Cafayate, a charming town in Salta, offers a captivating wine-tasting experience. Visit wineries like Bodega El Esteco and Bodega Etchart to sample the exquisite Torrontés white wine and explore the rugged beauty of the Calchaquí Valley.

Patagonia

Patagonia, with its cool-climate conditions, produces elegant wines that reflect the region’s unique terroir. Head to Rio Negro and Neuquén to discover exceptional Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc varieties. Wineries like Bodega Familia Schroeder and Bodega Humberto Canale offer captivating tastings amidst the stunning landscapes of Patagonia.

La Rioja: The Hidden Wine Gem

La Rioja may be lesser-known, but it boasts a rich wine heritage and exceptional wines. Explore the region’s renowned wineries, such as Bodega La Riojana and Bodega San Huberto, and sample their signature Torrontés wines and robust reds. Enjoy the tranquility of the La Rioja countryside while savoring the flavors of this hidden gem.

San Juan: A Blend of Tradition and Innovation

San Juan is a rising star in Argentina’s wine scene, blending traditional winemaking techniques with modern innovation. Visit wineries like Bodega Callia and Bodega Graffigna to taste the region’s elegant Syrah, Bonarda, and Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Immerse yourself in the beauty of San Juan’s vineyards and witness the passion that goes into every bottle.

Buenos Aires: Urban Wine Experiences

While Buenos Aires is a bustling metropolis, it offers unique wine experiences within its vibrant cityscape. Explore trendy wine bars, upscale wine shops, and wine-centric restaurants to discover an extensive selection of Argentine wines. Engage with knowledgeable sommeliers who will guide you through tastings, providing insights into the country’s diverse wine offerings.

Catamarca: Volcanic Wines with Flair

Catamarca, a region characterized by its volcanic soils, produces distinct wines that capture the essence of the land. Explore wineries such as Bodega El Quimbo and Bodega Las Mojarras, where you can taste intense Malbecs, juicy Syrahs, and aromatic Torrontés wines. Experience the unique flavors born from the region’s volcanic terroir.

Jujuy: Indigenous Heritage in a Glass

Jujuy, located in the picturesque Northwest, offers a wine-tasting experience infused with indigenous culture. Visit wineries like Bodega El Porvenir de los Andes and Bodega Tacuil to discover the region’s native grape varieties and experience the warm hospitality of the local communities. Enjoy the fusion of flavors and traditions in each sip.

La Pampa: Small Productions, Big Flavors

La Pampa, a lesser-known wine region, surprises with its small-production wineries that produce exceptional wines. Explore boutique wineries such as Bodega Challapampa and Bodega Don Tomas, where you can taste their unique varietals, including Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. Appreciate the dedication and craftsmanship behind these hidden gems.

Río Negro: A Haven for Sparkling Wines

Río Negro, located in northern Patagonia, is renowned for its sparkling wines and cool-climate varieties. Visit wineries like Bodega Familia Schroeder and Bodega Chacra to sample their exquisite sparkling wines, along with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Take in the breathtaking landscapes of the region while toasting to the sparkling delights of Río Negro.

Argentina’s wine regions offer a remarkable tapestry of flavors, landscapes, and traditions that make it a dream destination for wine lovers. Whether you venture to Mendoza, Salta, Patagonia, or any other region, you’ll be captivated by the beauty of the vineyards and enchanted by the quality and diversity of Argentine wines.

Embarking on a journey to Argentina’s wine region is a unique experience, unlike Napa Valley. It demands meticulous planning, research, and prearranged winery appointments. With varying visiting hours, seasonal demand, and diverse establishment requirements, it’s crucial to enlist the expertise of a specialized tourism company. Trust our team of local experts who are well-versed in wineries’ schedules, activities, and can guide you towards an unforgettable adventure.

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Mendoza Wine Country – Make The Most of Your Visit

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Mendoza Wine Country – Make The Most of Your Visit

Mendoza is one of the most scenic wine regions of the world. With more than 1,500 wineries spread out through the three main wine regions - Lujan de Cuyo, Maipu and Valle de Uco- wide open spaces with nothing but vines, Andes mountains and blue skies, and some of the best winery architecture in the world, it is a spot you don't want to miss.

We have listed some tips and recommendations that are essential to have a great experience and successful visit to Mendoza Wine Country.

• Make reservations for all wineries and restaurants with time in advance to help ensure availability.
• Plan on visiting only three wineries per day – three at maximum if you are having a winery lunch!
• Plan your trip by region – Maipu, Lujan de Cuyo or Uco Valley - as there is significant distance in between.
• If you go on your own, bring cash as many wineries do not accept credit cards.
• Tours generally last 60-90 minutes.
• Some wineries are closed Saturday and Sunday, as well as national holidays. Call the wineries in advance and check their opening days and hours.
• Use a recommended tour agency (like Ideas South America LLC!) -which make planning effortless.
• Take advantage of the unique opportunity to meet the winery owners and winemakers themselves at the wineries, and ask them as many questions as you like. They enjoy sharing their story!
• Visit The Vines of Mendoza's Tasting Room – and add tons of top quality wineries to your trip in one stop!

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What Makes Mendoza Such An Amazing Wine Region?

Mendoza, Argentina is one of the best places in the world to drink wine and enjoy it with good food and company. The wineries range from small, family owned and cozy, to large production modern architectural masterpieces. What all have in common is a strong sense of heritage and commitment to quality – as well as a warmth unlike anywhere else in the world. Both in the air and in the people.

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To meet the most adorable, top quality winemaker, go visit Carmelo Patti in Lujan de Cuyo and see him make amazing Malbecs all on his own. He is said to be a one-man army, making his wines single handedly with all the attention and care of a true master-craftsman. We think it’s his warmth and the humility of his surroundings, despite International acclaim of his wines, that make the experience so special.

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While in Lujan, if you want to have amazing Sparkling wine (and who doesn't?), you can head to Chandon for a multi-course winery lunch.

If it’s an architectural masterpiece you’re after, Salentein in the Uco Valley offers great wines, gorgeous architecture and even an art gallery with modern and traditional exhibits that showcase regional and International talent. Their barrel room was designed to be a fabulous location for music concerts, with tremendous acoustics and barrels integrated into the décor.

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While in the Uco Valley, you should also visit Clos de los Siete, a project of four Mendoza wineries that use distinctly different methods of French-influenced winemaking, run by Michel Rolland. Marcelo Pelleriti is the famed winemaker for Monteviejo and brings his passion for music and art into the space, with frequent art exhibits and an annual rock concert. Other wineries on the property are Mariflor and DiamAndes.

Just a few short minutes away, you can join the Gimenez Riili family's cozy winery, receiving a tour with one of the winery's handsome brothers, as well as an asado if you like. While their Gran Reserva Malbec is not to be missed, their Perpetuum Torrontes really steals the show.

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The Vines of Mendoza is right next door, with 1,000 sprawling acres of vineyards, a state-of-the-art micro fermentation winery for more than 200 wines (now open to the public for tours), and The Vines Resort & Spa, opening in September 2013.

When in Mendoza, you will undoubtedly drink a great deal of fabulous Malbec, as well as the native white Torrontes, as well as many blends and perhaps even a Bonarda and Tempranillo. Be sure to try the Pinot Noir and Petit Verdot as well – these varietals take on an entirely different personality when grown in the new world sunshine and record altitudes. Read through the Tasting Notes to learn more about all these great grapes.

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With Mendoza’s recent acclaim in Travel & Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler as a top hot spot for wine and luxury travel, as well as continuously growing wine accolades from Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate, Mendoza has established itself as a powerhouse with top quality wines in both the high and low yield categories.

This is just the beginning of your adventure in Mendoza wine country. See hundreds of photos and details on all Mendoza’s wineries in our Wineries Section.

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Updated Information and Travel Requirements to visit Argentina

Updated Information and Travel Requirements to visit Argentina

(As of October 26th, 2021)

Having exceeded 50% of the population vaccinated with 2 doses, Argentina has updated the conditions of entry of foreigners to Argentina. The conditions expressed below are dynamic according to the epidemiological situation, so we recommend contacting the local embassy and regulatory entities for information on updated requirements according to your nationality, country of residence and places recently visited.

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Coronavirus travel advisory and regulations in Argentina

  • People over 18 years of age must have a complete vaccination schedule, with the last application date at least 14 days before entering the country. Argentina admits the vaccines authorized in the country of origin.
 
  • 48 hours before arriving in Argentina, foreign tourists need to fill out a Health Affidavit before getting to the airport. The link with the form is found in this link: http://ddjj.migraciones.gob.ar/app/
 
  • Travelers must present a certificate of PCR test carried out with a maximum of 72 hours and a test with a negative result (covid 19).
 
  • Obligatory quarantine is eliminated for unvaccinated minors under 18 years of age, who travel with their family. They must present negative PCR just like adults.
 
  • Non-resident foreign citizens must also have travel insurance with coverage for COVID-19 care in Argentina, including hospitalization and isolation.
 
  • It is recommended to register in the APP CUIDAR within 48 hours. of arrival to the country. In case the final destination is in the interior, we recommend inquiring about the provincial regulations that are applicable.
 
  • Non-resident foreigners who do not come for tourist reasons and who do not present a complete vaccination scheme, duly authorized by Migrations to enter the country for work or medical reasons, must quarantine.
 
  • If a person tests positive for covid, that person will have to quarantine. The subsequent tests that they have to do and the cost of the stay in the places of compulsory isolation provided by the provincial authorities must be assumed by the person who enters the country and must be carried out according to the rules established by the competent authorities. Both the infected person and her close contacts must comply with the isolation in the places provided by the corresponding national authorities and destined for this purpose, until the safe transfer to their place of residence is carried out, if applicable.

Open borders in Argentina are:

  • Ezeiza International Airport, Jorge Newbery Airport, San Fernando Airport, Buquebus Port Terminal and Colonia Express Port Terminal.
  • Misiones (Iguazu): Iguazú Border Center, Foz de Iguazú and Cataratas del Iguazú International Airport.
  • Mendoza: Governor Francisco Gabrielli “El Plumerillo” International Airport and Cristo Redentor System Border Center, Horcones pass.
  • Ushuaia: From 10/20 the International Airport “Malvinas Argentinas” and the Port of Ushuaia.

As of October 20, the cruise season is enabled.

 

The conditions expressed above are variable according to the epidemiological situation, so we recommend contacting the local embassy and regulatory entities for information on updated requirements according to your nationality, country of residence and places recently visited.

 

This information is sent for informational purposes only. The personal documentation and verification of immigration and health requirements in force at the time of making the trip is the absolute responsibility of the passenger.

If you have any questions, please contact our Travel Experts.

Best restaurants in Mendoza

Best restaurants in Mendoza

Mendoza, the wine-production capital of Latin America and one of the ten great wine capitals of the world, has evolved into a world-class tourism destination. A desert oasis resting in the Argentinean foothills of the Andes mountain range, Mendoza is bursting with over a thousand wineries growing Mendoza’s famous Malbec grape. You’ll also find internationally acclaimed chefs pairing top-quality wines with unmatched gastronomic experiences. Most chefs work at the restaurants located inside topnotch wineries.

Take a look at our list of recommended restaurants and don't miss the chance to explore the wineries and eat at some of these excellent restaurants of Mendoza. Note that in Mendoza, in order to visit the wineries and be part of wine tastings you need an appointment well in advance. You cannot walk-in directly.

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, call ahead to verify hours, and remember to practice social distancing.

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La Marchigiana

“La Marchigiana” is a traditional Italian restaurant with tables inside and on the patio. The dishes are abundant and of excellent quality, among which all the varieties of pasta and sauces stand out, some really innovative. Some of the star dishes are “lasagna ai quattro formaggi, “pasta di ceppia” with seafood cream, “paglia e fieno a la papalina”, “capelletti Caruso”, “gnocchi all'uso nostro” and agnellotti with cream.

A private cellar also offers the possibility of carrying out different events and activities such as wine tastings, workshops, courses, thematic talks, private meetings, birthdays, commercial presentations and other events.

Phone: : +54 261 423-0751
Address: Patricias Mendocinas 1550, M5500 EAV, Mendoza, Argentina

La Barra

This is the best steakhouse in town. La Barra grill stands out for the delicious “bife de chorizo” (recommended: ask for it juicy). In addition, you will be able to find all Argentine cuts of meat such as the asado strip, entraña, ribs, achuras, loin and rump tail. You can also find other typical Argentine foods such as locro and fried empanadas. To enhance the flavor of the meats, you can try the recommended house cabernets which are worth trying.

Phone: +54 261 654-1950
Address: Avenida Belgrano 1086

1884

1884 was the first fine dining restaurant to open in Mendoza, back in 1999, and has been one of the hottest dates in the city ever since — as the flagship restaurant of renowned Argentine chef Francis Mallmann. With a penchant for the open flame, Mallmann’s cuisine is typically flame-grilled with a focus on native ingredients and flavors from around Argentina. 1884 wasn’t only a pioneer of fine dining in Mendoza, but this was also the first restaurant to have a serious cellar — with over 300 labels on the menu making it a favorite of winemakers and wine lovers too.

Good to know: As of August 2021 the restaurant is temporarily closed for the prevention of covid-19. Francis Malmann (acclaimed Chef and owner of the restaurant) said he hopes to reopen soon.

Phone: +54 261 424-3336
Address: Belgrano 1188

IN THE WINE COUNTRY
Brindillas, Lujan de Cuyo

This intimate restaurant is the creation of a young chef Mariano Gallego and sommelier Florencia D'Amico. Their refined menu and wine selection reflects their own evolving tastes having spent a few years living in Spain and Japan before resettling in Argentina.

The restaurant is open five nights a week, only admits 18 people in each service, prior reservation, and structures its proposal around two tasting menus that change entirely with the seasons of the year. Among the star dishes, we recommend that you try the artichokes with prawns, accompanied by rice with mushrooms, reinforced by a pine mushroom bonbon.

Another delicacy of the place is the trout with a brilliant sauce, the product of a champagne and lemon reduction accompanied by sautéed and sweet and sour vegetables. All dishes can be accompanied by the great variety of red and white wines from the outstanding Brindillas wine cellar.

Phone: +54 9 2615598684
Address: Guardia Vieja 2898, Luján de Cuyo

Terruño (Located at Club Tapiz Winery)

The restaurant was distinguished in 2007 and 2008 by Great Wine Capitals as one of the best in Mendoza. Located in Club Tapiz, Terruño is located just 30 minutes from Ezeiza Airport. The restaurant reflects the essence of regional food with an international touch. It offers dishes made with local products such as goat, rabbit, trout and greens from our organic garden are paired with the best Mendoza wines. The extensive wine list not only offers the wines produced by Bodega Tapiz but also that of the main wineries in the area.

Phone: +54 261 4299962
Address: Pedro Molina S/n - Ruta 60 Club Tapiz, Km 2.5, Mendoza 5514 Argentina.

La Bourgogne ( Located inside Carlos Pulenta Winery in Vistalba)

The native criollo architecture of the Carlos Pulenta winery in Argentina (an elegant mix of lofty ceilings and natural stone) is upstaged by the spectacular location. Nestled at the base of the Cordon del Plata range of the Andes, the winery, built in 2002, was one of the first to establish Mendoza as a prime wine tourism area. The French restaurant La Bourgogne is widely considered one of the region’s best—with mountain views to match. Don’t want to leave? Book a room at La Posada, the winery’s lodge.

Good to know: Only open for lunch; Definitely ask to take a tour of this winery.
Phone: +54 261 498-9400
Address: Roque Sáenz Peña 3531, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina

Andeluna (at Andeluna winery)

The gastronomic proposal of the Andeluna restaurant is born from Argentine Cuisine, with regional ingredients, emphasizing the perception of the mountain in every detail. The products used are mostly organic, coming from a garden in the area and carefully selected. It is for this reason that the menu changes with the passing of the seasons. The entire team participates in each new proposal, from the chef to the winemaker, to achieve the best, as in each vintage.

Phone: +54 9 261 508-9525
Address: RP89, M5561 Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina

Cavas Wine Lodge Restaurant

This Relais & Chateaux restaurant is located at Cavas Wine Lodge, one of the first luxury lodges in Mendoza. The hotel has an unparalleled location right in the middle of a vineyard filled with old vines. The intimate restaurant is equally as charming and the wine cellar may well be one of Mendoza’s best kept secrets as sommelier Martin Krawczyk keeps 500 labels in stock, all served alongside the organic cuisine.

Good to know: Guests of the hotel can cook with chef Lucas Gonzalez and learn how to make empanadas and other traditional Argentine recipes such as chimichurri and humitas.

Phone: +54 9 261 533-5205
Address: Costaflores, Cobos s/n, M5507 Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina

Bodega Zuccardi

It was chosen in 2019 as the best winery in the world. The Zuccardi family rises to the top spot in the "The World’s Best Vineyards" category. Tradition, innovation and a visionary spirit are the ingredients of a project that began more than 50 years ago (1963), with the engineer Alberto Zuccardi planting the first hectares of vines in Maipú, Mendoza.

The building in front of the vine plantations was built by the architect Fernando Raganato. It was made from materials such as iron, sand and stone, with a metal dome that reflects the sunlight and with principles of sustainability.

The route is through the vineyards, the different spaces and the ‘Piedra Infinita’ restaurant. There they offer up to 50 diners a 4-course menu made with regional products, paired with Zuccardi wines and with unparalleled views of the mountains.

Good to know: The restaurant is open from Wednesday to Sunday, it is advisable to book in advance.
Phone: +54 261 441-0010
Address: RP33, M5531 Maipú, Mendoza, Argentina

Casa Uco, Uco Valley

This luxury hotel and restaurant en-route to the Manzano Historico in the Uco Valley is also a boutique winery and vineyard estate. But it isn’t only the wines of Casa de Uco that you can taste at the contemporary restaurant, but also a smart selection of Uco Valley wines and some choices from further afield. Overlooking the vineyards and estate, the airy and bright restaurant serves up a fantastic lunch and dinner menu and the service is some of the best in the Uco Valley. The owner is an architect, so you can expect expertly choreographed interior design too.

Phone: +54 261 476 9831
Address: Ruta Provincial 94 km 14.55 5565 Tunuyán, Mendoza,

7 Fuegos at The Vines of Mendoza (Uco Valley)

Siete Fuegos, or “seven fires,” describes Francis Mallmann’s honed collection of open-flame cooking techniques, inspired by Argentine gauchos and European migrations, and refined through hundreds of years of history.

Flavor the rustic, fiery flavors of specialties like 9-hour slow-grilled rib eye, cast-iron baked salt-encrusted salmon, grilled seasonal fruits, and more, paired with award-winning boutique wines. The restaurant also has fabulous options for kosher guests as well as vegetarians and vegans.

Dine indoors or out, or enjoy a front row seat in the open kitchen where you can watch our artisans of fire create impassioned Argentine fare.

Good to know: Make reservations in advance. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, call ahead to verify hours, and remember to practice social distancing.
Phone: +54 261 461-3910
Address: Ruta Provincial 94, km 11, Tunuyán, Uco Valley, Mendoza.

How is Mendoza compared to Napa/Sonoma?

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How is Mendoza compared to Napa/Sonoma?

The only similarity between Napa and Mendoza wine regions is that they both revolve around wine. Wineries in the Mendoza area are spread out further apart. You won't have the bumper to bumper traffic like you do along the Silverado Trail in Napa..

Mendoza remains very much an old-world experience. Therefore, visitors do need pre-planning to be sure that the wineries are open and reservations in advance are essential.

Less commercialized than their American and European counterparts, Mendoza´s wineries are easily accessible along wine roads known locally as Los Caminos del Vino. These roads are as enticing as the wine itself, weaving and winding through tunnels of trees to vast dry valleys dominated by breathtaking views of the snowcapped Andes.

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Wine Regions within Mendoza

Within Mendoza, there are three main wine growing regions, each with sub regions within them.

The Central Region is actually in the northern part of the province with three zones: Alta del Rio Mendoza, East, and North. This area also includes the regions of Luján de Cuyo, which was the first to be recognized as an appellation, and Maipú, just outside the city of Mendoza. The vines in this region are typically planted at 650-1050 meters.

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The Uco Valley Region includes the departments of Tupungato, Tunuyán, and San Carlos. Vines here are usually in the highest vineyards at 850-1400 meters.

In the South Region, including San Rafael and General Alvear, vines are planted from 450-800 meters.

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In our company, we are proud of designing unique Wine Tasting Tours throughout Mendoza. Our Tours are ideal for people who have an interest in fine wine, but don't think of themselves as wine connoisseurs.

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Visit vineyards and stunning architecture, offering indoor and outdoor seated tastings by friendly and knowledgeable local Guides. We will take you to at least four charming, hidden gem wineries.

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Wineries to Visit in Mendoza

Throughout your drive you will stumble upon wineries old and new, some producing on a large scale and exporting internationally, others small and focused on the local market. It is difficult to say which bodegas excel over others, as each has its own focus and reputation. Among some of the best -known are Bodega Catena Zapata (Lujan), which is a boutique winery of the larger Bodegas Esmeralda; Bodegas Chandon (Lujan), a subsidiary of France´s Moet and Chandon; Salentein (Tunuyan); Norton ( Lujan); Lopez (Maipu); Etchart (Lujan).

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Close to Mendoza in neighboring Maipu, Bodega la Rural has a small winery museum that exhibits Mendoza´s earliest wine production methods. Another excellent winery close to town is Dollium, one of the only bodegas producing underground to allow for natural cooling.

At most bodegas, a tasting follows a tour of the laboratory and winery, and there is little pressure to buy.

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Planning your Trip to Mendoza – Important Considerations

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Planning your Trip to Mendoza – Important Considerations

Mendoza’s Wine Regions

Mendoza’s wine region is over 350,000 acres (144,000 hectares) of planted vineyards, and produces nearly two-thirds of the country’s wine. Argentina’s most highly rated Malbec wines originate from Mendoza’s high altitude wine regions of Lujan de Cuyo and the Uco Valley. These areas are in the foothills of the Andes mountains, with elevations of between 2,800 and 5,000 feet.

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LUJÁN DE CUYO

With vineyards planted in sandy soil at an altitude of 2,640–3,630 feet, Lujan de Cuyo is known as the land of Malbec. It is part of Mendoza River's high region. Most of the vines here are planted with red wines, but Malbec is not the only grape thriving here. Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Torrontes also thrive well.

About 40 minutes south of Mendoza city, this region is considered the place where Argentina's wine movement began - pushing the country from the common table to international production. Luján de Cuyo was the first region to institute the AOC (Appellation d'Origine Controlée) for Malbec in 1993. This has caused continual increase in the quality and quantity of the wines, and increased global recognition.

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UCO VALLEY (VALLE DE UCO)

Approximately 75 minutes south of the city of Mendoza, the Uco Valley (Valle de Uco) is Mendoza's newest wine region, and the one getting the most attention internationally right now. It is known especially for Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Semillon and Torrontes production. The breathtaking natural scenery makes it one of the most picturesque regions in Mendoza.

The Uco Valley has received much global acclaim in 2012, although it has been producing top quality wines for well over a decade. The area is known for its high altitude, with the Tupungato region having vineyards planted almost 4,000 feet above sea level. Uco Valley is in fact one of the world’s highest wine growing regions, with over 80,000 hectares planted between 3,000-3,900 feet.

In addition to producing award-winning Malbecs and blends, the area is also emerging as a source for premium quality white wine varietals such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and even Torrontes.

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MAIPU

The region of Maipu, south and east of Mendoza city, has over 30 wineries.
Some of the best are La Rural, Familia Zuccardi and Finca Flichman. While you won’t need as much time in Maipu as the other regions, it is not a region to skip, and the additional olive oil tasting and biking opportunities provide a diversion from the Lujan de Cuyo and Uco Valley tourist experiences.

PLANNING TRAVEL TIME

Remember, with all of Mendoza’s gorgeous winery regions, wineries can be a bit far away from each other, making reservations and booking a driver for the day are critical to be sure you can taste as much wine and visit as many wineries as possible. While making arrangements might seem a bit inconvenient now, once you’re in the big open spaces in these wine regions you'll be grateful.

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Important Tips that are game changers for your

• Make reservations for all wineries and restaurants with time in advance to help ensure availability.
• Plan on visiting only three wineries per day – three at maximum if you are having a winery lunch!
• Plan your trip by region – Maipu, Lujan de Cuyo or Uco Valley - as there is significant distance in between.
• If you go on your own, bring cash as many wineries do not accept credit cards.
• Bear in mind the duration of each wine visit: each one generally lasts 60-90 minutes.
• Some wineries are closed Saturday and Sunday, as well as national holidays. Call the wineries in advance and check their opening days and hours.
• Use a recommended tour agency (like Ideas South America LLC!) -which make planning effortless.

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1884 Restaurant by Francis Mallmann. One of our favorite restaurants in Mendoza, Argentina

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1884 Restaurant by Francis Mallmann

ONE OF OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS IN MENDOZA, ARGENTINA .

Francis Mallmann is Argentina’s most identifiable chefs. Mallmann was featured in the first episode of Chef's Table, a Netflix original series ( We strongly recommend watching the episode and learning about this Argentine celebrity chef and his methods of barbecuing meats). His signature restaurant, 1884, in Mendoza is the preeminent restaurant for meat in the world’s most preeminent meat country. His book, Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way, is basically the bible of cooking Argentine meat. The emphasis on the food here is rustic. Many dishes are cooked over an open fire or in a clay oven. Mallmann gravitates not toward the European influenced kitchens of Buenos Aires, but the gaucho ways of Patagonia and beyond.

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Francis Mallmann. Netflix. In the first season of Netflix's culinary documentary series Chef's Table, David Gelb and Co. fixed their lens on Francis Mallmann, Argentina's most famous cook. Mallmann is a self-described romantic and one of the most prominent chefs in Latin America. 1884 is located in a corner of the Escorihuela Gascón Winery, in the Godoy Cruz neighborhood just outside of the center of Mendoza (15 minute taxi-ride). Upon entering the Romanesque building you find the narrow bar area to the right and a large garden area with a few tables to the left.

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We strongly recommend you to sit for a drink at either section while waiting for your table to open up (reservations are a must). In the garden courtyard you can watch the chefs stoke the wood fired grill and clay oven and slice up beautiful cuts of flesh. The restaurant is the most iconic Mendoza food experience. It is essential to understand the chef’s ideology. This is cuisine that can be traced to the very heart and soul of Argentina. It’s presented beautifully, but don’t expect molecular gastronomy here or tiny bite size dishes with foams. The food is earthy and seasonally based. In fact the menu changes every two weeks. It utilizes Mendoza’s rich cornucopia of produce to pair with the meat and wine.

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