Lujan de Cuyo
Nestled in the heart of Mendoza, the picturesque Lujan de Cuyo is the premier wine growing region in Argentina. This area is characterized by its breathtaking vineyards, majestic mountains, and idyllic landscapes. Lujan de Cuyo is particularly famous for its production of Malbec, with vineyards dating back to the 19th century.
Luján de Cuyo Exploration
Meet your guide after breakfast this morning and set out together to explore the Luján de Cuyo sub-region.
To begin your day, you will be welcomed to the boutique operation Mendel. Set amidst rustic vineyards and housed in a traditional style villa, this winery is operated by one of Mendoza’s most respected and experienced winemakers – Robert de la Mota. Harvesting from their exceptionally mature vineyards, including 11 hectares of Malbec planted in 1928, every artisan winemaking step is rigorously performed, from careful bunch sorting to fermentation in small tanks to aging in the finest French oak. Here we try the top wine Unus, amongst others
Continue on for a visit and tasting at Bodega Matervini, or similar. Matervini is Santiago Achaval and Roberto Cipresso’s new project which explores the diverse geologies of the Pre –cordillera obtaining a variety of wines with unique personality. It was born in 2008, in an attempt to answer the question “what’s next after Malbec?” Their answer was, “More Malbec! From different places, with different personalities.” This venture shows how very different wines from completely different terroirs can be born from the same grape variety.
Your third and final visit today will be to a pioneering figure in the exportation of Argentinian wine, Susana Balbo Wines. Susana became the first female enologist in Argentina after graduating with honors from Don Bosco University in Mendoza in 1981. Due to the male-dominated industry in Mendoza, her first job took her north to Salta where she changed Argentine wine history with her first vintage of premium Torrontés, transforming it from a common blending grape to a world-class varietal. She fulfilled a lifetime dream of opening her own winery in 1999 and since then, her enormous success as a businesswoman has been recognized with many honors such as the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award granted by the Asociación Argentina de Mujeres de Empresa, elected the President of Wines of Argentina (WOFA) numerous times and named one of “The 10 most influential women in the wine world”.
After your visit of the estate, sit down to enjoy a 4 course lunch at the winery’s gastronomic restaurant, Osadía de Crear. The restaurant creates beautiful dishes using local sourced ingredients as well as the most avant-garde culinary techniques.
Asado Dining Experience
This evening, we have arranged for you a special Asado dining experience. There’s nothing like an argentinian barbecue, or asado, as they call it. The asado is not only a meal, it’s a ritual, it’s part of the culture.
It is the tradition that the fathers make the barbecue on a Sunday afternoon. They get up early, have a few sips of mate tea and with a lot of patience make a fire. During the morning hours they wait for the wood to burn down, while listening to the radio or read the newspaper. Around midday the coals are ready, the right moment when he put the meat on the barbecue.
Argentine beef is cut differently than in Europe or the US. The cuts that are put on a parilla are called: Tira de Asado, Vacío, Cuadril. Try them, they’re very tasty. But let’s not forget the Chorizos (sausages) and the Morzilla (black pudding). There is no need to rush. A barbecue is a ritual. In order to make a good barbecue there are two things which are necessary: patience and experience.
For Argentinians it’s not a meal. It’s a passion