Private Wine Tours in Mendoza, Argentina
Our Private One-Day Wine Tours
Like to start late or need to be picked up at Mendoza airport before hitting the vineyards ? Choosing a private tours with us means we can build the tour around your schedule. Below are some sample itineraries for an exclusive experience of Argentine wine and the Mendoza region.
A Day in Luján De Cuyo
You are picked up by your guide and begin the half hour drive south of Mendoza City to Luján de Cuyo. the heart of Argentina's wine industry with prestigious wineries and incredible views. The first visit of the day is Altavista, here you will try their excellent Grand Reserva in a tasting room that is a converted concrete tank. You will also taste the winery's top icon wine called Alto, a regular winner as best Argentine wine at International wine tastings. Next you will be driven to Achaval Ferrer Argentina's most famous boutique winery with the highest scoring Argentine wine in foreign wine media.. Lunch is in Ruca Malen, a modern French-Argentine operation with an all glass restaurant and sweeping views of the Andes. Here we have 5-course food and wine lunch, created by chef Lucas Bustos. Wines include the top label Kinien.
Return to Mendoza City early evening.
Tour price per person: $235 US (including lunch and tastings)
Achaval Ferrer Winery
A Day Touring the Andes
We pick you up in the morning and head west, climbing into dramatic mountain scenery. We follow the trail of the old Trans-Andean railway as it snakes and tunnels it way through three mountain ranges. We pass the snow-capped Cerro de
and turquoise Potrerillos lake. We follow the Rio Mendoza upriver through a valley called Seven Tunnels until we reach the mountain town of
. We continue our trip through mountain scenery made famous in the movie 'Seven Years in Tibet'. The road passes through the Penitentes ski resort and continues west, until several kilometers before the Chilean border we turn into Aconcagua National Park. Here we take a short walk to Horcones Pond
and view the tallest mountain outside the Himalayas. On our return we stop to see Puente del Inca, a naturally formed stone bridge over a steep ravine. Here there is a small handicrafts market and hot spring complex. We continue down the mountain, returning to Uspallata where we enjoy an afternoon lunch of asado (Argentine bbq) and the local delicacy - kid goat. We bring some excellent wines with us that pair well with the food. Before taking the road home to Mendoza, we make a detour to Cerro Siete Colors (Seven Colors Mountain) a fascinating, multi-colored rock formation that is often the surprise delight of the day.
City early evening.
Tour price per person: $210 US (including lunch and tastings)
Aconcagua Provincial Park
A Wine Tour of Uco Valley
Valley is a special place. Some of the highest vineyards in the world supply some the most high tech wineries ever designed, all in a dramatic background of snowcapped peaks and a laid back rural environment of fruit orchards and locals on horseback. The grapes benefit greatly from altitude, giving the skins fantastic flavors and tannins. The first winery we visit is a small, modern stylish operation called Pulenta Estate. Here we try one of Mendoza's finest Cabernet Francs. Next we visit Salentein the famous "temple to wine" with an incredible circular barrel room, art gallery and vineyard chapel. Here we try Malbec and Pinot Noir. Next we have lunch at Spanish-owned Bodega O. Fournier in La Consulta, a winery that makes award-winning Tempranillos. A tour of this gravity-driven facility concludes with a 4-course lunch where each dish is paired with the winery's top wines including their A and B Crux.
Return to Mendoza City in the early afternoon.
Tour price per person: $310 US (including lunch and tastings)
You will be collected at the airport by your wine host who will bring you to your hotel, the elegant and centrally-located Park Hyatt Hotel overlooking Plaza Independencia. After check-in your host will take you to lunch at one of the outdoor tables at Azafránto indulge in some al fresco dining and sample some local specialities. Over lunch you can discuss your itinerary and ask any questions you may have about your tour. After lunch you will be brought on a leisurely stroll through the local plazas before being driven on a short tour through the main park, Parque General San Martin, which spans over 865 acres and is home to 300 species of plants and trees. You will stop at Cerro de la Gloria, which from the top at 960m (3,149ft.) above sea level, offers a panoramic view of the city and surrounding valley. The rest of the afternoon can be spent sunbathing at your hotel pool or sipping a coffee on the hotel terrace overlooking the central plaza.
Tour price pere person: $170 US (including lunch and tastings)
San Martin Park
Another Taste of Luján de Cuyo
You will be collected at 9am and we will head south to Luján de Cuyo also known as “Tierra del Malbec” where Argentina’s signature varietal has found its true home. It is the premier wine growing region in Argentina and where the most famous wineries are located. It’s the first choice when choosing a wine area to tour in Argentina. It is situated 30 minutes south of Mendoza City, amidst the country’s finest vineyards with the snow-capped Andes in the distance. First you will visit Bodega Kaiken, an old winery renovated and refurbished by the famous Chilean winery Montes. Here we try the icon wine Kaiken Ultra as well as learn why Malbec has become such an important grape in the region. The next visit is to Bodega Decero, a brand new operation located in the sub-region of Agrelo, where Argentina's most expensive vineyards are located. This arresting winery has panoramilc views and makes an icredible Petit Verdot which is unusual to the region. Bodega Melipal, a small winery which aimed straight for the top when they began producing in 2002. The owner Ignacio Aristi wanted some exceptional know how to vinify so he contracted the flying Tuscan winemaker Alberto Antonini to make his wine. Between them they produce some of Argentina’s best wines.Here we try and excellent 4-course gourmer lunch where each dish is paired with the winery's complete range of wines which are entirely Malbecs. Return to your hotel at 5pm.
Tour price per person: $250 US (including lunch and tastings)
A Wine Tour of Maipú
Pick up is at 9.30am and we go to Maipú, a traditional wine growing region 20 minutes from Mendoza City Centre. The area is famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon and has many small, rustic style wineries which still produce industrial quantities of wine. It was here that Mendoza had its original wine boom in the 1880s and in the early 20th century it had some of the biggets wineries in the World. We pick you up at 9.30 and visit the world famous Familia Zuccardi, one of Argentina’s most forward thinking wineries with excellent visitor facilities. Next we go to Bodega Tempus Alba, a small, modern, family-owned winery where we conduct a special tasting. You lunch in Almacén Del Sur, a gourmet farmhouse restaurant which grows its own produce. The day concludes with a visit to La Rural, part of the Rutini winery, and location of the best wine museum in South America.
Tour price per person: $250 US (including lunch and tastings)
Museum of La Rural
These tours are completely private. Transport is in a modern air-conditioned vehicle. The price includes a gift pack with Wine Republic magazine, Wine Map and one of our favorite wines.
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