Mendoza (MDZ) - Wine Country & Beyond, Master Thread

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    OK Folks.... in the spirit of the sister thread that started a couple of years ago on Buenos Aires, Ive decided to open one about Mendoza, mother region of all wines from Argentina. (please note, Argentina makes wine in several other regions outside Mendoza, alas, it remains the most important one).

    Please feel free to post away with your questions right here, I will do my best to share what information I have and my experiences.

    For proper disclosure, while I have no affiliation with all the places I will discuss here that offer different kinds of services in Mendoza, I am a member of the wine trade in Buenos Aires and am therefore a frequent patron of most of the places I comment on.

    With regards from Buenos Aires,
    Alex (Gaucho)
     
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    Depending on which specific subregion you visit, Mendoza is spread out over larger portions of territory. Signage in Mendoza is still rudimentary, thingsare generally more organized in Chile. If you mean styles of wines, then I would say that Chile has a clear advantage when it comes to still white wines, while in the red wine department - Argentina has considerably more depth in quality wines.

    Some restaurants:

    1884 Francis Malmmann
    Bistro at the Park Hyatt
    El Palenque (local, good homemade style food)
    La Bourgogne at Vistalba Carlos Pulenta
    Postales del Plata (Chacras de Coria)

    Wineries to visit (please note some places require advance booking):
    La Rural Rutini - Museo del Vino
    Chandon Argentina
    Familia Zuccardi
    Bodegas Lopez
    Catena Zapata
     
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    The Hyatt is indeed a fine hotel, although in the end its just another Hyatt. If one is open to explore new types of experiences, I would strongly suggest trying alternative lodging in a somewhat less than urban setting. I suggest looking into the following places:

    Postales del Plata - http://www.postalesdelplata.com

    Cavas Wine Lodge - http://www.cavaswinelodge.com/

    Lares de Chacras - http://www.laresdechacras.com/

    For the budget minded, some options to consider are:

    Hotel Aconcagua - http://www.hotelaconcagua.com/english

    NH Cordillera - http://www.nhhotelesdirectorio.com
     
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    One more for info
     
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    It appears that there is a new service in Mendoza that takes visitors to various bodegas in the Valle de Uco... still looking for more details, will report back with more as I have it.

    http://www.busvitivinicola.com/
     
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    Is Mendoza doable in 2 days and a night? Is 3 days and 2 nights better? I'm planning this trip while in EZE.
    Would you recommend renting a car to travel to wineries, or doing a tour?
     
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    Dan.... I suggest you get a private driver and make appointments to get private tours. You are too much of a wine lover to get bundled into group tours, and you probably dont want to waste your time with cheap wines, Im guessing you want to go straight to the bone (ie. to the good stuff made by each producer). Yes, a private car & driver is an additional investment, but in your case it will be some of the best $$$ you spend on this trip.
     
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    When are you going on this trip? I am going in August - (2 nights Mendoza/5 nights Buenos Aires) if you go before I do, perhaps you can share your experiences and suggestions with me? thank you, Kathy
     
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    what will your intended itin be....?
     
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    I'm going before you. :D News to follow.
     
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    Dan... have you made appointments for your winery visits....????
     
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    No. What's my rush?? Not to mention I'm not 100% positive if we'll do Mendoza.
     
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    If you do (and this is general advice for anyone), make sure that whoever you use for your winery transport/tour arrangement, that they know what you are looking for, i.e., novice and want tour with the basics of winemaking, want a more artisanal winery experience, etc. etc. The winery / wine tasting experience is nothing like renting a car and driving up and down California Highway 29 through the Napa Valley, with another winery and tasting room every 30 seconds' drive up the road.
     
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    After many years of not being able to suggest anybody professional for this (the wineries always take me around in Mendoza), I am happy to say that Ive found someone that I can trust.... Miguel Sanz is the man. Contact me for details...
     
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    What are his range of services?
     
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    Miguel will be your private driver and can also arrange visits, etc. He had a solid local contact base, speaks very good english.... Im now happy to say I have someone I can refer in Mendoza for this service.
     
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    Dan.... considering how much you are into wine, you would be a fool to come to Argentina and not visit Mendoza. Negotiate with your better half, do what it takes, give her an extension of your Centurion Card..... but make the voyage to wine country.
     
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    Oh, please send me info! thanks.
     
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    Pls email me to alex@terroir.com.ar and I will put you in contact with Miguel.

    Thanks
     
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    We arrive in Lima and will spend at least 1 full day/night there.

    My options:

    - MP/Cuzco
    - Mendoza

    Then, we'll spend several days in EZE.

    My options are:

    - Iguazu Falls
    - Mendoza

    I have to pick 2 of the 3, and don't relish the decision. I don't suppose you'd care to offer an opinion? :p
     
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    Mi Amigo, liking my post doesn't help me with my decision. Mendoza isn't looking good.
     
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    Dan.... Mendoza looks as good as you want it to look. Please allow me to stop beating around the bush and cut straight and deep into the bone.

    You are a wine guy.... there is really no way to reasonably justify you not going to wine country if you will be down here.... I assume you better half understands your love of wines, and should reasonably support your desire and need to visit. If she doesnt.... then maybe you need to retain Counsel.... and Im not jesting.

    I think you need to leave Peru for a different trip... come down to Argentina, see the Falls at Iguazu (its one of the Natural Wonders of the World), and then go to Mendoza.... its a no brainer. Not to sound too blunt, but frankly, I dont understand what there is to think about here.

    If for whatever reason you cant do both Iguazy and Mendoza in Argentina, then just go to Mendoza... although as I say above, I would cut the Peru portion of the trip to as short a time as possible and concentrate on doing both destinations in Argentina.

    As we say in these neck of the woods... hora de ponerse los pantalones y tomar decisiones.

    If you do end up coming to Mendoza, let me know as far in advance as possible and I will do my best to get you some proper treatment at some wineries... cant promise anything, but I will see what can be done.

    Cheers,
    Alex
     
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    so many responses!!! you made me laugh. well I just learned one thing - Argentinians are not shy to express their opinions! I can't wait to visit Mendoza in August!
     
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    Yes, but he lived in New York for a while; and you know those New Yorkers. ;)

    The plan is to spend a day and a night in Lima, then go to MP as a side trip from Lima. After we arrive back in Lima, we fly to EZE. Are you suggesting that I blow off MP in favor of Mendoza?

    After we arrive in EZE, the plan is to head to Ig Falls.
     
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