11 Must-Visit Wineries in Mendoza
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As a wine enthusiast, I love to pick a wine country that I haven’t yet explored and immerse myself in the flavors, aromas and terroir of the region. Mendoza, in Argentina, is excellent for this, with its world-class wines, breathtaking views and burgeoning wine tourism. While it hasn’t reached the ease of Napa wine touring, getting around to the best wineries in the region doesn’t have to be difficult.

The best way to see the entire region at your own pace is to hire a driver (this may be expensive, but is necessary) for three days and set out to visit up to four Mendoza wineries in each of the three wine regions, Lujan de Cuyo, Uco Valley and Maipu. Each region has a unique feel, but if you can’t make it to all three, a day-trip to one or two will suffice. All of the itineraries have a good mix of modern, large commercial and family-owned wineries.

Learn more about the Mendoza Wine Region and traveling in Argentina.

For your wine tasting pleasure, we have put together a list of 11 Must-Visit Mendoza Wineries. Of course, there are hundreds more wineries you could enjoy in the area – from large producers to small family-run wineries. These are just a few of our favorites, broken up by region:

Lujan de Cuyo

About 40 minutes south of Mendoza, this region is considered to be where wine began in Mendoza. Its elevation at an average of 3,000 feet above sea level makes its terroir very unique. Luján de Cuyo was also the first region to institute the AOC (Appellation d’Origine Controlée) for Malbec in 1993, which greatly advanced the wine industry in Mendoza.

1. Archaval Ferrer

wine bottles
Winery Tour at Archaval Ferrer

Started by a group of friends in 1998, Archaval Ferrer is committed to producing small quantities of fine red wine. It’s a small working winery and you’ll witness that firsthand as you tour the internal workings of the winery, walking directly through areas that are integral to their production process. At the end of the tour, you’ll stop for a barrel tasting in the cellar.

Winery Address: Calle Cobos 2601, Pedriel (5509), Mendoza, Argentina
Tel.: 54 9 0261-155535565
Reservations: [email protected]; online form

2. Ruca Malen

Restaurant at Bodega Ruca Malen
Restaurant at Bodega Ruca Malen

Ruca Malen takes visitors on a larger-scale journey through the winemaking process to see how modern techniques have been implemented. If you’re lucky, you arrived here at lunch time to indulge in the highly creative five-course menu with wine pairings that’s served in a sunny solarium with a unequaled view of the vineyards and surrounding mountains. They also offer an interactive blending class.

Winery address: Ruta nacional 7 km 1059, Agrelo, Mendoza, Argentina.
Tel.: (+54 261) 413 8909
Reservations: [email protected] (online form)

3. Vistalba

Finca Bodega Vistalba
Finca Bodega Vistalba

Bodega Vistalba is unique in that the winery was designed so that the whole winemaking process takes place using gravity, without the use of pumps. The tasting room is also underground. You’ll have the opportunity to choose from many different wine tasting packages: Corte A, B or C. They also serve a tasting menu for lunch at their restaurant La Bourgogne.

Winery address: Roque Saenz Pena 3531, Vistalba, Mendoza, Argentina
Tel.: 54 (261) 498 9400
Reservations: [email protected]

4. Clos de Chacras

Tasting experience at Clos de Chacras
Tasting experience at Clos de Chacras

This boutique winery is housed in an architecturally restored 1920s building that establishes the feeling of old world charm when you enter. A tour will take you through the working winery and end with a tasting of the different levels of wine they offer, served alongside a cheese plate. You can also enjoy lunch or dinner here, or just grab a glass while you enjoy the outdoor seating.

Winery address: Monte Líbano 1025 – Mendoza Province, Argentina
Tel.: 54 261 496 1285
Reservations: [email protected] www.closdechacras.com.ar

Valle de Uco

Located the furthest away from the city, about a 75-minute drive, Valle de Uco is the newest wine region in the area and is also one of the highest-altitude wine regions in the world, having some of its vines planted 4,000 feet above sea level. It’s a longer journey to get there, but very rewarding, not only for the world-class wine, but the amazing views and incredible, modern architecture.

5. Catena Zapata

Catena Zapata
Catena Zapata

The founding father of Catena Zapata, Nicola Zapata, arrived in Argentina in 1898 and planted the winery’s first grapes in 1902. Since then, the Zapata family has passed the wine-making tradition through the generations and continues to produce some of the area’s most outstanding wines.

Winery address: J. Cobos s/n, Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
Tel.: (54) (261) 413 1100
Reservations: Use the only form or call directly.

6. Salentein

Bodega Salentein
Bodega Salentein

A masterpiece of modern architecture, Salentein is built in the shape of a cross as a symbol of the area’s religious roots and to increase production in the winery, both of which you’ll learn about on the tour. Along with the fantastic views from the property and the stunning cellar that can house up to 5,000 barrels, Salentein also houses a gallery with exclusive collections of Argentine art.

Winery address: Ruta Provincial 89, Los Árboles, Tunuyán
Tel.: 54-02622-429-500
Reservations: www.bodegasalentein.com

7. Andaluna

Bodega Andeluna
Bodega Andeluna

Andeluna Cellars winery and vineyards are situated along the Andes Mountains, over 4,200 feet above sea level. Tour the state-of-the-art facilities before enjoying a glass of wine at the tasting bar, or a special tasting of their Reserve, Limited Reserve and Grand Reserve wines in the wine cellar. They have a great restaurant that serves a 5-course meal paired with your preferred tier of wine.

Winery address: Ruta Provincial 89 s/n, Distrito de Gualtallary. Tupungato, Mendoza
Tel/Fax: +54 2622 423 226  ext. 13
Reservations: [email protected]

8. Domaine Bousquet

Domaine Bousquet
Domaine Bousquet

The main objective of Domaine Bousquet — a small, family-owned winery — is to combine the European winemaking style (the family hails from France) with the cool climate and terroir of the Uco Valley. During the tour, you’ll walk through the vineyards and visit the winery to learn the steps they employ to create such beautiful wines. Then enjoy a tasting of all three lines of wine. Domaine Bousquet also has a lodge and cooking school for further exploration into the region. Gaia Restaurant serves a 4-course or 6-course lunch with wine pairings in the rustic and charming tasting room.

Winery address: Ruta 89 S/N Km 7, Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina
Tel: +549 261 5320896
Reservations: [email protected]

Maipu

Maipu is the closest region to Mendoza city — a quick 15-minute drive — so if you’re short on time, this is the region to visit. Maipu is also a great place to rent a bike and see the countryside on two wheels.

9. Trapiche

Resident llama hanging out in front of Trapiche Winery
Resident llama hanging out in front of Trapiche Winery

The original owners of the winery sold it in 1970 and it was abandoned soon after. Trapiche acquired it in 2006 aiming to rescue and restore its original structure. They recycled the interior and incorporated the latest technology and equipment for the production of their high-end wines. A tour of the facility exudes the historical qualities that make it unique, including the glass floor in the tasting room that gives a view into the barrel room below.

Winery address: Nueva Mayorga s/n street (M5522CHA), Coquimbito, Maipú

10. Casarena

Casarena Bodega
Casarena Bodega

On the cusp of Maipu and Lujon de Cuyo is Casarena Winery & Vineyards, named after the earth-toned stucco exterior of the winery, which opened in 2007 after a rebuilding of the original century-old family winery that was on the location. If you have time, we highly recommend making a reservation for dinner at Casarena’s restaurant “Mun”. Chef Mun Kim serves a five-course asian-influenced meal paired with Casarena’s finest wines — a very enjoyable evening.

Tel.: + (54) 9 261 696 7848 / 156967848
Reservations: [email protected]

11. Bodega Tapiz

Horse-drawn carriage ride at Tapiz
Horse-drawn carriage ride at Tapiz

The highlight of Tapiz is the horse-drawn carriage ride around the vineyards that is included in the tour. After trotting around outside, you’re welcomed inside the winery where you’ll try samples straight from the fermentation vats and barrels. Great prices on wine and a beautiful location make it worth a stop.

Winery address: Ruta Provincial 15 km 32, Agrelo, Mendoza, Argentina
Tel.: +54 261 496-3433
Reservations: http://www.bodega-tapiz.com.ar/

BONUS: Casa de Campo

Not a winery, but Casa de Campo is a great spot for lunch. You’ll find it packed with locals and very little English being spoken by the staff. What you will get is an authentic Argentinean meal at a great price. Ask your driver to help you order if necessary, or just go with the tasting menu, which will give you a fairly large portion of a lot of their famous dishes.

Restaurant address:  Urquiza 1516 | Coquimbito, Maipu, Mendoza, Argentina
Tel.: +54 261 481-1605
Website: http://www.casadecampomza.com/

9 thoughts on “11 Must-Visit Mendoza Wineries

  1. Ana O says:

    What a great roundup! I went to Mendoza many, many years ago and visited a couple of the older wineries like Pascual Toso. I should go back now and visit the new ones.

  2. John Stevens says:

    Hi Laura,

    This is an interesting list but a bit disappointing. I live in Buenos Aires and have been to Mendoza 10 times now and this list mostly represents the large wineries that are always talked about in all travel publications due to their large marketing budgets. All of these wineries have received money from foreigners and are generally not owned by Argentines. There are so many more interesting and beautiful wineries in Mendoza that are not mentioned here (Lagarde, Mendel, Zorzal, etc) that I would recommend visiting.

    • Laura Lynch says:

      You’re very right, John. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of other great, small, family-run wineries in Mendoza that are highly recommended. This list represents only a very small portion of the great wineries in the area. You’re lucky to live so close and be able to check out so many of the others. I wish I’d had months to do more exploring. We’ll be back in the area soon and will report on some of the ones you mentioned. Thanks!

  3. Gustavo Williams says:

    Hi, Laura is true that every time there are more wineries that open doors to tourism, I actually live in Mendoza and I think that definitely you need to hire a car to visit wineries (with driver) in my opinion is not so expensive for people from US because the change is very good for you. Definitely you need one day for each region Maipu, Lujan and Uco Valley and you can’t visit more of three wineries per day perhaps four, having tasting in each winery and lunch with tasting in one of them. Don’t forget to do reservations to visit wineries and some times one month before like Catena Zapata.

  4. Stuart says:

    Laura,
    Thank you for the article.

    My fiancé and I are going to Mendoza in 2 weeks and were wondering if you had any more hidden gems?

    I reached out to Gustavo (above) about hiring his drivin service and will leave a review if we connect.

    Thank you!

    • Laura Lynch says:

      Hi Stuart. That’s awesome that you’re going to Mendoza. I love it there! Definitely stop by Vines of Mendoza shop in town, and their resort. Francis Mallman’s Siete Fuegos is great for dinner. My other recommendation would be to make sure you find a good, knowledgeable driver who can make local recommendations for you. We found some really great wineries because of that. Also, if you plan ahead, you can schedule to just have tastings at some of the wineries instead of a full tour, which can become tedious after the first few. If you have any other question, feel free to email me.

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