As you enter Argentina’s wine capital, you’ll discover two worlds converging - tradition and innovation. Fun and friendly local guide Peter has worked in every aspect of the wine industry, including working as a professional winemaker. Get the most of your trip to Mendoza by experiencing the unique, old-school, and high-tech vineyards that make the region so celebrated. This wine expert will introduce you to the most important people at each vineyards, from the winemakers to the owners themselves, giving you a truly exclusive and personalized experience. On each day of this three-day tour, you’ll enjoy plenty of wine, beautiful scenery, and gourmet traditional Argentine food. A perfect tour for winos and foodies alike, indulge your senses and let Peter give you an insider’s look into Argentina’s wine capital.
Day 1: Mendoza’s Classics Vineyards
With the perfect introduction into Mendoza’s wineries, today Peter will orient you to the world of Argentina’s wine capital. The Luján and Maipu regions are the original valleys of Mendoza and home to some of the oldest, most traditional vineyards in the region, as well as some high-tech, modern wineries. On this tour, you’ll get an exclusive look into both types of wineries. A far from typical day, you'll meet the actual people who make the delicious wines possible, including the farm workers, winemakers, and winery owners themselves. At both wineries, you’ll taste a range of delicious wines from each vineyard, as Peter gives you tips along the way to help you make the most of your wine tasting experience. At a third vineyard, enjoy an exquisite 5-course lunch at the winery with wine pairings, handpicked to enhance each plate.
Day 2: Traditional Argentine Estate Day
Experience the beauty and serenity of Mendoza on this relaxing day of luxury. Today, Peter will take you to a private estate in the stunning Uco Valley, where you will spend the day with the owner. In this perfect way to learn about Argentine culture, you will enjoy the delicious flavors of the region. Your morning will begin with a tasty local breakfast. Later, you will get to tour the vineyard in the most Argentine way possible, by horseback riding through the rolling hills of the farmland. Surrounded by the Andes Mountains and the rolling fields of grapevines, the views you’ll witness while on horseback are incomparable.
During the second half of your traditional day, you will get to taste the flavors of the valley and discover why it is so acclaimed. Finishing your day of local flavors, enjoy a homemade asado, or Argentine barbecue. Surrounded by family, beautiful scenery, and local traditions, there’s no better way to embrace Mendoza’s laidback way of life than with this luxurious day.
Day 3: Mendoza’s Trendsetting Vineyards
A coveted destination by winos around the world, the up-and-coming Uco Valley has been dubbed the “next Napa Valley.” One of the trendiest places to visit in Argentina, the stunning valley lies right in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, providing visitors with both magnificent views and incredible wines. Today, you will be venture into the valley for a unique tour of its finest wineries. You will visit three wineries that each produce their own distinctive styles of wines in unique ways. After your private wine tastings at each vineyard, you will enjoy a gourmet 5-course meal among the backdrop of the beautiful mountainous Uco Valley.
Must be 18 years or older to participate in the wine tastings
Growing up in Mendoza, wine has always been a big part of my upbringing. For example, when I was just 7 years old, my dad would pour a drop of wine in my sparkling water as part of a family tradition to introduce me to the taste. Later, when I was 16, my family opened a wine shop where I helped out and first learned the ins and outs of the wine world. While I eventually went to university to become an engineer, I could never keep myself away from the wine industry.
At age 23, I got a job at The Vines of Mendoza, a top tasting room in the city's downtown. There, I not only became an expert wine taster, but I also got to watch people react and fall in love with different wines as I have. Seeing the pure joy they experienced really reaffirmed my passion, and so I dropped out of engineering school to work as a sommelier in Barcelona and Andorra.
After experiencing life as a sommelier, I wanted to try another aspect of the wine world, so I returned to Mendoza to study to become a winemaker. Since then, I have worked in the wine industry for over 14 years in every way I could. I’ve sold it, taught it, tasted it, and made it. Now it’s time for me to do what I do best: share it. Out of everything I’ve done, my favorite is showing people my world of Mendoza wines. I love watching people fall in love with its different flavors, helping them learn how to taste it properly, and, most importantly, seeing them have fun with it!