I took a couple days this week to do some wine touring at the following wineries in Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu:
Driving in Mendoza province is not the easiest so I hired a driver to take me around. I avoided the rustic roads, manual transmission cars, dealing with directions and street signs in Spanish, etc.....It was a good decision. I trusted the services to a company named Wine and Route. I would certainly recommend them to make your touring stress free!
When do my planning of which wineries to visit, I consider what's available in the market I live in (LCBO), and make my way to those most prominent on the shelves. I want to be able to identify with the winery and to communicate a story. One thing is synonymous with all these properties - they practice high quality wine making and execute premium portfolios of wine.
This was my favorite visit. I was treated to a private tour with a tasting of 6 wines by Gaston the resident Sommelier. This is a very large winery with many different portfolios and group tours conducted throughout the day. Despite the multitude of people coming through the door and the 25 million liters they produce a year, I left feeling like this is an exceptional winery that offers everyday value wines and superior wines with great structure that can cellar.
|Winery built in 1928|
|Old, original tanks|
|New, modern, double tank|
|Trapiche Icon Wine|
|I love the variety of wines Luigi Bosca produces from their multitude of vineyards!|
|What does Kaiken mean? It is this white goose from Patagonia|
|104 year old Malbec vine!|
|Controlled irrigation channels|
|80 year old, pergola trained, cabernet sauvignon vines|
|Concrete tanks (1930's)|
This winery produces labels you will find at the LCBO like Fuzion, Santa Julia and Zuccardi Q
|Zuccardi Icon wine from Uco Valle|
|Cellar for Zuccardi Q|
|Concrete tanks and eggs for specialty wines|
|Zuccardi Q - a find at the LCBO|
|Series A - Bonarda, you can find at the LCBO and its amazing!|
|The winery: The Pyramid, Mayan inspired|
|Outstanding view from the Pyramid of the stretch of Andes called 'the silver ribbon'|
|NICOLAS Catena Zapata - I will be looking for this one @LCBO|