Friday, April 18, 2014

Wine tours: Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu, Mendoza

I took a couple days this week to do some wine touring at the following wineries in Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu: 
Catena Zapata 
Luigi Bosca

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

Luigi Bosca

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)


 If you get to visit Decero, make sure you book a reservation for lunch on the property. It was a beautiful day to dine al fresco!

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!

Catena Zapata

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

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