Anyone who wants to familiarize themselves with the food and wine culture of the province of Mendoza should make sure that they don’t miss out on making a strategic stop in this luxurious resort at the foot of the Andes mountain range
In the heart of the Uco Valley, there exist a few, special enclaves where it’s possible to enjoy nature and local flavors in tandem. And, without a doubt, one of them is The Vines Resort & Spa. Listed by the National Geographic magazine as one of the 100 places in the world that can change your life and selected by the prestigious Travel + Leisure magazine as the second-best accommodation in South America in 2019, this boutique hotel a little over 100 kilometers from the provincial capital boasts an outstanding range of options for immersing yourself into the local wine production scene.
It all began in 2005, when a group of wine lovers decided to create a unique space in the heart of Mendoza where other enthusiasts could come to make wine and create their own labels. Almost 10 years later, they built sophisticated villas to house travelers from across the globe in this earthly paradise, which is over 600 hectares in size. Today, anyone who finds themselves here can be sure of a total immersion in the local food culture.
The resort has a lot to offer, and there’s truly something for every taste. Even the most demanding travelers will find their needs accommodated. For starters, in the resort’s bodega, guests can sample the over 300 unique vintages that this exclusive location has to offer (with the emblematic “Recuerdo” bottle being one of the best). Guests can even make a barrel of their own variety under the expert guidance of the resort’s famous winemakers.
Adventure tourism isn’t off the menu either. When the sun sets, there is the option of going out to visit the vines on horseback or by bicycle, where you’ll feel yourself be swept away by the stunning, unique landscapes that the snowy peaks create.
But the experience of The Vines cannot be described in its totality without mentioning Siete Fuegos (Seven Fires in English), the resort restaurant led by the prestigious international chef Francis Mallmann. As its name suggests, this venue boasts an open-flame kitchen that creates delicious dishes inspired by regional recipes. They can all be perfectly paired with a bottle of Argentina’s finest wine: slow grilled ribeye steak, cast-iron baked salt-encrusted salmon, grilled seasonal fruits and much more.
For anyone who’s looking to relax and enjoy the calm that the Andes has to offer or alternatively fill themselves to bursting with gourmet delights, The Vines offers a world of new experiences and sensations, with a glass of red at arm’s reach. Until the next sip.