Cordoba Wine Tour

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Cuisine in Cordoba is a very important factor, including the elaboration of regional food and drinks, such as cheeses, sausage products, marmalades, preserved food, beers and wines.

Wine production is focused in the village of Colonia Caroya, just 48 km away from the City of Cordoba, and fully integrated into the Argentine enological-tourist circuit.

A little bit of history

Although the first vines were planted in Santiago del Estero province, the true history of Argentina’s wine industry began nearly a century later in Cordoba.

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It was so in 1618, the Jesuits settled in the present territory of the province, starting with wine production. Among the various properties possessed by the Society of Jesus, they chose the Estancia de Jesus Maria – strategically located on the side of Camino Real- to develop production of this noble drink and from there distribute the rest of his possessions. When you visit the current museum, you can observe some of the tools used for winemaking work, demonstrating the advanced development that had these priests for their time.

With the expulsion of the Jesuit Order of the territories of the Crown -a mid-eighteenth century, by decision of Carlos III from Spain, decays this important industry and most of the vineyards are abandoned. After passing by more than a century, in 1878, a strong wave of migration -mainly Italian – friulana is installed in the area, rescuing from oblivion the old plantations and providing new knowledge and machinery arrivals from Europe.

descargaThe labor force and tenacity of immigrants built an important productive activity, which continued despite the economic and political vicissitudes suffered by the country during the last century and a half. The rapid growth of wine production in the provinces of Cuyo during this same period – supported by the National Law 12.137 / 34, which discouraged the production of wine outside the Andean provinces – stole some prominence to the Córdoba wine, although activity lasted on small family farms (not only in Colonia Caroya, but also in the Northwest and Traslasierra). Since mid-90’we witness the conversion of the area, opening a new phase of expansion.

Nowadays

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The area planted with vines has now reached 314 ha (approximately 0.14% of the national vineyard). More than two thirds of these hectares are located in the Colonia Caroya and surroundings; although there are small areas of vineyards in Traslasierra Valley Calamuchita and provincial Northwest. The varieties of grapes are planted Merlot and Frambua (also known as Isabella or “bedbug grape”), and other less diffusion as Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

There are currently eleven wineries registered in the province, plus some 35 homemade wine authorized processors. The presence of small artisanal producers is a great tourist differential, it is the only region of the country that includes them in wine tours.

The remarkable development of the wine industry in Cordoba has not been a mere quantitative fact; the real change was purely qualitative, from the famous “regional” or “boats” wines sold at roadside bill, to remarkable products that can compete without problems in the domestic market.

Wine Roads in Cordoba

168266Cordoba’s Wine Route proposes visits to vineyards and wineries and regional wine tasting, some of them made from such uncommon varieties as the Isabella grape. This enotourist proposal integrates a circuit of gourmet routes with a remarkable and exquisite offer of pork meats and cold-cuts. Gathering history, traditions, landscapes and production techniques, artisanal producers and wineries invite visitors to go through Córdoba’s land and taste its wines at the winemaking areas of Calamuchita, Traslasierra and the Northwest. Enotourist proposals are enjoyable together with Jesuit Estancias -Mankind Heritage-, the old Royal Road and different gourmet routes, apart from lovely lakes and hills with the relaxing microclimate of the province.

Reinforcing the importance of winemaking in Córdoba, the annual festivals’ agenda includes celebrations related to this production like Grape’s National Festival and Provincial Grape Harvest Festival, celebrated in Colonia Caroya during March.

Circuit number one: Colonia Caroya and nearby (60 km north of the city of Córdoba)

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The main circuit begins on National Route 9 in the city of Colonia Caroya and surroundings (reaching the picturesque village of Ischilín, 75 km northwest). Here you can experience closely the origin of this industry. You can start the tour with a visit to the National Jesuit Museum (at Estancia de Jesus Maria); then continue with a tour and tasting at one of the ancient cellars as La Caroyense or Nannini.

At noon, you can recharge your batteries in some of the many restaurants in town. The most recommended is Macadam, rustic and beautiful dining room where you can taste authentic Italian food.

In the afternoon, you can meet any of the home winemakers like Esteban Papalini of “Wines Vittorio Papalini”, Miguel Angel Patat of “Wines Aurelio” or Carlos Turcode “Establishment El Bosque”. Here you can see the traditional winemaking, as did the first immigrants to the region.

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If you prefer driving for a little while, you can go up to the village of Ischilín to visit the small family winery Jairala Oller. There will be warmly received by the marriage formed by Beatriz Oller and Hector Jairala; who after many years around the world, found its place and fulfilled the dream of owning a winery. Conviviality and willingness of Beatriz, added to the incredible life story of Hector, you will not want leave that place.

If, with the entire bustle, it gets late and you decide to sleep in the area, the Hotel Casa del Friuli is an excellent choice, not only for its comfortable rooms at affordable prices, but also for its remarkable gastronomy.

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La Cabaña grill restaurant

la_cabanaLa Cabaña is the most traditional restaurant in Buenos Aires. Established in 1935, it serves the best Argentine beef on the grill accompanied by excellent wine, a menu that turned La Cabaña into a source of inspiration for local cooking and that has been widely replicated all over the town.

It has already been 75 years of excellence and La Cabaña continues to deliver its services in a singular atmosphere where original style and tradition are still on. They invite you to enjoy any of their grilled beef cuts and, if you are willing to wait for an hour, you can have a unique experience tasting our classic “Great Baby Beef” – we suggest you do, savoring a glass of wine and in nice company.

You do not get to know the purest Argentine cuisine without visiting La Cabaña restaurant.

History

l_19_la-caba-a4On September 14th, 1935 Francisco Lapietra opened his restaurant on 400 Entre Ríos Avenue. It was a large Norman-style room seating 450 diners and a private dining room that accommodated 60 people on the first floor. Two stuffed Hereford cows at the restaurant entrance stood as the perfect photo op for tourists who believed that the animals´ tails were lucky charms to be touched. The restaurant had a six-meter window with three rows of half carcasses hanging from hooks, with Aberdeen Angus at the top, Hereford in the middle and Shorthorn at the bottom, so that guests were free to pick the cut they preferred.
The restaurant was an immediate success for two types of clientele: those who were looking for a quiet family dinner and those who arrived at late hours after a night out. The relaxed atmosphere and the icon dish on the menu, the 
“Delicioso Bife de Chorizo” – Delicious Sirloin Strip Steak – lured people to return time and again.
The restaurant´s guestbook includes the names of the main figures of the 20th century going from Louis Armstrong, Fidel Castro and Charles de Gaulle to Sophia Loren and Charlton Heston. 

It closed its doors in 1996 and remained so until it was acquired by Orient Express Hotels, a chain of luxury hotels, trains and cruises that reopened it in the exclusive area of Recoleta. Some years later, the restaurant returned to the hands of Argentine owners who have relocated it in the heart of the top restaurant area in Buenos Aires giving it back the cherished essence of the original LA CABAÑA. As it could not have been otherwise, the landscape of La Cabaña includes the Luna Park, Corrientes Avenue and, far back, the Obelisk as well as the lights and modern atmosphere of Puerto Madero. That is exactly the point: renewed passion for our cuisine combined with the best of our history to be continued…

Cuisine

top_clases_cocinaThe menu shows the best of modern traditional Argentine cuisine where the grill plays a leading role. All beef cuts are carefully selected by the chef.

Special mention should be made to the Kobe beef in the menu. Considered by experts as one of the best beef all over the world, Kobe beef is renowned for its flavor, juice and tenderness resulting from the marbled texture of Wagyu cattle and the distinctive feeding techniques applied throughout the life of the animal.

Wine Tastings

top_degustacionWine tasting sessions take place 1 hour before lunch or dinner at the restaurant. These sessions are hosted by a sommelier who describes the virtues of each wine region and, also, the strong points of each grape variety grown in our country.

The wines participating in these tasting sessions – included in the menu- are the most representative of Argentina. Additional information on the wine and grape varieties tasted is provided together with the stores where you can buy the products.

Location

La Cabaña is located in the prestigious district of Puerto Madero, a recently revamped posh area in Buenos Aires next to the Colón Opera House, the financial district and the famous Obelisk.

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Bodega Luigi Bosca

Familia Arizu has been working in the national wine-producing industry for over img_historia_3567564100 years. Currently led by its third and fourth generation, Bodega Luigi Bosca is one of the few wine-producing places that remains in the hands of the founding family throughout the decades, and has become the paradigm of the national wine.

The pillars on which they have managed to consolidate their experience have been their international expansion, their prestige based on their know-how passed on over the years, and the constant and homogeneous quality of the wines, and a permanent search for excellence through innovation, dynamism, and state-of-the-art technology.

Bodega Luigi Bosca is not only just one of the wine producing premises with the highest share in the local market of premium wines, but their labels are present in the five continents and it reaches more than 50 countries in the world. Today they produce 8 million bottles of wine out of which 60% is sold abroad, mainly in the United States, Canada and Brazil.

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Bodega Luigi Bosca has seven vineyards of their own in the province of Mendoza, located between 1,150 and 780 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.), whose vineyards are watered with pure meltwater coming down from the Mountain Range. Their phytosanitary health is the best.

The different varieties planted in these vineyards were brought from Europe during the last decade of the XIX century. Therefore, today’s vines are the result of selection from the best of those old family vineyards that went through a very slow acclimatization process to the lands of Mendoza. During this period, several crossings and changes were favored, strengthening the unique and personal character of these vineyards.

Luigi Bosca. Tradition, genuineness and elegance are the three foundations upon which the wide line of white, red and sparkling wines making the Luigi Bosca line are based on. The flagship brand of the winery conceals its centenary history in each bottle, and offers varietal alternatives for the different situations and moments of consumption. True to its tradition, the Arizu family has thoroughly understood the secret of the vine and the terroir of Mendoza, reflected in each bottle from a timeless collection of wines that are noble, elegant and with great tipicity.linea_productos1

Finca La Linda. Youth and expressiveness are the characteristics which best describe the Finca La Linda line, the current collection of young wines from the Bodega Luigi Bosca. Its pioneering spirit encourages us to discover each variety of grapes grown in Mendoza’s terroir, and also to find those unique short moments that are worth enjoying intensively. Finca La Linda wines are defined as having personality, style and the purest and sheerest expression of its varietal and blends.

Pointer Wingshooting invites you to visit another exceptional winery in one of the best vineyards of Argentina. Do not miss this unique chance.

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Bodegas Salentein

The Salentein estate is as rich in history as in vineyard character. Land now planted to grapes once bore witness to great deeds and heroism. This goodwill was the work of the indigenous people, Jesuit missionaries who came to the region, and important historical figures, such as General San Martin.img-historia salentein 2

Finca San Pablo, one of the Salentein vineyards, has historical roots that reach back to the 17th century. In the past, the property was part of an estancia called De Arriba, which belonged to the Society of Jesus. In the heart of the finca, some 1,500 meters above sea level, lei the ruins of Casa Grande, an old farmhouse.

Surrounded by a mature grove, the old house was built by the Jesuits, who had already begun developing viticulture practices at that time. Today, more than two centuries later, timthumbBodegas Salentein grows Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc in Finca San Pablo. Respectful of the land’s vibrantly textured past; Salentein is equally inspired by the land’s remarkably promising future. It is this delicate balance of old and new —of blending the tradition of long-celebrated European winemaking methods with the bold ingenuity of the New World- that defines the Salentein style.

The goal of Salentein is to make high quality Argentine wines, while respecting and supporting the people, nature and community from which the wines are created. The company’s lasting commitment to the people of Argentina combines investments, employment opportunities, and training with lessons of hope. Salentein faces national challenges with vitality and a long-term global perspective.

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Salentein lies in the province of Mendoza, the most important winegrowing region of Argentina, with some 150.000 vineyard hectares (370.500 acres) and more than 900 wineries.

Salentein is a leader in cultivating global awareness of the emerging premium wineries of Argentina. A new vision of quality —with plantings of classical varietals, preservation of old vines, application of European artistry, and advanced technology— is yielding world-class wines.

About the Winery

The magnificent winery, designed for both form and function in the shape of a cross, allows for customized gentle handling of the grapes, reducing the distance wine needs to be moved between winemaking steps.

Each of the wings is a small winery with two levels-a ground level that houses stainless steel tanks and French wooden vats for fermentation and storage, and an underground level for aging wine in oak casks. The two levels allow wine to flow from the tanks to the barrels by a traditional gravity transfer system.

The four wings converge in a circular central chamber, which resembles an amphitheater and was inspired by ancient classical temples.

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The underground cellars are naturally maintained at a constant 12°C (53.5°F) and 80% humidity. Wine is aged in small (225-liter) French oak casks. The cellar capacity is 5,000 barrels.

Tasting Room

Beyond the functionality, the shape and materials of the bodega also honor the religious roots of the valley.
Jesuit missionaries settled here in the 16th century and cultivated some of the first vineyards in the region. Salentein’s tasting room features a ceiling that has been hand-painted using colors ground from natural stone by the women of the local village.

Primus Room

Beauty and function converge once again in the Primus Room of Bodegas Salentein. Located on the ground floor of the winery at the heart of the two wings that form Salentein’s distinctive cross shape, the Primus Room is a mini winery exclusively dedicated to making Salentein’s Primus wines. The Primus Room houses 12 temperature-controlled French-oak wooden vats with a capacity of 7,600 liters each. This ´winery-within-a-winery´ concept is unique both in design and in its capacity for crafting premium wines using the highest quality equipment. As the ultimate expression of Valle de Uco mountain winegrowing, Primus wines are made only in those years when the fruit is of exceptional quality.

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Park Hyatt Mendoza Hotel

Park Hyatt Mendoza Hotel, Casino & Spa, with its beautifully restored 19th-cq5dam.thumbnail.744.415century Spanish colonial façade, is a prestigious five-star hotel. Located in one of the Great Wine Capitals of the World, the hotel is situated in the main business district in the centre of Mendoza, in front of Plaza Independencia.

The hotel is only 15 minutes away from Mendoza International Airport, and 90 minutes away from the Aconcagua Mountain and major ski resorts in Argentina.

Park Hyatt Mendoza is ideal for business and leisure travelers, including rooms with stunning views of the Andes mountain and the city of Mendoza. Close to the most important vineyards and wineries of the region.

Its 186 guestrooms and Suits are provided with refined wood furniture, soft materials and local artworks.hyatt 2

The conference rooms are custom-designed for meetings, social events and conferences. There are three meeting rooms, a boardroom and a 300 square-metre ballroom that evokes the luxurious Salón de Los Espejos of the historic Plaza Hotel.

Delight yourself with our gastronomic options: Bistro M, Grill Q – Parrila Aregentina, Uvas Lounge y Bar, and Terrazas de la Plaza. Experience also Kaua Club & Spa and Regency Casino Mendoza.

More than 50 years of hospitality expertise. Smart architecture and design. A great global sales team. Unique and award winning restaurant concepts. Plus, a thoughtful approach to growth that positions the hotels for success. These stand out among the reasons why owners and developers put their confidence in Hyatt. Yet above all, the core strength emerges from a philosophy of authentic hospitality delivered to each and every guest 24/7 around the world.hyattt

Is our responsability to suggest and offer you the best option for your trip.

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Bodegas Catena Zapata

When our guests ask us about one of the best wines in Argentina we undoubtedly include a variety of Catena Zapata in their table. bodega_catena_zapata

Catena Zapata have long believed that every wine begins in the vineyard. In this spirit they began, in 1983, a pioneering research project into the microclimates of Mendoza, Argentina.

Through the planting of carefully selected clones in various vineyard sites, THEY were able to identify the ideal locations for premium wine vineyards.

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Blending different varietals, different lots and even different vintages is an art as old as winemaking itself. In Bordeaux, the blending of the famous five – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec – is a centuries old art. Each component is thought to add a level of complexity to the wine. 

Over the past 20 years, Nicolás and Laura Catena and their vineyard management team have worked tirelessly in the discovery, identification and development of key microclimates in the high altitude wine country of Mendoza, Argentina. Nicolás Catena has planted an almost countless number of varietals and clones throughout his mountain vineyard sites.

Throughout years, Nicolas Catena discovered the influence altitude has on fruit quality. As one climbs the altitudes of the Andes the average temperature decreases and the amplitude between day and night temperatures increases. This environment provides the ideal climate for grape maturation.img_assemblage

The in depth study of different microclimates led Nicolás to determine that the same varietal, and even the same clone, presented distinct aromatic and flavor profiles when cultivated in each of these unique microclimates. Implementing the age old art of assemblage, he found that by blending these different lots of the same varietal, he could achieve a more complex wine.

As great artists tap their creative spirit to mix and match colors in the production of magnificent works of art, this wide array of distinct lot selections allows the winemaking team at Bodega Catena Zapata to engage in a creative, intricate process of blending in order to craft the final wine.49513816

Vineyard management team has also made significant discoveries into the effects of irrigation on quality. Through the careful use of irrigation, they are able to manipulate the growth tendencies of each vine, forcing them to direct their resources to the maturation of a limited number of clusters. The extremely low rainfall in Mendoza allows them to take full advantage of controlled irrigation.

One of the most rewarding projects has been the 1989 restoration of Angélica, a 60 year old Malbec vineyard in Lunlunta. Malbec, which was Nicolás’ father Domingo’s favorite varietal, flourishes in Argentina as nowhere else in the world.

This Bodega has an incredible history of commitment and passion for their vineyards. So if you are planning to visit Mendoza, do not miss the awesome experience of Catena Wines.

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Vines of Mendoza

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They say it started with a bold vision and a crazy dream.

In 2005, Pablo Gimenez Riili and Michael Evans recognized the world-class potential of Mendoza’s Uco Valley and invested in 250 acres of land. Their purpose: to bring the dream of owning a vineyard and making your very own premium quality wine to reality. The Vines of Mendoza has since sold Private Vineyards to more than 130 owners from around the globe, expanded the property to 1,500 acres and established the highest quality winemaking enterprise in the region. Each step of the way has been a labor of love and we enjoy nothing more than to share the fruits of our labor with yovines2u. We welcome visitors to our Mendoza City and Uco Valley Tasting Rooms where we showcase the best of Argentine boutique wines, including our own Recuerdo brand. 

A place not easily found, The Vines of Mendoza is even harder to leave. Our guests feel its magnetic pull. To share the best of Mendoza with even more travelers from around the world, we’ve created The Vines Resort & Spa. Offering laid-back luxury at the base of the majestic Andes Mountains, it’s the ultimate retreat for wine lovers and outdoor adventurers. We believe in treating guests like old friends and go out of our way to make sure you experience the very best of our region. 

The perfect blend of rustic elegance and modern comfort, the Resort features spacious private Villas, a luxurious Spa, world-class service, and breathtaking views of the Andes at every turn. Legendary Argentine chef Francis Mallmann serves up inspired regional fare and traditional asado feasts at our signature restaurant, Siete Fuegos.
slideshow-3In our vineyards, you can harvest grapes or make your own custom wine, working side-by-side with world-renowned consultant winemaker Santiago Achával. As our guest, you may find yourself exploring the rugged countryside by horseback, saluting 300 days of sunshine in a yoga class, taking a fly fishing excursion on the Rio Mendoza, stargazing from your private deck, or even blending your own Malbec. Along the way, we’ll share the warmth and magic of Argentina with you like only a local can.

Stop by and find out why the New York Times recently called The Vines of Mendoza’s Tasting Room a best first stop for learning about Mendoza and its wines. It is the only place in Mendoza city where wine enthusiasts can enjoy flights and by-the-glass tastings of the 100 very best Argentine wines; it’s like visiting 50 of the best Argentine boutique wineries without leaving the city. We’ve brought together the best of the region for you.

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Each tasting includes a thorough and personal education about of the wines from our Wine Specialists. If you’d like to get a bit more hands-on and make wine with us, you can blend your own wine with one of our experts in our state-of-the-art blending lab, and even take the bottle with you to share to your friends. 

Conde Nast Hot List 2014 — “You can even play winemaker by purchasing a plot of land on-site whose cultivation is overseen by the resort’s agronomist. What better excuse to keep coming back?”

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