If, like the majority of the population, you enjoy a good glass of wine you simply must visit Argentina. World-renowned for its rich flavoured, smooth reds you’ll be spoilt for choice. Without question, the best way to experience the vineyards of this vast country is to stay at a luxury wine lodge a truly immerse yourself in the grape growing culture. We have carefully selected 5 of the best;
1. Cavas Wine Lodge
Situated in a large vineyard only 30 minutes south of Mendoza, this boutique property has just 18 rooms, making a stay here very personal and unique. All of the rooms face west, treating guests to an uninterrupted view of the dramatic Andes mountains, which are often topped with a light dusting of snow. They also benefit from king size beds, spa style bathrooms, private plunge pools, wood burning fireplaces and outdoor showers.
With such a luxurious selection of in-room amenities and features, it’ll be easy to relax after a long day exploring the surrounding vineyards. If the rooms aren’t quite enough, you could instead choose to make use of the full spa which offers treatments using vine and grape extracts or enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Cavas Wine Lodge can also book activities for guests such as horse riding, zip lining and white water rafting, making it an excellent base from which to explore this pretty region.
2. The Vines
A little further afield, just less than 2 hours from Mendoza, visitors to the Argentine wine region will find The Vines. As extraordinary property which boasts a long list of awards and titles, and is by far one of the best hotels not just in Mendoza but the whole country. Sat in the middle of an astonishing 1500 acres of private vineyards, and with views over the Andes, it’s location could not be better. All this space means that guests can enjoy features such as an expansive (and well stocked) wine cellar, 5km jogging track, large swimming pool and plenty of privacy.
There are only 22 private villas which are a charming mix of rustic features and contemporary styling. Each has both underfloor heating and air conditioning, a private patio, host concierge, complimentary Wi-Fi and an iPad which is regularly updated with e-newspapers and music. For those wishing to upgrade, extra features include hot tubs on the patio and private plunge pools. As with many of the hotels in the region, the staff will happily help organise tours to explore the surrounding area.
3. Casa de Uco
Our third entry is another property close to Mendoza, as this is where the main hub of wine related tourism can be found. Casa de Uco is located in the Uco Valley – the region world famous for its outstanding Malbec grapes. This estate is outstanding in many ways, including the fact that guests can cultivate their own grapes and create their own wines, or perhaps it’s because the hotel oozes sophistication and cutting edge design.
A particular highlight for people who decide to stay here is the restaurant, which serves a tasty local menu every day using ingredients from the hotels very own organic garden. Whilst you enjoy your meal, a sommelier will guide you through the long list of wines on offer, many of which are made on site. The accommodation itself is spacious and very comfortable, with a balcony or terrace from which guests can enjoy the surrounding scenery of sprawling grape vines and the distant Andes mountains.
4. Grace Cafeyate
Located close to the small town of Cafeyate and within the grape growing region of Calchaqui Valley, the Grace is an elegant hotel which prides itself as being one of the best boutique wine hotels. This luxury option has a stunning open kitchen and terrace, a large swimming pool and full spa. Inside, the facilities also include a cigar bar, and, an impressive wine bar.
The rooms themselves come in a variety of options, from deluxe up to suites and villas, which would be ideal for families or groups travelling together. Each features air conditioning, nespresso, free Wi-Fi, walk in rain shower and luxury bed linen. The culinary offerings from the onsite restaurant will suit all different tastes – from the highest quality cuts of beef to traditional tamales and humitas. If you chose to stay here rather than Mendoza, you won’t be disappointed – the scenery of the region is quite special. Large canyons and multicoloured rock formations are both fascinating and exciting to explore, alongside a variety of other outdoor activities.
5. Entre Cielos
Back in Mendoza, our final recommendation is the quirky 5-star Entre Cielos wine resort. Just 16 rooms are spaced throughout the contemporary hotel all of which have fabulous facilities including private terrace with mountain views, air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen TV, robe and slippers. If you want an extra special visit, upgrades can be made to the superior rooms or suites.
However, if you are after an unforgettable experience, the ‘Loft Suite’ is the ultimate option. This unique creation is a large pod on stilts in the middle of the vines. This protective cocoon has everything you could wish for including a bathtub on the terrace for star gazing, daily complimentary snack and cocktail deliveries and access to the hammam. Talking of which, Entre Cielos is the only property in the whole of Latin America which has a full hammam spa – something to consider if relaxing is of high priority.
Simon Williams is Director of Bespoke Latin America. Bespoke Latin America is a luxury travel company specialising in tailor made holidays to Latin America.
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