25 Jan Recommended Boutique Wineries in Luján de Cuyo
Are you in the midst of planning a wine tourism trip to Mendoza, Argentina? If so, I am excited for you as I loved the region, especially the district of Luján de Cuyo, and think you will too! In fact, I’m currently planning a return trip.
We know the planning and advance reservations can seem a little overwhelming. Some people choose to do a tour for this reason, and I agree that is a very convenient method. Although, I usually find that wine tours either focus on the larger producers and miss the uniqueness of the boutique wineries and/or they are very expensive.
In late November/early December 2017, we visited several boutique wineries on our own self-guided wine tour in Mendoza and would highly recommend them to anyone that loves quality wine and gaining knowledge of the grape growing and wine-making process.
Planning a Self-Guided Wine Tour in Luján de Cuyo
In this post, we’ve gathered essential details on recommended boutique wineries in Luján de Cuyo and Lunlunta districts of Mendoza. These are based on our visit as well as input from Chilean wine professionals and local professionals. Additionally, we’ve provided our thoughts on suggested itinerary approaches.
Please note that advance reservations are required in order to visit wineries and most sit-down restaurants in this region. From our experience, each tour/tasting took around 1.5 hours. Maybe factor 2 hours to have some breathing room, or even a little more if you want some leisure time at the facilities to enjoy the views.
A word of caution, the wineries in the Luján de Cuyo area are NOT open on Sundays. If you are visiting Mendoza on a Sunday and want to go to wineries, you should focus on Uco Valley which is further south.
Here are some itinerary approaches you could take to plan your self-guided wine tour in Luján de Cuyo:
a) 2 wineries in the morning (9:30am, 11:00am/11:30a) + multi-course lunch with or without wine pairing around 1:30pm/2:00pm
b) 1 winery in the morning (9:30am) + multi-course lunch with or without wine pairing around 12:00/12:30pm + 1 winery in the afternoon (3:00p)
c) 1 winery in the morning (10:30am/11:00a) + multi-course lunch with wine pairing around 1:30pm
To learn more about Mendoza + Malbec and how to plan transportation, accommodation, meals, and budget, check out our post, Mendoza: what you need to know to plan a wine trip.
Boutique Wineries in Luján de Cuyo
We thoroughly enjoyed doing multiple tours during our time in and around the Luján de Cuyo district of Mendoza. Each tour provided a different learning experience, enhancing our knowledge of the process, leading us to further appreciate our tastings.
Best of all, the tour/tastings are a good value – the costs we encountered were between AR $160-$250 per person (USD ~$9-15) for the tour and tasting. The Argentinian Pesos fluctuates a lot, so USD conversion will vary. We suggest downloading the XE Currency mobile app to aid you in determining the currency conversions.
These are the boutique wineries we visited on our self-guided wine tour and would recommend to you too:
Founded in 1998, awarded with distinction in 2000, it’s since become a Malbec powerhouse with consistently top-rated wines.
Winemaker: Roberto Cipresso
Tour Experience: They offer a unique tasting format, where you can try some of the new vintages in the barrel as they ferment and then try the same wines in an older vintage after they have matured and are bottled. All while learning about the history, lines of wines, and successes.
Tour Times: 9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm (15:00); days of week are unlisted
Tour Languages: (known) Spanish, English
Price: AR $250 per person
Contact for Reservation: www.achaval-ferrer.com/visitenos#
Nearby: Bodega Matervini, Bodega Renacer, Bodega Cruzat, Viña Cobos, Bodega Melipal, Bodega Bressia
Bodega Matias Riccitelli
Matías and his sister, Veronica began a boutique wine project, working to shake-up the Mendoza wine industry with their dynamic, non-traditional reds and hip label artwork.
Winemaker: Matías Riccitelli, a 4th generation winemaker
Tour Experience: Our visit focused on the winemaking process and how it varied for the different grapes and entry-level versus the iconic brand.
Tour Times: Monday-Friday; @ 9:30am, 11:00am, 3:00pm, and 4:30pm
Tour Languages: (known) Spanish, English
Price: AR $175 per person
Contact for Reservation: Veronica Riccitelli | email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nearby: Bodega Lagarde’s Restaurant Fogón
Notes: on-site restaurant coming in 2018!
Domaine St. Diego
The Mendoza family (no affiliation with the city) owns this micro-winery, proudly working their land to grow high-quality grapes for their wines.
Winemakers: Angel Mendoza, Lucas N. Mendoza
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/DomaineSt.Diego/
Tour Experience: Our tour focused on the training of the vines, growing of the grapes, the unique irrigation of the region and the harvest process. Allow 1.5-2 hours as you will really enjoy learning and asking questions about it!
Tour Times: unlisted; hours of operation are Monday-Friday between 8:00am-1:00pm, 2:00-4:00pm; Saturday 8:00am-1:00pm
Tour Languages: Spanish, English
Price: AR $160 per person
Contact for Reservation: Laura Mendoza | email: email@example.com
Nearby: Club Tapiz Restó, Casa El Enemigo
The Bressia family produces an extensive line up of delicious whites, rosés, reds, sparkling wines and grappa.
Winemaker: Walter Bressia
Tour Experience: Our visit focused on the history of the winery and a full description of each wine with helpful tasting notes.
Tour Times: unlisted; for reference, we visited on a weekday at 11:00am
Tour Languages: (known) Spanish, English
Price: AR $150-$450 depending which line of wine-tasting or possibly less if selecting individual wine(s)
Contact for Reservation: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nearby: Bodega Melipal, Viña Cobos, Bodega Cruzat, Bodega Matervini, Bodega Renacer, Achaval-Ferrer, Pulenta Estate
Other recommendations of wineries we haven’t personally visited, but were highly recommended to us:
Note: the tour/tasting costs may vary from the ones above that we personally tried.
Recommended to us because they have great wines that are of good value.
Winemakers: Pulenta Family
Tour Times: unlisted; hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm; Sat 9:00am-1:00pm
Contact for Reservation: email@example.com
Nearby: Bodega Bressia, Bodega Melipal, Viña Cobos
Recommended to us because they have excellent sparkling wines.
Winemakers: Pedro Rosell & Lorena Mulet
Tour Times: Monday-Saturday (including holidays), @ 9:30am, 11:30am, 3:00pm (15:00)
Contact for Reservation: http://bodegacruzat.com/visits/
Nearby: Achaval-Ferrer, Bodega Matervini, Bodega Renacer, Viña Cobos, Bodega Melipal, Bodega Bressia
Recommended to us by another winemaker due to their extremely high-quality wines and renown American winemaker.
Winemaker: Paul Hobbs
Tour times: 9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm (15:00); days of week are unlisted
Tour Languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese
Contact for Reservation: http://vinacobos.com/en/visits/
Nearby: Bodega Melipal, Bodega Bressia, Bodega Cruzat, Bodega Matervini, Achaval-Ferrer, Bodega Renacer
Note: the tastings are significantly more expensive due to the high-end nature of the wines
We learned of this winery during our visit to Achaval-Ferrer because it is a separate wine project (next door) by Santiago Achával and Roberto Cipresso.
Winemakers: Santiago Achával and Roberto Cipresso
Tour Times: Monday-Saturday, @ 9:30am, 11:30am, 3:00pm (tours take 90 minutes)
Contact for Reservation: www.matervini.com/en/visit-us
Nearby: Achaval-Ferrer, Bodega Cruzat, Bodega Renacer, Viña Cobos, Bodega Melipal, Bodega Bressia
Note: the winery is run on 100% solar energy
Restaurants in the Area
Club Tapiz Restó
A “simple and fresh seasonal menu” of 3- and 5- courses, with products from their farm and organic garden. We enjoyed a 3-course lunch with classic wine pairing here and would highly recommend to others for its quality, service, and value.
Chef: Soledad Nardelli
Lunch Times: Monday-Sunday; 12:30pm-2:30pm (12:30-14:30)
Dinner Times: Monday-Sunday; 8:30pm-10:30pm (20:30-22:30)
Price: AR $650 – AR $990 per person depending on your choice of 3- and 5- courses with or without wine pairing
Contact for Reservation: www.club-tapiz.com.ar/restaurante-club-tapiz/recetas
Nearby: Domaine St. Diego
Bodega Renacer – winery + restaurant
The restaurant offers a beautiful setting and a 2-, 3-, or 6-course tasting menu using seasonal products from the region (3- and 6-course menus offer wine pairings).
Chef: Sebastian Weigandt
Lunch Times: Monday-Sunday; 12:00pm-~5:30pm
Price: AR $550 – AR $1,100 per person depending on your choice of 2-, 3-, and 6- courses with or without wine pairing
Contact for Reservation: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nearby: Achaval-Ferrer, Bodega Matervini, Bodega Cruzat, Viña Cobos, Bodega Bressia
Other recommendations of restaurants we haven’t personally tried, but were highly recommended to us:
Casa El Enemigo (a.k.a. Casa Vigil)- winery + restaurant
An Argentinian Asado (BBQ restaurant) serving El Enemigo wines.
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/casaElEnemigo/
Meal Times: Monday-Saturday @ 9:30am-6:00pm; Sunday @ 9:30am-1:00pm
Price: they offer a tour/lunch/tasting for AR ~$890 per person
Contact for Reservation: email@example.com or +54 261 413-9178
Nearby: Domaine St. Diego
Note: the restaurant where they accept visitors is located at Videla Aranda 7008, Maipú, Mendoza 5509
Bodega Melipal – winery + restaurant
According to our friends ‘in the know’, this is one of the best meals in the area. Yes, it’s one of the priciest, but they say it’s totally worth it.
Chef: Lucas Bustos
Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday for lunch
Price: a 5-6 course meal with wine pairing and tour is around AR $1,200 per person
Contact for Reservation: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nearby: Viña Cobos, Bodega Bressia, Bodega Cruzat, Bodega Matervini, Achaval-Ferrer
Bodega Lagarde’s Restaurant Fogón – winery + restaurant
We’ve had a few friends and a local tourism expert recently say that Lagarde is producing a very high-quality lunch that will excite.
Lunch Time: Monday-Friday @ 12:30pm TBC
Price: a 3- to 4-course lunch with wine pairing is around AR $810 per person
Contact for Reservation: email@example.com
Nearby: Bodega Matias Riccitelli
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Read Next: For more information on Mendoza, Malbec, the tour experience, details on trip costs and how to go about planning your accommodations, transportation, and meals, visit our post ‘Mendoza: What You Need to Know to Plan a Wine Trip.’
Do you have any excellent boutique wineries in Luján de Cuyo or Lunlunta districts of Mendoza to add to this list? Please comment below!
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