Remember I mentioned that planning our Mendoza wine country visit involved a spreadsheet? When you only have two full days to visit a region packed with so many vineyards, figuring out the best routes and timings is an Excel-worthy task. But as soon as I stumbled across the Vines of Mendoza website, my life got a whole lot easier.
Vines of Mendoza is a fabulous tasting room in the heart of the city of Mendoza (they also have an outpost at the Hyatt). Since we had to drive past the city itself from the airport to our hotel out in the country, it seemed only logical to stop in for a flight of reserve wines on our way. Call it a little introduction to the Mendoza wine offerings.
Before we even arrived, I was a loyal fan. Their website features suggestions of where to taste in the different wine valleys around Mendoza, which narrowed down my options and helped me figure out the best route to take. Anything that saves me from comparing tour times and mapping out locations is a good thing in my book!
Upon arrival, my love only grew. Vines of Mendoza put us in our own private tasting room with the absolutely fabulous Cecilia as our sommelier guide. Girlfriend knew her stuff and was friendly and chatty to boot – the best possible combination.
Of course, it was really all about drinking our first of many Mendoza wines, and the selected bottles did not disappoint. We had a real range of origins, from a Pulenta creation – made by one of the brothers of the owner of Vistalba – to a high-brow garage wine done by a well-known winemaker in his free time. We even got to taste the result of Vines of Mendozas’ own project, where investors from around the world can buy their own acre and participate in coop winemaking where all the labor is taken care of by Vines of Mendoza. Tempting…
The reviews I found online said that Vines of Mendoza was an absolute must-see, and after my experience, I have to agree. No matter which vineyards you’re headed to, make sure to give yourself an extra hour in town to take advantage of the selection and wide experience on offer here. Next time, my family decided we want to go farther and participate in the blending lab program. Because bringing home a bottle of wine is always good, but bringing home a bottle of your own wine sounds even more fun.