TASTING NORTHERN WINE IN SALTA

A special location and terroir makes of this winery the first to harvest in the Calchaquí Valleys.


The winery Estancia Los Cardones is located in Tolombón, province of Salta. This is the northernmost wine-growing area in Argentina, located south of the city of Cafayate at 1,700 masl, located at the top of the eastern slope of the Calchaquí Valleys.

The facility, inaugurated in early 2017, was built entirely of stone extracted from the quarries of the same estate. In fact, if you look at the drawing of the walls in the cellar you can easily have a notion of the soil that makes up the vineyard.

We propose you to visit this particular winery taking a guided tour following the path that makes the grape until it becomes a wine that reflects the unique characteristics of this terroir of Tolombón.

Starting with the vineyards, we will learn everything about this peculiar soil. The terroir of Estancia Los Cardones is unique in the valleys as it is rocky, very shallow, with abundant chipped slate stone on the surface and full of disintegrated mica.

The mostly planted strain is the Malbec, however you can also find lots with Petit Verdot, Grenache, Cabernet and Marsanne.

Another curious fact that makes this winery special is that the orientation of the vineyards, the intense sun and the stony soil favour the earliest maturity of the grape, being the first farm to harvest in all the Calchaquí Valleys.

We will continue into the winery to learn about the production process and end up in the cellar, where we will take in how the wine is aged to become the exquisite final product.

To finish the visit, we will go to the tasting room to taste three wines from the winery and check on our own the characteristic flavor of this special terroir from the north.

The golden clasp, it is possible to enjoy a lunch with empanadas, barbecue and a regional dessert!


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Duration: 2-2.30 hours
  • Operates: Wednesday to Saturday from 10 to 18 hs (last tour at 17 hs). Sunday from 9 to 13 hs (last tour at 12 hs). Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • Includes: guided tour of the vineyard and winery facilities, wine tasting and lunch as described.
  • Not included: transfers.

 

REFINEMENT, NATURE & WINE IN MENDOZA

Live and breath wine culture in an unbeatable setting at the foothills of the Andes Mountains.


South of the capital of Mendoza, in the town of Tunuyán and located in a farm of 320 hectares at the foot of the Andes Mountain Range, Casa de Uco Vineyards & Wine Resort offers a high-end service with the warmth of the countryside and where wine and the vineyards are the protagonist.

The establishment stands out for a sleek minimalistic style with a modern edge that still pays the utmost respect to the land, in a valley that has the Andes as an imposing backdrop. Stones from San Rafael, hardwoods, custom furniture and lots of natural light characterize the construction, which houses seven rooms and nine suites, in addition to three recently opened private villas, all very spacious and fully equipped.

In this spectacular Andean resort, gastronomy plays a central role. The menu of its restaurant is a faithful reflection of local haute cuisine, incorporating organic vegetables, local seasonal products and the best wines of the Uco Valley.

Casa de Uco offers the perfect balance between adventure and relaxation, with activities tailored to each guest, all centered around the incredible landscape, vineyards and mountains. 

Depending on the season and climate, you can take advantage of all the services and facilities on the farm. Nature reigns throughout its length and can be enjoyed trekking or horseback riding at the foot of the mountain range, or cycling through the vineyards. It is also possible to play tennis, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, or explore the ecological reserve and mountains.

You can’t miss a relaxing visit to the spa to enjoy a massage session, special treatments based on vines and hydrotherapy, saunas, dry and steam baths. Outside, an infinity pool with jacuzzi and solarium, spread over the lagoons, invites you to pleasant baths with endless landscape postcards.

Indoors, you can complement your experience with cooking lessons and wine tastings held by the expert staff. The estate is outfitted with an exclusive boutique winery, to which guests are invited to live authentic wine experiences. With a keen eye for vanguard design and crafted with the latest in modern technology, the winery includes state of the art equipment for wine production, harvesting, and creating fine wines. 

At the foundational soul of the resort, the underground wine cava, which stores an impressive selection of some of the best wines in the region, you can ́t miss a special wine tasting led by an expert sommelier. Learn about the entire winemaking process, from planting to final product, knowing the vineyards and winery facilities. The “backstage” of wine.

Casa de Uco Vineyards & Wine Resort offers a relaxing ambiance radiating sophistication and comfort, created to relish the unbeatable panoramic views.


GENERAL INFORMATION

Rates include: 

  • Breakfast À la carte in the restaurant.
  • Wi-Fi.
  • Mini-bar with 2 non-alcoholic drinks per room per day.
  • Nespresso coffee and 2 capsules per room per day and a selection of snacks from Mendoza. 
  • Biking and horseback riding in the property. 
  • Use of tennis court, bows and arrows.
  • Use of Uco Spa, outdoor pool and heated external jacuzzi, exercise room. 

Optionals: Guided tour and wine tasting at Casa de Uco Winery, trekking, Cooking lessons among other activities

It is possible to add half or full board supplement for an additional cost.

 

COOKING CLASS AT A RESTAURANT IN MENDOZA

While visiting the land of vineyards, you can’t miss the chance to take a cooking lesson in the hands of a professional at a local restaurant.

Learn how to prepare traditional dishes while tasting some wine, enjoy a nice talk and have a delicious three course dinner made by yourself.

Contact us for rates and more information.


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Three course meal and wine included.
  • Available every day of the week.
  • Duration: 3 hs (from 7 to 9 pm).
  • From 2 to 6 guests.
  • Restaurant and menu may vary.

 

CULTURAL EXCHANGE IN MENDOZA

We bring you the latest tourism and cultural project in the province of Mendoza that has already captivated locals and foreigners for almost a year.


To the wide spectrum of experiences that take place in Mendoza in the mountain and wine tourism areas, an original alternative has been added: to visit the desert and to meet native people. This full day excursion allows you to meet and interact with descendants of the Huarpes, visit the Altos Limpios and the Bosques Teltecas reserve, as well as enjoy a lunch served in a typical rustic home of the community.

From our hotel, we will start our journey going east towards La Asunción, in the town of Lavalle. On the way, we will stop for a short hike through the Altos Limpios -with Sahara desert like dunes- and the Teltecas Reserve, crossing its native forests of carob trees and observing characteristic fauna while we appreciate the great desert that is Mendoza.

We will continue our trip to La Asunción; a town inhabited by descendants of native people who practice ancestral rites and traditional celebrations according to their culture, fused with the influence of Spanish religious missions.

The Huarpes were located in the provinces of San Juan, San Luis and Mendoza in the mid-sixteenth century. They were a polytheistic community; they worshiped the sun and the stars, the moon and the lightning, the hills and the river. Currently, in Mendoza there are eleven Huarpe communities that preserve and exhibit their culture, beliefs, traditions and productive and handicraft activities. Here in La Asunción, we will learn more about them.

We will visit a family from the community, who will be waiting for us with the lunch ready: homemade empanadas, bread and chivito (goat), all cooked in the external clay oven.

After lunch, those who want to be part of an interesting cultural exchange, will be able to participate in a small workshop of loom and leather crafts to learn the different techniques and go home with a souvenir made by themselves. 

The crafts of the Huarpes are characterized by not using chemicals. Artisanal spinning, leather goods, pottery and the manufacture of bovine or goat leather footwear, in addition to hand work such as knitting with sheep or rabbit wool.

This is a unique and authentic opportunity to get closer to the history and present of these original inhabitants and their traditions; to experience a different side of Mendoza.

For more information, please contact your Kallpa Tour coordinator.


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • 9 hs private excursion.
  • Departure time at 8 am. Estimated arrival time at 5 pm.
  • Includes: Vehicle, bilingual guide, technical equipment, snack, regional lunch/gourmet tasting lunch.