Wine tour with Lunch at Casa Vigil Experience

Enjoy a culinary proposal now included in the Michelin Voyage guide.


Located in Chachingo, Maipú, only half an hour away from the city of Mendoza, Casa Vigil has been rewarded with many different international recognitions, and it was distinguished not only for the great preparations you will find on its menu to pair its wines, but also for its originality and local art exhibit. “An attractive and atypical place”, is one of the reviews of the Michelin Voyage guide.

With so many good reviews, surely you´re curious and eager to see and taste for yourself what all this is about. This is definitely an experience that you can’t miss on your visit to Mendoza.

When in town, you will be picked up from your hotel and visit 2 important wine cellars that we will carefully choose for you, before the end of the experience in Casa Vigil, where you’ll visit the cellar where El Enemigo and El Gran Enemigo are made. Alejandro Vigil and his wife Maria live next door, so it is common that he can step in and say hello to all the people who attend the restaurant.   

Alejandro Vigil is one of the most prestigious winemakers in Argentina. He has been the main enologist and technical director at Catena Zapata Vineyards for a long time. A few years ago, he started working with Laura Catena and created his own brand, called Aleanna Winery, and introduced to the world his own creation: “El Enemigo”. From its very first impression, the name symbolizes the opposite to the other wine producers that want to join the idea of wine and friendship. However, the creative name given to this wine  “The Enemy” has conquered the market, and broke all the records on the most distinguished review magazines. 

He is passionate for the grapevines, the beautifully designed labels, the bottles, all done under his careful supervision. And the same passion is reflected in his own restaurant: Casa Vigil (formerly called El Enemigo), where his guests can savour exquisite local cuisine and its emblem wine.

The visit includes an exquisite gourmet lunch and of course, you won´t leave without tasting some of the house´s internationally prized wines, joined by one of the best wine experts in the world: the staff will guide you through a “Great Enemy” wine tasting experience. 

 


 

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Lunch with “El Enemigo” menu with the seven labels of “El Enemigo”.
  • Min. 2 pax required
  • Tour with a total of 3 wine cellars ending in Casa Vigil.
  • Included: Round-trip transportation to and from the wineries – “Gran Enemigo” wine tasting experience – 4 step lunch with wines included.
  • Not included: Tips – Accommodation – Extra wine tastings – Guide.

Magic nights in El Esteco Winery

If you are looking for new experiences, you can discover a prestigious wine cellar in Cafayate from a different perspective… under a different light.


When the lights go out and the sky lights up, El Esteco Winery opens its doors and invites you to a tour under the glow of the stars. Guided  by an expert you will learn about the winemaking process of this distinguished and well established wine brand in Argentina and taste some of the best wines produced in El Esteco Terroir. 

As the magic hour between dusk and twilight approaches you will be invited to walk through the vineyards. As you go along,  enjoy the sweet fragrance of the grapes, feel the gentle breeze on your face, immerse yourself in the silence of the night and connect with the nature that surrounds you.

The great surprise of this experience awaits you as you arrive at a place among the vineyards  where a bonfire has been lit for this special  occasion. Enjoy this magic moment while you taste a selection of local cuisine paired with the best wines that El Esteco Winery has to offer.

A night to remember!

Exclusive activity, available between the months of October and March. Prior reservation is required. 

 

Wine, romantic dinner and relax in the Uco Valley

We believe that Mendoza is one of the most romantic places in Argentina. From its picturesque city to the backdrop of the Andes mountains and the vineyards, Mendoza charms with its beauty. 


An ideal spot for couples in Mendoza is the Uco Valley in Tunuyán, where we find the Casa de Uco Vineyards & Wine Resort right beside the mighty Andes Mountains, a boutique winery set on 320 hectares of lush green land.

The essence of the hotel, an impressive structure inspired by the geography of the land and its natural surroundings, strives to provide the utmost level of comfort while still blending with the mountains, vineyards, and clear blue skies.

Year round, the resort offers different programs and activities to enjoy the valley to its fullest; the perfect balance between adventure and relaxation. 

For a romantic 3-night getaway, we recommend the Wine & Relax Special Program, to experience life on the vineyard trying the best wines and gastronomy of the Uco Valley, and indulging in relaxing spa and massage treatments, overlooking breathtaking mountain and vineyard views. Along the stay, the program includes breakfast à la carte, wine tastings and vineyard visits, a barbecue and a picnic, a cocktail class, a visit to some wineries in the surrounding and a massage service followed by a romantic dinner. 

Besides, the hotel has designed a range of exciting activities that center around the incredible landscape. Guests can bask alongside the infinity pool, play tennis, horseback ride through the vineyard, go on bike or trekking excursions, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, or explore the ecological reserve and mountains. Also available for the adrenaline fans: paragliding, rafting and mountain biking in the Andes. 

There are also a range of indoor activities like Argentine cooking classes taught by their award-winning kitchen staff, olive oil tastings, and wine tastings led by the house sommelier who gives an insider’s look into some of the best wines of Mendoza.

The Uco Valley is the most sought out wine region in all of Argentina, and Casa de Uco Vineyards and Wine Resort makes for the ideal home base to discover the wonders of the area and Mendoza wine country. Couples leave not only knowing much more about wine but also super relaxed and more in love than ever!


 

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.