Mendoza Food and Wine
Posted 07 August 2009 - 02:12 PM
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Posted 13 June 2010 - 08:06 PM
I'm an absolute Argentine wine nut, having tasted and reviewed over 100 wines and visited about fifteen wineries.
For the best winery to visit, I'd definitely recommend Achaval Ferrer. He makes probably the most "exclusive" and well-known Malbecs in the country (in fact, 3 of his 5 wines are icon-level Malbecs), but the reason to go isn't really for the tasting, since sometimes you might be stuck with a barrel tasting of a wine that isn't even finished yet. Instead, it's probably the most interesting and tourist friendly, with guides who give a ton of detail.
My second winery recommendation would be Bressia, by far my favorite winery in the country. Every single one of its wines is amazing, and the winnery produces my favorite Argentine wine of all time, the Conjuro 2005. I never had the chance to visit the winery itself, but I've never had a bad experience with Bressia, and it just came out with its Ultima Hoja, the second most expensive Argentine wine ever, with only 800 bottles produced. If you want "the" wine in Argentina, that's probably the rarest and best to get.
Finally, I'd recommend Familia Zuccardi, which is kind of off-the-beaten-track, but which is one of the biggest producers of Argentine wine in the country and probably has the most accessible wine tasting. You can even have a whole meal as an optional extra.
In terms of restaurant, you MUST visit La Bourgogne, probably the best restaurant in the whole country. It's located right in the Vistalba winery, which doesn't have a great tasting but is an amazing place to dine at. I'd also recommend O'Fournier, which has probably the most elaborate wine pairing, pairing all levels of its wines with five different courses.
Hope that helps!
Food and Wine Blogger
Posted 22 February 2011 - 12:31 PM
The first on my list is Restaurante 1884. Francis Mallmann, the chef, is an iconic argentinian cook, and this place, inside Escorihuela winery is gorgeous!
I'd also recommend Cavas Wine Lodge for a visit. If you have the money and make the reservations with time, you can also stay at one of their few cabins. The food is great, and the ambience couldn't be better.
Finally, La Marchigiana is a traditional argentinian-italian restaurant. Very rustic, and not at all spectacular. But I did like the pasta there.
Sorry I didn't see this post earlier, and I hope it helps somebody!