A Building of Great Patrimonial Value
The 5 production vessels that today comprise Bodegas CARO were built by the illustrious winemaker Don Miguel Escorihuela, in Godoy Cruz.
In the 1880s, the arrival of many Italian and Spanish immigrants along with policies to support winemaking and the opening of a railway line between Mendoza and Buenos Aires participated in the development of a new production model betting on the production of wine in bulk. That explains the gigantic size of the winery, which had nothing less than seven production vessels and subterranean caverns in the shape of canyon vaults. The wide walls of stone and brick also housed fermentation tanks of more than 300 000 L. Something interesting to highlight is the cellars of this era were built without planes, which is why all tanks, doors and windows are of different sizes!
On the outside, the winery of neo-Roman and Spanish inspiration is visually very impressive. Its high walls of brick and mortar, with their moldings and rosettes in the ends are now part of the identity of Mendoza
The industrial buildings bought by Nicolás Catena and Baron Eric de Rothschild in 2003 were quite deteriorated, since they had not been used since the serious wine crisis of the 70s.
The walls were treated and conditioned and the typical walls of bricks appeared, giving back to the building its old splendor.
Since July 2017, tourists who visit us at night can admire the illuminated façade of the winery.
There is an agreement with the municipality of Godoy Cruz for the remodeling of the square Escorihuela, where we dream to organize tastings and other activities in the outdoors.
A warehouse dedicated to wine tourism
From 2013 begins the metamorphosis of one of the old upper warehouses in an extremely elegant space dedicated to wine tourism.
The nave, which opened to the public in March 2017, reflects the style of the Parisian bistros. Its recycled pinotea floor, its high mirrors, its bar and oak furniture of Nancy and its tables made of Carrara marble distill a little of the French spirit in the heart of Mendoza.
Here we receive day and night visits and we offer a great variety of tastings of our and some French wines of the Rothschild family.
In the evening, one can also sit at the bar to enjoy a glass of wine or Franco-Argentine style cheeses. The experience can be continued in the restaurant 1884 of the renowned chef Francis Mallmann, located on the same property.
Bodegas CARO - Cavas - Escalera del Barón - 2017
The walk through the underground caverns of brick of Bodegas CARO allows our visitors to experience a journey in time, to discover the rich history of the wine industry in Mendoza and its transformations.
One becomes aware there of the historical and cultural that is the wine for Mendoza. Looking at the size of an old fermentation basin of 1895, we understand what it meant to produce in bulk, as well as understand the qualitative change of the last decades when we see that the oak barrels that today inhabit the cavas were manufactured in the prestigious cooperage Château Lafite.
During the summer and spring, the tastings are made in these historic cellars, built between 1884 and 1895.