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What often strikes me most about Argentina are the endless skies. Of course there is the same quantity of sky as everywhere else in the world, but the view in so many parts of Argentina - and most especially in the wine region of Mendoza - is so divinely uninterrupted. The horizon is long and distant, with only the Andes mountains as a frame.
That mountainous frame provides a perfect backdrop for a sunset: when a paintbox of pink and golden colours are dramatically spilt and stained all over the wide, sky canvas. Now imagine watching that sunset with a glass of wine - or a glass of bubbly - in hand, sat on a comfy sofa on a rooftop overlooking rows upon rows of vines down below. With a fireplace by your side, its orange glow becomes brighter as the sunset sky gives way to darkness and a blanket of a billion stars.
Rosell Boher Lodge has hit the nail on the head when it comes to taking advantage of Mendoza’s beautiful vineyard vistas and mesmerising sunsets. Each individual lodge has its own rooftop deck with sofas, sun-loungers, a wood-burning fireplace and a warm, bubbling jacuzzi. It’s a slice of wine country heaven.
I guess you wouldn’t expect anything less from one of the top sparkling wine producers in Argentina. Making all traditional-method sparkling wine, Rosell Boher has been synonymous with luxury since it started making great fizz in 1999.
Excellent sparkling wine is one of the best-kept secrets of Mendoza. Yes, everyone knows that there’s fantastic Malbec, but Mendoza also makes wonderful fizz! Rosell Boher’s bubbly is all made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes in the champenoise-method, respecting the traditions of Champagne. And their very top bottle would certainly qualify for a world class bottle of bubbly, after spending 70 months on the lees!
The hotel is a new addition for the sparkling wine producer, and just opened its doors recently. It has already charmed and impressed numerous guests and was selected as the gold winner of Best Mendoza Accommodation in the Great Wine Capitals Awards this year.
It is not only the architecture that makes it an attractive option in Argentina’s wine capital, but also its great location. Nestled amongst the vineyards of Agrelo, the lodge is ideal for winery-hopping in Lujan de Cuyo with several boutique and traditional wineries within a short drive. The lodge is also en-route to the Uco Valley, and Mendoza’s up-and-coming wine region is just 30 minutes drive away.
After spending the day wine tasting and touring the local bodegas, the lodge offers a comfortable bed to rest your head in the new, spacious and modern rooms. However with 330 days of sunshine and clear night skies each year, I’ll bet you’ll find it hard to pull yourself away from the spectacular views on the rooftop! It’s an ideal spot to drink in the landscape and enjoy a magical moment in Argentine wine country.
By Amanda Barnes