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The latest edition of the Best Of Wine Tourism Awards highlights some of Mendoza’s most exciting wine and tourism attractions. Make sure to add these places to your bucket list for a visit in 2019.
Casa Vigil: Mendoza Best of Wine Tourism Winner
Casa Vigil took home two Awards last year, for best restaurant and sustainability, and so it is no surprise that it went on to win not only another award in Mendoza - but this time a global award! Recognised for its commitment to ‘Art and Culture’, Casa Vigil was crowned as the global winner earlier this month.
This family winery with a cellar and restaurant opens up into a magical world where wine and literature blend to recreate the story of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Owned by internationally-acclaimed winemaker Alejandro Vigil, the winery includes a non-conventional art gallery. Three rooms with connecting tunnels lead the way to the Inferno, a provocative and seductive place filled with wine barrels and art pieces. While art is permanently on display at Casa Vigil, there are also several temporary exhibitions which attract some 25,000 people annually and offers a great platform for local artists to promote and sell their work. On a more grassroots level, Casa Vigil also invites local artists to offer workshops to children as part of their sustainable community plan.
Sheraton: Accommodation winner
The Sheraton hotel is right in the heart of Mendoza city centre, offering 5-star services on the doorstep of Mendoza’s main city attractions. It’s a worthy winner of the Accommodation category in Mendoza and has frequent artistic and wine events throughout the year to fully immerse guests into the local culture.
Rosell Boher Lodge: Architecture and Landscape
This year’s architecture and landscape award was scooped by the handsome Rosell Boher wine lodges in the middle of Lujan’s wine region. Stone-walled luxury villas sit on top of an artificial lake surrounded by vineyards. The rooftop terraces offer the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sun set behind the Andes mountains as the colourful sky is reflected on the still water below. The sensitive architecture and landscaping takes full advantage of the outstanding natural landscape of Mendoza’s wine regions.
ALMAlbec: Innovative Wine Tourism Experience
ALMAlbec (meaning Soul + Malbec) is an food and wine festival to celebrateMalbec World Day (April 17th). Although Malbec World Day is just one day, ALMAlbec lasts for three weeks in order to give everyone a chance to linger over Malbec a little longer. The festival is divided in two main activities: the ‘Restaurant Tour’ in which wineries and restaurants collaborate to offer a special Malbec pairing menus, and a ‘Calendar of Events’ during the festival which includeswine fairs, fundraising evenings, special dinners, lectures and tastings.
Espacio Trapiche: Winery Restaurant
Espacio Trapiche is the modern restaurant at the historic 1912 winery in Maipù, Mendoza. It is here where the gastronomy of renowned local chef Lucas Bustos and the wines of Trapiche’s acclaimed winemaker Daniel Pi collide in one delicious experience. A wine-paired tasting menu accompanies local and seasonal cuisine.
Domaine Bousquet: Sustainability
The Bousquet family came from Carcassonne in France to Mendoza in Argentina back in 1997 to unite the European winemaking tradition with the ideal conditions found in the New World. They were one of the first and few organic wine producers at the time and continue to manage their vineyards organically, respecting the special environment they found in Tupungato in the Uco Valley.
Vinos y Placeres: Wine Tourism Service
“Vinos y Placeres" is an informative, educational and entertaining television program focused on Argentina’s wine industry and, in particular, Mendoza.The TV show started in 2011 and brings wine culture to the viewer through its weekly broadcasts in Mendoza and across Argentina. In 2018, "Vinos y Placeres" was selected to be broadcasted by Telefe International to more than 150 countries including Spain, Israel and Australia taking this wine capital to the screens of viewers worldwide.
By Amanda Barnes