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Hotel Esplandor Arena by Wyndham
G E T T I N G T H E R E
Ready to explore Mendoza with me? From Canada, Mendoza is connected via Panama, the hub of the Americas with Copa Airlines, operating for over 70 years now and recognized as the most punctual airline in Latin America, win! On board and in business class, you’ll enjoy a splendid meal service including premium wines and cuisine. Daily departures from Montreal and Toronto and you can book your next adventure here.
F A C T S A B O U T M E N D O Z A
Mendoza is the 3rd biggest province of Argentina and well known as the land of wine and sunshine. The city of Mendoza is a desert with a semi-arid weather and in average, a blessed temperature throughout the year. Our visit was at the end of Winter and beginning of Spring where you can see how Malbec vines start to bloom, and more than 150 wineries or bodegas plan their next production.
D A Y O N E I N M E N D O Z A
Who else is a fan of traveling somewhere with a detailed itinerary of the must-spots you need to check? right? To spoil you a bit, I created the best of Mendoza in 48 hours including what to do, where to explore and what to try. Be ready, and bring your appetite!
HAVE LUNCH AT ENTRECIELOS
Live your best life at Entrecielos, a luxury wine hotel and spa with a splendid view of the Andes mountains, the Malbec vines, and a one-of-a-kind quiet lunch that will impress you. BEST way to start your Mendoza adventures.
Where: 1998, Guardia Vieja, Mendoza
Awards: Tripadvisor 2017 travellers choice, Small luxury hotels of the world, Mr & Mrs Smith.
|ENJOY THE SUNSET AT HOTEL POTRERILLOSAn institution and a Mendoza tradition, Hotel Potrerillos has been around since 1942, with only 34 modern and cozy rooms with a prime view of the Andes mountains, a breathtaking spot of what Argentina is all about, a mix of a wonderful stunning nature and the wonderful staff that will treat you with fresh empanadas and their house wine. Potrerillos, 69km away from the city center is well known for outdoor activities any season, from ski, trekking, horseback riding and a lot more. We enjoyed a great local Malbec and the beautiful sunset facing the mountains.Where: Ruta Nacional N 7, Km 50, Lujan de CuyoAwards: Best of Mendoza’s wine tourism 2018, Tripadvisor recommendedHAVE DINNER AT ESPACIO TRAPICHE My favorite bodega and activity during our stay in Mendoza. I’ve been a big fan of Trapiche wines for a few years now and visiting their home was simply a dream come true. Hosted by the wonderful Chef Lucas Bustos, this night was one for the books. Little did I know most bodegas in Mendoza have their own farm, their own produce and the concept is from the farm to your table. The menu included a 4 service meal that impressed me from start to finish, where I prepared my own beet soup, had an apple ricotta bruschetta served on a warm rock and almost cried with a perfectly well-made filet mignon paired with a perfect Malbec I’ll never forget. Argentinian steak and wine produce aren’t a joke, friends.Where: Nueva Mayorga, s/n, Maipu MendozaAwards: Argentina’s wine producer of the year, Impact Magazine’s hot brand|
D A Y T W O I N M E N D O Z A
START YOUR DAY WITH A CITY TOUR
|EXPERIENCE THE OLDEST WINERY IN MENDOZA AND ITS EXQUISITE MENUBodega Lagarde planted the first Malbec vine back in 1897 and nowadays, creates an exceptional experience with a sustainable land, wine, and menu, making Mendoza a top-notch destination for wine lovers. Lagarde is a major producer of sustainable wine with eco-friendly bottles, including a brand new organic line and with a philosophy to achieve only the best produce of Mendoza. The visit starts with a tour of the bodega, explaining how they produce each bottle including tastings along the way and finishing with a gastronomic experience at the Fogon Restaurant. The pairing menu will change each season designed based on the local produce and the local Mendocino cuisine, hello fresh veggies, fresh olive oil and fresh meat!Where: 1745 San Martin, Mayor Drummond, Lujan de Cuyo MendozaAwards: Parker’s Wine advocate awards on several wines (up to 94 points on the Malbec 2015)EXPLORE THE ARGENTINIAN OLIVE OIL PRODUCTIONDid you know that Mendoza has a vast Italian and French influence, making them pioneers of Olive Oil production in Latin America? Laur is one of the oldest producers in Mendoza and they have been around since 1900. We saw the manual and old process that now serves as a museum and tour for visitors and local Mendocinos. Laur produces ultra premium olive oil and you can even visit all their olive trees, taste them and see how they manufacture each bottle. Aceto is their recent adventure since 2013, and the balsamic I’ve tried in here was out of this world. If you’re a fan of olives like this mama over here, this tour is made for you!Where: Videla Aranda 2850, Cruz de Pidra, Maipu MendozaTour: You’ll start with a 100-year old olive trees tour followed by the museum and finishing the current factory. Yes, you’ll try each oil and each balsamic at the end of the tour and I even bought a few goodies that I brought back home.|
|FINISH YOUR VISIT WITH LA CREME DE LA CREME, CASA EL ENEMIGOIf you say Alejandro Vigil in Argentina, you’ll get an immediate standing ovation. Founder, enfant terrible, father and terroir lover of El Enemigo, he is the highest rate holder even given to an Argentinian wine producer, awarded by Parker’s Wines, the most trusted wine authority in wine. The visit will include a tour of the property (where Alejandro lives), all inspired by Dante’s Inferno. The winery produces sustainable wines from white, red and sparkling during the year, and everything about this place has been carefully thought including the dining experience. You’ll try at least 8 wines including the new Cabernet Franc and including the 99 Parker’s selection, followed by a full 4-course menu paired with each wine. Meeting Alejandro that night was splendid, and we ended up walking through his tiles, backyard and Malbec vines, telling each other jokes, Argentinian style.Where: Videla Aranda 7008, Maipu MendozaAwards: Several Parker’s Wines 2018|
|Remember the apple ricotta appetizer story? Well, this is it.|
|Gotta love a good Malbec, thank you for the best night, Trapiche team!|
|Beet risotto with fresh parmesan, all made with a local produce at Bodega Lagarde|
|And of course, I found some pretty tiles along the way.|
|God bless this ceviche, god bless.|
|This experience was in press trip hosted by Copa Airlines, all opinions expressed here are entirely mine.|