A few years back I did a popular post on the best wine lodges around Mendoza and it was a pretty short list. I need to update it. After a few years of big announcements and building, we’ve got a lot of new things to talk about in Argentina.
The long-awaited Vines of Mendoza is reality and it was worth the wait. Our reviewer Cathy Brown has seen a lot of hotels, lodges, and estancias in Argentina and she’s getting hard to impress. She couldn’t stop gushing about Vines though, from the service to the setting to the wine. Here’s her take on just the restaurant part:
When they decided to offer local cuisine which reflected the gaucho culture in the region, they paired up with none other than the acclaimed Francis Mallmann to create Siete Fuegos. Everything here is cooked by one of seven open flame cooking techniques which have been refined throughout 12,000 years of history. It is a place to gather for an idyllic meal of famous Argentine beef grilled to perfection, accompanied by inspired, colorful salads almost too pretty to want to eat, homemade bread still warm from the clay oven, and, of course, wine from the absurdly long wine list. A relaxed lunch or dinner at Siete Fuegos itself is worth the trip to the Vines — some say that this is Argentine asado at its finest.
Every aspect was designed to impress, including the large swimming pool with cabanas that you see at the top. There are just 22 places to sleep here and let’s not call them “rooms.” The smallest villa is more than 1,000 square feet and the largest is bigger than the average U.S. home. All have decks and balconies with a view of the grapevines and Andes Mountains from outside and through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Some have fireplaces for cool weather and private stone swimming pools for hot.
Your concierge will set up activities that are as sedate or heart-pumping if you would like, tasting wine and cooking here, cycling or horseback riding nearby, or taking an excursion to go rafting. Naturally there’s a well-equipped spa and also an elevated gym with a view.
Rates start at $850 a night, so you certainly won’t be rubbing shoulders with the masses. You can name drop winemaker Santiago Achaval, talk about 1,500 acres of grapes, and take your pick of 100 wines by the glass. Our reviewer describes the feel here though as “prestigious, but never pretentious.” For those who want to enjoy good wine without being a wine snob and to soak up the winery atmosphere while still having plenty to do besides eat and drink, Vines of Mendoza is a great new choice in the land of Malbec.
See our full review of Wines of Mendoza in Argentina.