You can stay in Mendoza, Argentina and visit wineries during the day, but it can mean a lot of driving to get out and back to where the vineyards are. Fortunately there are several luxury wine lodges in the prime Malbec region of South America, including the latest one we have reviewed: Casa de Uco.
The name, Casa de Uco Wine Resort & Vineyards, sums up what you’ll fine there. An upscale resort for dining, sleeping, and lounging by a swimming pool. Then vineyards you can tour (or even buy a piece of) and a range of wine tasting opportunities.
It was hard to choose photos for this one from our correspondent couple who visited. It’s such a striking architectural piece, against an Andes Mountains backdrop, that you could take 100 great photos to post. Divided into two main structures, the design “mixes polished concrete, wood, leather, stone, metal, bamboo, and lots and lots of glass to ensure that views of vineyards and mountains are available at almost every turn.”
There are two main structures. One houses 14 rooms, while another has the restaurant, spa, bar, and lounge room for reading and games.
The original rooms are in three categories: seven Cordón del Plata rooms that are basically the standards, six Laguna Suites facing an artificial lagoon that the birds love, and Master Suites that have two baths, a larger balcony, and space for a third person to sleep in the living room. All come with robes, slippers, heated bathroom floors, and a view. Each room also comes with a bottle of wine from Uco.
The latest addition to the property is a group of three blocky standalone villas that opened in 2018. Two of them are one-bedroom units larger than any of the regular suites and a two-bedroom, tw0-bath duplex one that’s as large as a house at 1,600 square feet. This one has its own heated plunge pool, while the other two have Jacuzzis with a view on the roof deck.
Meal time here is a real delight, run by a chef who worked under Francis Mallmann at one of Mendoza’s best restaurants. There’s a strong emphasis on local and organic ingredients and some aspects that are rather rare in Argentina, like real salads and legit croissants on the breakfast buffet. The property has its own vegetable garden, herb garden, and beehives for honey. The restaurant has won a Wine Spectator award for its wine offerings—it’s own and some well-chosen offerings for things not produced in this region.
You have access to the sauna and steam room even if you’re not booking a spa session, though you might want to get a treatment involving wine or grape seeds for the novelty if nothing else. There’s a small gym on site and you can take a ride through the countryside on furnished bikes. Other activities included in the rates are a horse ride through the vineyards and an archery class.
A winery tour is also included, with a tasting at the end after gaining a deeper understanding of what work goes into the bottles. Other tours and activities are available for a fee, including longer horseback rides and trekking.
If you want an Argentina winery experience that’s a bit deeper and immersive than a brief tour, this luxury resort will sear plenty of Argentine wine country experiences into your memory.
See our full review of Casa de Uco Wine Resort and Vineyards.