As we were in Mendoza with @vino_mar we left it all in her expert hands. This post will give an overview of the wineries we have visited together but I will also share a few words about what she saw separately.
When selecting which wineries to go to, the main aspects were: reviews (eg. from Decanter magazine), price range & distance from Mendoza. We had a car thus we had a decent marge of km we could cover. All the contacts can be found online, and everyone was very responsive. I will add the links to the websites for easier access :)
"In Lujan de Cuyo region. Although it has Chilean owners, our guide was local and was extremely enthusiastic to share his views on the Mendoza lifestyle, politics and wine industry. Fantastic round and fruity red wines. Whites include Sauvignon Blanc from grapes coming from the Casablanca region in Chile and a balanced oaked Chardonnay. The stylishly bottled salmon-coloured rosÃ© is from 20-year old Pinot Noir vineyards that give complex yet fresh flavours. This is first winery in Argentina to produce wine by drying its grape bunches for a few months before turning them into its Amarone-style blend Milamore, full of gentle jam flavours and velvet tannins." (Source: @vino_mar)
To me and not only this place was a disappointment. We booked lunch with the dinner & everything seemed to be rushed and only to be done. There was no enthusiasm. the reviews of the stake (for who had it) was good, but overall a place that is over priced and not worth the time.
"Besides its great selection of reds and whites, the visit to the bodega offers an interesting lesson of winemaking history in Argentina. The owner Susana Balbo is the most famous female winemaker of Argentina and the person who made the Torrontes grape famous outside the country. From the exquisite and intense Nosotros wines, to the more affordable Crios brand, the winery offers wines for every taste. Susana Balbo and her children, now part of the bodega themselves, like to experiment with wine-making methods: the use of concrete egg-shaped vessels for fermentation of the premium wines, amforas, and extremely large barrels. Here we signed up for a fun blending competition - a game offered by a number of bodegas - where two teams make their own blend of wine from different red varieties under the supervision of one of the wine-makers." (Source: @vino_mar)
Bonus: Bodega Lopez
I did not get to go to this place, but @vino_mar went and liked it. The biggest advantage is that it's super close to Mendoza.