Almost 14% of the red grape planted in Argentina is Malbec, which is the emblem of the Argentinean wine! 72% of the Malbec in the world is planted in Argentina (20% in France) : It originally comes from the Charente region in France and Malbec means in old French “bad mouth”! There over 100 names to call the Malbec grape in France and the most common one is the “côt” and “auxerrois”. It was imported in Argentina in the mid XIX by the French Professor Pouget.
During your stay in Mendoza, we would like to make you taste the Best Malbec of Mendoza! We will organize a one day tour with private driver and professional bilingual guide who will take you to the wineries making the best Malbec in Mendoza!
In the morning, at around 9.00 am we pick you up from your hotel to drive towards our first winery Bressia, which is a small family winery that managed each phase of production, vinification and communication with the utmost care and pride, fully convinced that they offered the best that the family could produce. The projects comes back to 2003 when Walter Bressia decided to realize his dream! He believes in the concept of minimal human intervention supported by the right technology to make all their wines! They produce sparkling wine, grappa but their outmost wine is the Malbec!
We will taste from the stainless still tanks, from the barrel and then from the bottle so that you can have an idea of the evolution of wine through its process! We will taste the Monteagrelo Bressia Malbec. In 2006 it received 91 point by the Wine Advocate
Then we will visit the winery Viña Cobos. The Cobos wines are the ultimate expressions of power and finesse; "true north" and the founding inspiration for Viña Cobos the portfolio. The name of the winery comes from Juan Francisco Cobos, who introduced poplar trees to Mendoza to develop windbreaks for farming in the early 1800´s. The Marchiori vineyard is located on Cobos street and is the origin of the winery name. The wines of Viña Cobos are the result of a shared vision inspired by the passion of American winemaker Paul Hobbs and Argentine winemaking partners Andrea Marchiori and Luis Barraud to produce expressive, world-class wines with a true sense of place. After the visit of the winery we will taste 5 Malbec
1 wine from the Felino line which is the most sophisticated wine of the winery: and it carries a deep magenta hue and aromas of dark berries and anise. Wine Advocate 91pts 2007
4 wines from the Bramare line (brah-MAH-reh): Bramare is an Italian word meaning to yearn for. This name embodies the desire to produce expressive, world-class wines with a true sense of place, and pays tribute to the Italian heritage of the Marchiori family. Bramare Marchiori Vineyard Wines are produced from slightly younger yet well-established blocks of the Marchiori Vineyard and exhibit structure, concentration, complexity, and refinement.
Bramare Appellation Lujan de Cuyo: Inky, dense violet in color, this Malbec offers a fine balance of poise and power - Wine Advocate 94pts 2006
Bramare Appellation Valle de Uco - it is a vibrant wine with impressive structure and concentration of flavour.
Bramare Vineyard designation – Marchiori Malbec: it exhibits a deep, dark violet hue. The nose is layered with aromas of blonde tobacco, ripe raspberries, cocoa powder and vanilla bean. Wine Advocate 96pts 2005 and 2006
Bramare Vineyard designation – Rebon Malbec: in mouth racy black berry and expresso flavours are followed by mouthfuls of Chambord and indigo fruits. The finished is balanced with acidity and firm tannins, creating a malbec of great finesse with a lingering expressionAfter these two fabulous wine tastings it will be time to have lunch! Each winery offers you a distinctive experience, and in Belasco de Baquedano you will have a unique experience: There is an aroma room where you can smell 46 different aromas from the wine such as tobacco, rose, vanilla until the defect aromas such as vinegar and cork! They have as well as small exhibition showing you where the cork comes from and how to make a cork! After this very instructive moment, we will go on the second floor of the winery to the restaurant from where we have a splendid view over the vineyards and the Andes and it will be time to start our 5 steps menu accompanied by the wines of Belasco: Malbec rose and Malbec from the winery, starting from Loan, Llama up, AR Guentota up to Swinto! Then it will be time to go back to Mendoza to your hotel a well deserved and typical nap called the “siesta”