Hotels on the Grapevine
Taking advantage of the wine boom, many Argentine bodegas now boast their own hotels, where wine aficionados can spend an entire vacation sipping the malbec with gourmet food at lunch and dinner.
RP 53 Km 20, Molinos
In one of world’s highest, most isolated vineyards, Swiss winemaker Donald Hess has built an elegant, unpretentious hotel that has put the Salta Province backwater of Molinos on the map.
Emilio Civit 778, Mendoza
In the Uco Valley, about 100 kilometers south of Mendoza, Salentein enjoys an idyllic tranquility and it offers accommodations among its merlot and pinot noir vines.
Roque Saenz Peña 3531, Mendoza
On the grounds of Carlos Pulenta’s Bodega Vistalba, in Luján de Cuyo just south of Mendoza, La Posada could hardly be more exclusive — there are just two sprawling suites. Celebrity chef Jean-Paul Bondoux’s La Bourgogne restaurant serves lunch here.
Pedro Molina s/n, Ruta 60 Km 2.5, Maipú
On the Maipú wine district’s western edge, just across the highway from Luján de Cuyo, Tapiz’s vineyards surround a 19th-century Renaissance residence transformed into a stylish seven-room guesthouse with subterranean tasting room.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Argentina, 3rd edition