A sommelier’s guide to Mendoza’s historical wineries

While Argentina is considered a new kid on the wine-making block thanks to the Malbec boom of the past 20 years, in fact vitiviniculture is very much part of the country’s 205-year heritage.

Trapiche winery
Trapiche winery

Various bodegas were founded in the 19th century – and are still going strong. If you’re visiting prime wine country Mendoza, located at the foot of the Andes, drop by one of these old-school wineries for lunch or a tasting.

Lagarde Winery
Founded by Spanish immigrants in 1897, Lagarde remains a family-run winery and is managed by the third generation of the current owners, sisters Lucila and Sofía Pescarmona. Step back in time at the Luján de Cuyo bodega, home to centenarian Malbec vines, and dine at Entre Fuegos, Lagarde’s restaurant set in the impeccable 19th century manor house and its ample courtyard decorated with antique wine-making tools of the trade. If your budget doesn’t extend to the eclectic paired tasting menu, enjoy a classic wine flight of Altas Cumbres or Lagarde Malbecs.

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