Terrazas de los Andes
Foreign involvement in the wine industry of Argentina is nothing new, at least not in the last 20 years. Prior to that the vineyards of Mendoza might as well not have existed for most of the world.
Most of the world that is except the prestigious Champagne maker Moët et Chandon of France.
In the late 1950s Moët planted their first vineyards outside of the Champagne region of France, in the tiny hamlet of Luán de Cuyo, adjacent to the city of Mendoza.
These first vineyards were dedicated to grapes for producing sparkling wine, but after decades of experience in the region LVMH, the parent company of Moët, decided it was time to start making still wines as well.
So it came to past that in 1999 Terrazas de los Andes came into being. Established as a production facility to take advantage of the potential of the many high quality vineyards that the company had acquired, it was here in a century old existing winery that the Chandon group moved away from making bubbles to create fine still wines.
The vintage building had been made from the local bricks and mortar that had been popular in Mendoza at the time, and it is a testament to the local materials that the building withstood the famous earthquake that destroyed so much of the region in the late nineteenth century.
The success of the bodega attracted one of the best known producers from Saint Émillon in Bordeaux France, Cheval Blanc, to consider a joint venture that would become the nearby Cheval des Andes, one of the most respected, and expensive, wines made in Argentina.
For those fortunate enough to be invited for more than just tasting, the Guest House offers comfort and superb dining.
Going beyond the usual, Terrazas offers cooking classes, horseback riding and even dinner with a Malambo show.
Malambo dancing being what happens when you stick a bunch of gauchos (Argentine cowboys) hundreds of miles from women. This traditional dance is done only by men who tap dance to the rhythmic music in their gaucho boots.
For the wine professional, or those looking for something off the beaten path, Terrazas de los Andes is open Mondays to Saturday and offers tours five times a day.
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Terrazas de los Andes
Hours: 11:00 – 12:30 – 3:30.
Thames y Cochabamba
Perdriel 5509 - (Lujan)
54 261 488 0058
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Distance from Mendoza:
25.7k / 16.0625m
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Tourism Contact Info (from website): http:www.terrazasdelosandes.com/en-EN/visit-us
Details from Website: Tour and Tasting Visiting Hours: 11:00 – 12:30 – 3:30. Reserva Tasting 40p. Single Vineyard Tasting 100p. Cheval des Andes Tasting 150p. Winery visit, Food and wine experience 280- 480p. Cooking Classes 520p. and The guest house.
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