If you like wine you will absolutely love Mendoza. Everything in and around this little city in the western part of Argentina is about wine.
Thanks to many reward nights from hotels.com and high inflation in Argentina we could afford the Hyatt without overstepping our budget. Their cheapest room and without breakfast, but still the Hyatt. Our breakfast we enjoyed in a perfect little bakery called Bröt and the Hyatt’s cheapest room still looked like a castle to us. Their gym, wellness area, restaurants and especially the pool was just outstanding. But we didn’t just work on our body shape and suntan, but of course also visited some vineyards.
On our first day we visited the Ojo de Agua. This vineyard is owned by Dieter Meier, a Swiss musician and entrepreneur. He is also the owner of our favorite restaurant in Zurich, the Bärengasse. The vineyard was probably the most beautiful we’ve been to during our entire time in Chile and Argentina. There were that many grapes, that we couldn’t see the end of the estate while enjoying our dinner. Besides the three-course menu with matching wines was absolutely outstanding.
On our second day we decided to combine wine and sports. We rented some bikes in Maipú and biked to Templus Alba, Viña de Cera and Mevi. It was a great idea but we hadn’t expected the sun to be that hot – who would have in mid-summer. We lost quite some sweat but luckily we could balance this with wine.
Our last day we spent mostly at the marvelous pool of the Hyatt hotel and went for a wine tasting and dinner later at restaurant Abrasado on the vinery Toneles. It is more a wine production facility than a vineyard but probably the nicest one we have seen so far. The tasting was delicious and their cheese platter enormous. Afterwards we had an outstanding dinner where we received one of the most delicious pieces of dried aged filet we had ever tasted. It was the perfect end to a perfect stay in and around Mendoza and we can recommend this place to every wine and meat lover.