Category Archives: Mendoza

Mountain, Vineyards & Blue skies at the Uco Valley

An intimate and relaxing gourmet & wine experience awaits in the Uco Valley.


Finca La Azul represents the story of a family business venture well taken care of. Francisco Hinojosa arrived to the Uco Valley in Mendoza almost 100 years ago, to find cheap, arid and stony unoccupied grounds. The Hinojosa family believes that he was the visionary man that started the winemaking culture in this area, given that today is one of the most coveted zones in Mendoza for the growth of special quality grapes destined to fine wine production. The thermal amplitude of the Uco Valley makes a perfect terroir for these grapevines.

Nowadays, Francisco´s heirs run the business and it was his daughter Shirley who decided to open the House of Guests almost three years ago. Finca La Azul´s main house was originally her home for more than 20 years. After taking care of the wine family business, she thought that she wanted to have interesting people to talk to once she grew old and to share her time, cooking and life anecdotes.

For this matter, the 50 mt2 main house was remodeled and expanded to reach 1000 mt2 and host six rooms. Keeping in mind sustainable details, it was decided to protect the house both from cold and heat by building thick stone and sand walls (materials from the very own finca), installing double glass windows and convection heating with wood stoves.

The ranch also works with sustainable agriculture, controlling the use of water and using eco-friendly products to grow peaches, plums and grapes for refined and sparkling wines.

In the very words of Tomás, one of Shirley´s sons, the same soil that in 1991 was an empty open field, today is a long grown land inhabited by plants, families and technological elements and tools (such as an avant-garde irrigation system) for an intensive care of the crops, a handy aid for the finca staff´s daily work.

As for the House of Guests, Shirley´s idea is for the visitors to feel pampered and at home. To share and cook for them and show how the Argentine people life is.

Within an intimate environment between vineyards and fruit trees, right next to the Hinojosa family home, any of the six rooms provide breathtaking views of the Andes and coziness. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom with bath tub and views, hi-tech TV, Netflix and the best wines.

Being a multicultural family, the gastronomic proposal is a mixture of aromas and flavours. Spanish, Italian and Arabian influences originate intense and traditional creole dishes prepared with seasonal fresh ingredients grown in their very own garden. Of course, always perfectly paired with the wines of this land.

Depending on the season, Finca La Azul offers different activities such as harvesting or cooking. Wine tastings at the wine cellar are always present and a vast collection of classical literature books is available for guests to read and relax at the library. Enjoy cocktails at sunset watching the mountains, a romantic dinner at the vines under the starry sky or a summer lunch at the quincho.

At this homey and friendly space, Shirley and her family will be waiting for you to talk about wine, taste and drink it, show you around this wonderful scenery and enjoy with you its tranquility, gladly offering you their home.

For more information about this marvelous House of Guests, please contact your Kallpa Executive.


 

Self Bike through the Vineyards in Mendoza

Ride a bike and wander on your own through the vineyards in Mendoza. Enjoy the scenery & taste the secrets of our wines.


This wine journey takes you to Mendoza, where you will ride in the vineyards of renown wineries and learn about what makes this region so special for this industry. The idea is to enjoy the landscape, the excellent wines and also to learn their secrets.

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The meeting point is in Chacras de Coria town (16 km far from Mendoza), where the bikes are delivered. After an introductory briefing and suggestions about the wineries available in the surroundings, you can select the ones you want to visit according to your interests. The guide will make the reservations at the chosen wineries before you start biking. Then, start cycling!

You will make three stops according to the grapevine produced in this region: Chardonnay, Syrah and Malbec. At every stop there’s a wine tasting and an expert leads you through the different varieties, irrigation systems, and the benefits of different vine training systems. Each tasting is paired with a regional cheese and cold cuts platter so the flavours of the different grape vines are accentuated.

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The last winery to visit usually also has a restaurant, so you may have a regional or gourmet tasting lunch (depending on the place), also paired with the most excellent local wines.

You must be back at Chacras de Coria’s meeting point by 4 pm to return the bikes, so after lunch there’s still some time left to visit a couple of wineries more to complete the vineyards experience.

Bikes are sustainable vehicles and in combination with a must-see landscape this becomes a very entertaining outdoors activity. Travelers are more and more focused on experiencing and not collecting destinations, therefore this bike tour offers a fun option and the certainty of a unique experience in its style, in contact with nature and good wine, so typical of this region.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Departure time: 9.30 am
  • Estimated arrival time: 4.00 pm
  • Days of operation: Mondays through Saturdays.
  • Includes: bike with helmet, map and a bottle of water.
  • Not included: roundtrip transfers to the meeting point, entrance fees to the wineries, meals, tips, extras.
  • Some of the suggested wineries for visiting are Clos de Chacras, Nieto Senetiner, Alta Vista, Vistalba, Lagarde, Kaiken, Carmelo Patti.

 

Open fire cooking class in Mendoza

Imagine yourself by the fire, surrounded by the vineyards, a glass of Malbec in your hand and learning the secret tricks of a local Chef to cook Argentinean specialties and taste them afterwards.

At Finca Adalgisa in Mendoza, Chef Cristina Brino teaches how to prepare local traditional dishes that can be easily made at home.


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Using only fresh products, some of which are cultivated and recently harvested at the Finca´s own garden, Cristina prepares a three course dinner in a clay oven or on an open fire. You may participate in the preparation or just look and taste.

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The cooking class starts with the typical clay oven meat empanadas, learning to make the dough and the stuffing. Then, moving along to the open fire, we will prepare the main course: a rib eye steak with fresh chimichurri -an Argentinian sauce based on Arauco olive oil- and grilled vegetables. Last but not least, caramelized fruit in the clay oven as a dessert.

Cooking Demostration

No need to worry: all the dishes can be made at home in a conventional kitchen and with fresh products that may be found in any place of the world.

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Enjoy the experience with a Finca Adalgisa Malbec, share a warm conversation with Chef Cristina and take back home an apron as a reminder of this special cooking class in Mendoza.

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FACT SHEET

  • When: From October to May, any day of the week at 7 pm upon request (depending on Chef´s availability).
  • Where: Finca Adalgisa, Mendoza
  • Pax requirements: from 2 up to 8 people
  • Any dietary restrictions should be previously advised.

INCLUDED

  • Cooking class, ingredients and cookware.
  • Three course dinner after class.
  • Wine and water throughout the whole experience.
  • Gift amenities.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transfers from and to other hotels.

Feel among the skies at Entre Cielos Hotel

Welcome to the land of sunshine and fine wines. Welcome to where wine is celebrated. Home of vineyards, where one of Mother Nature’s favourite sons, The Malbec, works as a host welcoming travelers from all over the world. At the foothills of the Andes, we’ll feel among the skies at Entre Cielos Hotel. A sanctuary for anyone wishing to spend a little time “Viviendo la Vida”, inspired by the outstanding natural beauty of the region.


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The hotel’s modern design creates an elegant, poetic environment, respectfully integrated into the magnificent Argentinian landscape, surrounded by vineyards that produce the world’s finest Malbec wines. Located in Lujan de Cuyo, an important city of Gran Mendoza (Greater Mendoza) which is the name given to the large urban area around the city of Mendoza in Argentina.

At Entre Cielos Hotel there’s the belief that each of the senses must be stimulated to fully relax and recharge the body and soul. All aspects are combined to blend the principles of harmony and adventure that define this frontier of wine making.

feel-among-the-skies-at-entre-cielos-hotel-6feel-among-the-skies-at-entre-cielos-hotel-2It’s a unique experience, we stayed there for three nights. We went with the idea of exploring the wine region and its various options for wine lovers and living the “Entre Cielos” way, a unique combination of experiences, paired with impeccable service to make  every stay unforgettable

feel-among-the-skies-at-entre-cielos-hotelEntre Cielos Hotel has six types of bedrooms. Every room’s style has to do with the  types and quality of wines such as “Limited Edition”, the one we stayed in. 

CLASSIC bath (SUPERIOR DE LUXE)feel-among-the-skies-at-entre-cielos-hotel-3Having the courage to take a risk, and the confidence to do what feels right can lead to exceptional wines that are as enigmatic as they are enchanting. This certainly applies to a room that stands above the vineyard on stilts, offering a protective cocoon. Futuristic in its styling, with rounded, flowing forms, it boasts a bathtub on the terrace and a window in the roof that offers views of the extensive starry sky. It is named after the aroma of Rosa Blanca (White Rose).

feel-among-the-skies-at-entre-cielos-hotel-5 feel-among-the-skies-at-entre-cielos-hotel-2Another great experience is having dinner at Katharina Restaurant. We are offered a feast for the senses, something that for sure, we’ve found in the restaurant with the amazing view to the mountains. Talented chefs work with the freshest local produce and hand-selected ingredients to create a host of delicacies that combine elegant simplicity, excellence and flavor.

Design and architecture, gourmet experiences, the authentic Hammam + Spa and Mendoza’s great outdoors, all combine perfectly for ‘Viviendo la Vida’, or ‘enjoying life through all the senses’. That’s what we’ll find if we stay  at Entre Cielos Hotel. Ask your Account Excutive for this and more experiences. They are full of ideas for enlightening your traveler’s  experience on their way through Argentina.


FACT SHEET

Rates Include:

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Internet WiFi connection in public areas and bedrooms
  • Outdoor Jacuzzi and Swimming Pool
  • Parking with Security  
  • Welcome drink at check in and at the bedrooms  
  • Concierge Service
  • 24 hour Front desk