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The art of winemaking in Mendoza

Up to this point it is well known that Mendoza is the wine capital of Argentina. Many bodegas are settled here, among the Andes and below the gentle flight of condors. But not all of them have such a distinguished and special collection of wines as Bodega Tapiz.


What is so unique about Bodega Tapiz? Its many and different vineyards are located at different altitudes ranging from 30 to 920 to 1400 meters above sea level, either embraced by the Andes mountain range or receiving the breeze of the Atlantic Ocean, creating a bio-climate that makes these places different to the rest of the wine world.

Even though it is possible to stay and have a meal at Club Tapiz Hotel & Resto, today we will just show you a glimpse of this amazing complex visiting the famous winery and tasting its products.

Only twenty minutes away from downtown Mendoza, you will find the estate surrounded by 15 hectares of vineyards and olive trees. Against the Andes and in the middle of one of Tapiz’s premium vineyards, there´s the main building for Club Tapiz Hotel & Resto. Right next to it, a traditional winery from the early 20s, with large casks of French oak and vintage aromas.

If the weather allows it, you will be able to jump on a carriage for a ride around the vineyards, watching the llamas that are bred here. During harvest time, these nice camelids are kept further away, so depending on the time of the visit, they might no be visible. The ride will allow you to enjoy this singular grapevine and terroir in the region of Cuyo, appreciating the always present Andes in the background.   

Then, you will have an exquisite wine tasting guided by the winery experts. Visiting the cellar, you will try bottled wines and also the ones that are still in tanks. This experience not only focuses on the history of Tapiz but also on the historic and geographic context. The objective is for the visitors to learn a bit of enology and to understand why some regions are so distinguished as wine producers.

Particularly in Tapiz, due to the bio-climate, the grapes in the different locations find a perfect combination of soil, climate, optimal solar radiation and good thermal amplitude in the summer. Along with an adequate irrigation management, Tapiz produces grapes with great potential, structure and excellent quality in each varietal.

At last, if time is enough, after the wine tasting you may also visit the organic olive oil factory and have a taste.

In the winery’s own words, a complete experience in the art of winemaking!


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Includes carriage ride, visit to the cellar and wine tasting, olive oil tasting if there’s enough time.
  • Transfers, meals or accommodation are not included.
  • Experience only for 18+ pax
  • Operates: Monday to Friday at 10 & 11:30 am, 2 & 3:30 pm – Saturday and holidays at 10 & 11:30 am.
  • Advanced reservation is required.

 

WINE TASTING AND MOUNTAIN BIKE DOWNHILL THROUGH VINEYARDS IN CAFAYATE

Taste and live the best of Cafayate in an experience that merges history, culture, and flavor with a spark of adrenaline.


Cafayate unquestionably is one of the Northwest’s top destinations. Known for its world-class wines and its spectacular geography, this place is an invitation to travelers from all over the world. However, there is more to Cafayate than just wines and landscapes. Adventure also finds its place in the land of sun and wine, and we would like to invite you to discover it with this thrilling activity that combines a degustation experience with a mountain bike downhill.

Our adventure begins with a hotel pick-up in Cafayate, and drive up to Finca Domingo Molina, a family winery exclusively dedicated to the production of premium wines. With a privileged terroir that allows excellent grape growing conditions, the wines obtained from those grapes display intense aromas and flavors. At this cellar located in North Yacochuya, we will enjoy a degustation of the finest Domingo Molina’s wines, which include varieties such as Torrontés, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Tannat.

After the visit and degustation and before getting too comfortable, we will prepare to start our downhill descent.  While we get ready and settle up the bikes and equipment, the guide will instruct us in regard to safety precautions, posture, and use of the bikes. He will also give us historical and geographical details of the area.

Once ready to pedal, we will start this enchanting descent through North Yacochuyas’ road. Along the road, we will pass by the iconic vineyards of Cafayate while contemplating a mind-blowing scenery. We will see how the green grape leafs merge with the hills in the horizon as we feel the wind in our faces.  And since the road is easy, we will be able to enjoy this magnificent scenery to the fullest.

As we move forward, we will take small pauses to hydrate and ask any questions we might have concerning the surroundings. During the descent, we will capture the magical spirit of the Valley and its peculiar geography. Finally, we will reach our destination: Cafayate’s central square, where this adventure finishes.  At Cafayate town, you can wander its streets and enjoy the rest of the afternoon in this charming town. This is an incredible experience and it is ideal if you are planning to stay in Cafayate for a short period.

If you wish more information on this experience, please do not hesitate to contact us at Kallpa Tour Operator.


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Duration: 2.45hrs  
  • Downhill difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 9 km

SERVICES INCLUDED

  • Visit and premium wine tasting at Finca Domingo Molina
  • Bilingual guide
  • Bottle of water
  • MTB and equipment
  • Transfer in from Cafayate to Domingo Molina.

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED

  • Tips

 

Viñas de Cafayate, vineyard framed hotel in Salta

In the land of sun and wine, there is a place that invites all bon vivant lovers to do what they do best: enjoy a good time while delighting the eyes and the palate.


Imagine yourself waking up in a place surrounded by fresh air, green hills and vine arbors bathed by sunlight.  At Viñas de Cafayate, this dream comes true. In this hotel, you will find the perfect combination of flavor and views. Is there a better way to spend our holidays?

The facility is located three kilometers away from Cafayate’s downtown on the way to El Divisadero community and Finca Las Nubes winery, one of the must-sees in Cafayate. The hotel’s style is colonial, to combine with the traditional style of the northern estates.  All the rooms are fully equipped to satisfy the most demanding guests and all have direct access to the gallery that surrounds the hotel. The decoration stands out for its simplicity and elegance.

This wine resort, as they call it, certainly has it all: twenty-two single, double and triple rooms with king, twin or queen size beds. There are three different room categories, each one with different conveniences. It is also important to remark that all the rooms have a view either to the vineyards, to the hills, or to the garden. The guests will also enjoy a large communal swimming pool, great air conditioning, and superb views of the vineyards. During their stay, guests can take walks around the vineyards and delight their senses with the smell of grapes and fresh air.

In terms of gastronomy, at Viñas the Cafayate restaurant, you will taste delicious wines from the hotel’s cellar, which holds the most refined selection to suit all palates, and you will also be able to savor international level dishes that mix traditional flavors with gourmet culture.  Regarding the service, the hospitality and personalized attention are present at all times. The hotel is managed by the owners, who always make sure to guarantee guests’ comfort.

Certainly, this hotel is a place where you can grasp the essence of the wine culture and of the northern spirit. As an extra suggestion to finish a wonderful journey around Cafayate, we suggest to Visit the two destinations above-mentioned: Finca Las Nubes, a family owned winery, and El Divisadero community, where you can learn about farming culture by spending time with members of local communities and even stay in their houses in some cases.

Hotel Viñas De Cafayate Wine Resort at night?, Cafayate, Salta Province, North Argentina

If you wish to obtain more information about this hotel, please do not hesitate to contact us at Kallpa Tour Operator!