Finca La Celia, Terrazas de los Andes and DiamAndes have announced last week the implementation of different striking wine tourism programs. From a day enjoying wines and the Diamante lagoon, up to an old big house totally restored, wineries spared no imagination to create appealing programs.
Finca La Celia: announced its option of accommodation at the old big house of the winery, dating from 1931, which today has become a cozy inn to house tourists. With a price of USD150 per night, those who want to stay there may enjoy the Valley, the Andes Mountains and the most exciting activities, such as, horseback ridings, cycling around the vineyards, harvest and pruning programs, cooking lessons, a wine making program supervised by the winery’s winemakers, among other activities.
Federico Colombo, Hospitality and Tourism Manager, told WineSur: “we focus mainly on foreign tourists, offering them a house with all amenities. The response has been so positive, from both national and international tourists.”
Besides accommodation, the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner offering a regional or gourmet menu, both four-course meals. Breakfast and tea combine both regional and international ingredients.
Terrazas de los Andes: the winery belonging to the LVMH Group invited a group of journalists to visit, as they were tourists, the restructuring of the winery’s facilities, located in Perdriel.
The winery offers an attractive tour starting with a visit to the old winery that dates from 1898, passing through its modern tasting room and the cozy house for guests. Once in the gardens, journalists received a cooking lesson given by the chefs of the winery, who taught them to prepare “empanadas mendocinas” stuffed with meat and sweetbread.
It was time for lunch and the group was excited to taste their creations. The first course, a fresh salad of smoked salmon with a cold soap of pineapple and ginger, was the perfect partner to 2010 Terrazas Reserva Chardonay. Chefs chose 2008 Terrazas Reserva Malbec to accompany the main course: a veal beef with a Malbec risotto. Finally, 2008 Afincado Tardío Petit Mansengne was the finest match to the dessert, a citric cake served along with a cardamom and honey parfait.
DiamAndes: this last Tuesday, the winery owned by the Bonnie Family, presented its wine tourism proposal to journalists and receptive tourism agencies.
The winery was formally opened in 2010 and tourism has always been part of the business perspective. “In the remainder of this year and during the next, it is our aim to keep on developing the tourist areas of the winery. What we look for is to work with exclusive and high-end tourism and offer a customized product for visitors” maintained Séverine Bonnie.
She also added that “In Bordeaux we have a 200-year-old Chateau where we receive professionals rather than tourists. While in Argentina, the winery has been thought to welcome the general public, a place where we can share the love and passion for the Argentina terroir”.
The winery offers a wide array of programs, among them: Horseback ridings, Bike tours, Hikes around DiamAndes’ vineyards, morning meditations with a personal yoga instructor, and lodging in the owners’ house with a great view of the mountains.