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Founded in 1898 by José López Rivas, Bodegas López has been in the family ever since. Now run by the fourth generation, it produces a wide variety of wines. It is large enough to mount a significant and accessible commercial operation, while still producing artisanal specialities. Set around a beautiful courtyard, bringing some Mediterranean into the Mendozan suburb of Maipú, Bodegas López offers free tours in both Spanish and English. These end with a wine-tasting session. Try the Chateau Vieux Red Wine Gran Reserva, a flagship blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir.
Bodegas López, Ozamis JA, Maipú, Mendoza, Argentina, +54 261 497 2406
Founded in the 1880s by Piedmontese immigrant Pascual Toso, this Mendozan winery is now one of the oldest in Argentina. Bodegas y Viñedos Pascual Toso stays true to its founder’s principles, using traditional methods for producing its variety of wines. In particular, the Torrontés has been widely acclaimed. This distinctly Argentinean white grape is powerful, but has not reached the heights of its red counterparts. Producers such as Pascual Toso may yet help change this. Try the 2010 Pascual Toso Torrontés.
Pascual Toso, Carril Barrancas, Maipú, Mendoza, Argentina, +54 261 405-8000
With the Pulenta Estate now into its third generation, Eduardo and Hugo continue the work of Italian Angelo Pulenta, who arrived in Mendoza in 1902. The winery is based in Luján de Cuyo, in the Mendoza region. They produce a variety of reds and whites, including Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot and, of course, Malbec. Visitors to the estate can put themselves to the test, donning a blindfold and attempting to identify the 15 aromas typically found in wine. Try the bold 2011 Pulenta Estate Malbec.
Pulenta Estate, Ruta Provincial 86, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, +54 261 440 0066