If you like wine, you must go to Mendoza, Argentina; Finca Adalgisa in particular. It is the smallest winery in Mendoza and the people are gracious, the place is lovely, and the wines are fantastic. A guide will bring you on a tour through the vineyard, estate, winery, and then lead you to the tasting area.
My main experience with wine tasting had been in California and other places in the US, where you spend about 15 minutes standing at a bar waiting for the bartender to return so you can get another thimble-sized taste of wine. So, you can imagine my surprise when we were led into a luxurious room filled with white couches overlooking a sea of verdant grape leaves.
As our friendly host disappeared to the cellar to retrieve our first ‘tastes’ – nearly a whole glass of wine each – we sank into the couch and really relaxed for the first time since our hurried departure from Boston hours before a blizzard. The wine was incredible. The room was fairly quiet yet buzzing with small groups in conversation. The owner, Gabriella Furlotti, was with one of the groups, but greeted us.
A waitress brought us water, a basket of crackers, and a menu in case we wished to order something. I wish we stayed and ordered their ‘small plates,’ instead we hurried down Chacras de Coria’s dusty streets to our dinner reservation – which was the traditional Argentinean meal with about 15 varieties of meat (that I didn’t enjoy) – and I was longing for those relaxing white couches and their peaceful view.
We made our way back to our room at the finca. This is one of a growing number of wineries where you can stay as well as taste fine wines. Here, they offer rooms and suites overlooking a small pool and the vineyards. There are fruit trees and you can help yourself to plums, figs, or whatever else is in season.