Bodega Ruca Malen, Luján de Cuyo
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Ruca Malen do one of the best lunches in Mendoza. Fact. Indeed, they were one of the very first wineries to incorporate the concept of a tasting menu back in 2004. Locally sourced food is paired with the winery's own wines, the best of which are their full-bodied reds from Malbec. Make sure you try their sparkling wines too! The sweet one is remarkably refreshing - a perfect match for the sweeter dishes and makes a great palate cleanser.
'Piedra Infinita', Uco Valley
This new winery, which opened in March 2016, is made entirely with local stone from the area, seems to rise up from the land. It is the brainchild of one of Argentina’s most-loved winemakers, Sebastian Zuccardi, and has been named ‘Piedra Infinita’ (Infinite Stone). Visitors are invited to learn about the particular characteristics of the soils that give such strong identities to the wines and this really helps to understand them when tasting. You’ll want to stay all afternoon at the restaurant, which is surrounded by fragrant vines and views over the Andes mountains. They have a very special, long and large family table outside too which can be booked, so you really feel as if you’re dining among the vines. The food is out of this world: not fussy, but totally delicious. Their menu is based on seasonal, regional products and put together by executive chef Matías Aldasoro and renowned Argentinian chef, Fernando Trocca and all dishes are paired, naturally, with Zuccardi wines.