Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 20
The Virtuoso Life
Drinking in beauty - and malbec - in a famed wine region.
"The focus is on
relaxation, wine, and food -
what could be better?
It's so experiential."
They piled up the grilled meat - succulent
cuts of beef, pork, and chicken - on a cutting
board, plus we had delicious salads.
SOUVENIRS IN A BOTTLE: At The Vines, we created
our own wine with a winemaker and took
home bottles with our personal labels. The
region is known for malbec, so be sure to find
your favorite to take home.
GREAT HOTELS: The contemporary, eco-friendly
Casa de Uco's vineyards and
(inset) Margaret Nichols
(back row, third from left)
and her group.
Overland Park, Kansas-based travel advisor Margaret Nichols recently explored Uco
Valley in Mendoza, Argentina's famed wine
region, with the help of Mai10, a Virtuoso
on-site tour connection that works with travel
advisors to plan personalized trips. "The
focus is on relaxation, wine, and food - what
could be better? Everything is so experiential,
and Mendoza is just a 90-minute flight from
Buenos Aires," Nichols says.
WHY GO: You can be as active as you want -
horseback riding, hiking, and biking - or
V I RT U O S O L I F E
simply sit by the fire and enjoy a glass of
wine. And you're not just shuttling from vineyard to vineyard but truly immersed in the
Uco Valley region.
CULINARY EXPERIENCES: People travel from all over
the world to experience Francis Mallmann's
food. Eat at his Siete Fuegos at The Vines Resort & Spa for a memorable meal. He's known
for grilling everything over an open flame,
which makes vegetables taste incredible.
We had one lunch in the vineyards at Casa
de Uco, with everything cooked on a grill.
Casa de Uco, in Tunuyán, feels like a true
oasis. The Vines Resort & Spa, also in
Tunuyán, is more traditional, with gorgeous
rooms looking out on vineyards and the
WINE IMMERSION: I loved learning from the grape
growers. One of them showed us two different types of terrain that were a two-minute
drive apart - one was much rockier than the
other. We tasted how the grapes grown there
produce a richer, fuller wine because the
roots have to work much harder. It made the
entire process come to life.
PRACTICAL TIP: Spend time in Buenos Aires
before or after and take cash with you - we're
used to being cashless, but you need it there,
especially for taxis.