Clos de Chacras Bodega de Familia
Our lunch break on the second day of touring Mendoza’s wine country was taken at Clos de Chacras Bodega de Familia, a small family-owned boutique winery located in the small town of Chacras de Coria, Lujan de Cuyo near Mendoza. It´s history and family tradition lead to production of high quality and internationally renownded wines, exported to North America, South America, Europe and Asia.
While there was no tour of the winery, there was a superb lunch with fantastic wine in one of the most pleasant settings we experienced during our two days of wine-tasting. For more information on this family-operated historic winery, go to: Clos de Chacras Bodega de Familia.
Bodega Alta Vista
The last of the seven wineries included on our trip was the only non-boutique operation we would visit. Producing more than 2,000,000 bottles of wine each year, Bodega Alta Vista is located in the heart of Chacras de Coria, 15 km south of Mendoza city. Dramatic views of snow-capped Aconcagua and two rows of 100 year-old Olive trees make for a special arrival experience. Bodega Alta Vista is housed in an old historical building built in 1899, fully restored in 2003 with all the cutting-edge winemaking technology.
The technical systems are versatile, making an “haute couture” job possible in every wine segment. The winery stands out from all the rest because of its small tanks, which we were told enable the production of high-quality wines. The underground cellars house the French oak wine barrels of Alta Vista. At the completion of the tour, there was an interesting display showing us the types of vines grown at Alta Vista and the soil characteristics associated with each.
The wine tasting portion of our tour was unique . . . with high bar stools set around a glass table, incorporating stainless steel bowls, each with a water faucet and drain. As we moved from tasting one wine to another, any wine remaining in the glass is poured down the sink and the wine glass rinsed off so that the next wine sample could be tasted properly. For more information about this historic winery, go to Bodega Alta Vista.