Coquimbito Mendoza winery guide
Whilst my Mendoza wine tour was almost a disaster, I feel as though I can shine some light on how to make your Mendoza winery experience a success.
So here is my guide to biking around and tasting all of the wine in Mendoza (well a lot of wine that is).
Tips before you go
- Clothing! Wear something comfortable, time to whip out that activewear (if you’re like me you don't need any excuse to throw on your comfy legging) or else just wear something that ain't going to rub in all the wrong places, you're on a bike now after all.
- Cash monies! Though a few wineries do accept card we had some issues with our Visa debit a couple of times so it's best to carry some cash to be safe than sorry.
- Sunblock! If you’re not blessed with sun kissed skin like me then you better load up on the sunscreen. Or in Ryan's case use hardly any and became two shades darker overnight (goddam this paled skin genes).
- Water! Come on guys, rehydrate yourself. Bring a good sized water bottle with you and after each winery have sip or two. This means to can pace yourself, remember you are riding a bike after all – you don't want to end up falling down a drain, trust me I know from experience.
Getting to Coquimbito (wine region)
Take the bus from Rioja and Catamarca St. Look out for the 10 line, and catch any of the following buses; 171, 172 or 173 and that will take you almost right outside Mr. Hugo bikes. Wonder in you will be on a bike in no time.
Wineries not to miss
Lucky Mr. Hugo will give you a wee map of the area showing you all the wineries are about town. Now these is two ways to go about it, go to the furthest one first and make your way back up or depending on how thirsty you are (like me) do the closest one and worry about the slightly long bike ride back later on (when your a few wines down). Anyway here are the wineries not to miss and the places to get yourself a snack at on the way around.
Vinoteca la Botella – a wine bar that has very reasonable priced tastings. Plus they have two free empanadas with every tasting with Mr Hugo bike tours coupon, which makes it a great place to start and line that stomach.
Wine tasting cost: $50 peso (five tastings)
Food cost: Empanadas free with tasting
Tempus Alba – this winery has a small self guided walking tour which gives you a great insight into the winemaking process. Plus this is a great place to grab a bit of lunch from burgers to steak! There are a few tasting options; #1 any 3 of their regular varietal wines, #2, you can try any 2 of their varietals and their Pleno reserve and #3 is the premium tasting range.
Wine tasting cost: $50-65 peso (three tastings) and $300 peso for their premium tasting.
Food cost: $62-205 peso (Empanada-steak)
Hint: give the Tempranillo a try
Mevi – A modern boutique winery with a lovely view outside on their deck looking over the vineyard and the mountains in the distance. Here you get three tastings either premium or varietal, you make your pick by arranging the glasses on the placemat in front of you. Plus if you're finding yourself a bit peckish you can grab yourself some more empanadas or a cheese board.
Wine tasting cost: $40-50 peso (three tastings varietal-premium)
Food cost: Unsure but remember it being very reasonable
Hint: give one of their white wines a go
Thing to note
Trapiche winery was a winery where we couldn't find the entrance and someone told us later on that it was for reservation only so might be worth double checking at Mr Hugo’s first.
I hope this helps you on your hunt for Wine in Mendoza! And please let me know what your favourite winery was?