By Katherine Greene
Wine connoisseurs will have the opportunity to travel outside of their usual stomping grounds when The Vines Resort & Spa opens in the UcoValley outside of Mendoza, Argentina, this December.
The resort, surrounded by over 1,000 acres of vineyards at The Vines of Mendoza’s Private Vineyard Estate, is a wine-lover’s dream. And boasting both a spa and upscale restaurant on the site, The Vines Resort and Spa offers guests a variety of luxurious amenities.
Nestled in one of South America’s most celebrated wine-producing regions, surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, the resort was designed by premier Argentine architects Bormida & Yanzon with the intention of blending the beauty of nature with the modern comforts of the indoors. The location features 22 one- and two-bedroom villas with three distinct floor plans, each ranging from 1,000 to 2,700 square feet. Villa highlights include private patios complete with an outdoor shower, soaking tub, and lounge chairs; floor to ceiling windows with striking views of the surrounding Andes, indoor and outdoor fireplaces; full kitchens; spacious bathrooms and lush, comfortable beds, all constructed with locally sourced materials.
However, with spa vinotherapy treatments, yoga sessions, horseback riding through the vineyards, hiking, biking, cooking lessons, wine camp, and even heli-skiing excursions during winter months, guests probably won’t spend much time in their villas.
The resort’s restaurant, Siete Fuegos, will showcase the talents of acclaimed chef Francis Mallmann and his “seven fires” cooking technique. The menu will showcase local flavors and ingredients, most found just outside the resort’s walls, from neighboring farms and ranches. While feasting on gourmet traditional dishes like Argentine Asado, guests can take their pick of over 500 different bottles of wine, several made on site by the Vines world-class winemaking team led by up-and-coming Argentine winemaker Pablo Martorell and The Vines consultant winemaker Santiago Archaval. And for a more private dining experience, guests can elect to follow a dock extending to the center of a lake, or settle down at the 25-foot sustainably-sourced wooden table at the base of a roaring outdoor wood-fired grill.
For a more permanent place in the heart of Argentina’s lush wine country, guests can purchase a private vineyard estate and, if truly adventurous, with the help of Achaval & The Vines’ team, purchasers can have the rare opportunity to own a vineyard on-site and create their own wine.