To gain an intriguing insight into how Mendoza’s booming wine industry came to fruition, consider visit one or more of these historical wineries. Each and every one boasts a special story, which can be discovered alongside a toothsome tasting.
From one of the most important wine dynasties in Mendoza, this old winery oozes Argentine wine aristocracy. The poncho collection and small wine museum adds to the historical vibe and you’ll get to taste wine in the beautiful disused cement wine tanks underground.
In a beautiful old vineyard in Lujan, the rows of old vines will surprise you from this rather busy street but it’s not just the vines that tell a story. In this historical winery you’ll find the oldest white wine in the Americas – a 1942 Semillion – which was forgotten about in a barrel and rediscovered many years later.
Pretty in pink, you can see the old construction style and enormous wine pools (which are now used for bottle storage) in this Chacras winery tucked away in the middle of the village. As well as the historical building, the family has a great story of a family business lost and found again.
The oldest still functioning winery in Mendoza, this quaint winery is easy to visit and imagine years gone by. Accessible on the bike route in Maipu, it is usually flooded by backpackers, and provides one of the more grass roots experiences in Maipu.
This big old winery gives you an idea of the large production numbers in the past with its big fire burner in the middle and an abandoned train line running up to the door. Trapiche still push a lot of wine through their door, but you’ll see many modernizations of the winery from the inside too.
Other historical wineries worth a visit:
Maal Wines: New winemakers with new ideas in a beautiful abandoned old winery.
Carinae: When a French couple came to start their own new life in Argentina, they restored this old winery in Maipu to home their new project and wines.
Dante Robino: The core of the winery is around 100 years old, but it is perfectly preserved in a modern shell that you have to step into to discover the historical part.