Historical, pretty and easily accessible from Mendoza, Lagarde winery is a handsome option for a visit. Renowned for its lovely reds and good sparkling wine, it is also home to the oldest white wine in the Americas: a 1942 Semillion, which was discovered in forgotten barrels and can still be purchased in the wine shop.
Just pulling up to the winery you get an idea of its age from massive old barrels on display in the garden. What’s interesting about the visit is seeing some of the old and new technology combine, and also there’s a pretty good explanation of how they make sparkling wine in the traditional champagne method. Despite being on a busy and built-up road, the back garden opens up into a lush and mature vineyard with olive trees where you can have a picnic. In the tasting room you can buy any of their wines, including the Semillion 1942 – the oldest white wine in the Americas.
Another nod to Argentine tradition is the ever-glowing, ember-filled fire pit in the outside patio where the cocina de fuegos (fire cooking) takes place. Offering a classic, four-course Argentine BBQ tasting menu with wine. The range of wines covers all the classic reds as well as a bright Viognier and good bubbles.