One of the oldest and biggest wineries in the region, Norton was originally started by an English railway engineer who, after building Argentina’s now defunct rail line, settled down with a local woman and began living the good life and making wine. Now owned by Swarovski (who also has a pretty good life as a diamond merchant), this winery still holds a prestigious spot in Mendoza’s wine history and is still a keen player today.
A tour starts with a welcome glass of bubbly and includes a walk through the historic cellar where there are old bottles lined up that date almost 100 years. A special element is a chat about modern bottling methods and eco-friendly bottles before finishing with a tasting.
Norton wines are ‘happy’ as the loyal winemaker Jorge Riccitelli says, with easy-drinking, fruit-forward characteristics. His happy and easy-to-drink wines made Riccitelli Wine Enthusiast’s Winemaker of the Year in 2012 and his protégé David Bonomi is continuing the style. Some of our favourites are: Cosecha Especial Vintage sparkling; Lote (terroir malbecs); Gernot Langes blend; Perdriel Sauvignon Blanc.
La Vid is their indoor restaurant with traditional Argentine cuisine with a modern twist.