A family of 40 llamas, a horse-drawn carriage ride through the vineyards and tank tastings makes visiting Tapiz winery interesting indeed. The winery is located in Lujan, but you can also visit its restaurant, olive oil factory and boutique hotel in Maipú.
Owned by an Argentine couple, Tapiz showcases the owners’ two passions: wine and llamas. Owner Patricia Ortiz is an animal lover and vice president of the national llama association, so it is no surprise that a visit to Tapiz is not just about Torrontes and Malbec but also the sustainable social project of providing employment for harvest workers in the winter though shearing llamas and weaving shawls and scarves that are for sale in the winery.
Aside from meeting their furry companions, a visit includes riding through the vineyards on a carriage and tasting wines from the tank with their very informative guides. At the treetop restaurant and boutique hotel in Maipú you can also visit their small olive oil factory and sparkling wine house which has a striking 22m by 4m Sergio Roggerone mural.
Ex-Petrus winemaker Jean Claude Berrouet is their consultant and perhaps we will see a new Merlot at Tapiz some time in the future, but for now it is still very much the Malbec which remains king with its top wine being the dark Black Tears.