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“Excellence in Uco Valley” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Urbano (Bodega O. Fournier)

Urbano (Bodega O. Fournier)
Calle Los Indios 5567, Mendoza, Argentina
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Ranked #13 of 352 Restaurants in Mendoza
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Excellence in Uco Valley”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

This is a wonderful stop. Food and wine are excellent, service is excellent and scenery is just outstanding. One of many wonderful visits. We also enjoyed Salentin quite a bit. This is a great on the Uco wine circuit.

Visited May 2012
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New York City, New York
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“OK food, good wine, a bit out of the way for what it is”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

Meh. Living in New York we eat a lot of delicious food and while our expectations for O'fornier were high (the sister restaurant Nadia just received an award for best restaurant in ARgentina), it didn't quite live up to what we were hoping for.

The wine was very good, however.

We stayed in Chacras de Coria and visited several bodegas that were closer and we enjoyed more so I'm not sure this was worth such a long trip.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Mendoza, Argentina
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“Good stop on a south Uco wine tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

The lunch special with flights of wine is the bargain here

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2011

What a fantastic location, views of the mountains and a small lake just outside. The food was fantastic, well presented and they even had a kids menu. The wine of course was also superb, as you'd expect.

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“Hard to find, but well worth the search.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

It is not easy to find the O. Fournier winery. Our rental car's GPS was useless in the Valle de Uco, and although the winery is clearly marked on a map handed out at our hotel (the Hotel Villaggio in Mendoza city), actually following the map is difficult due to signage that's iffy at best.

And once you find the winery, it's still a search to find the restaurant. There are multiple buildings, and nothing in the way of signs. Hint: walk around the right side of the large building that appears to have wings on top; there you'll find a smaller building housing the restaurant.

Once you finally get there, though, you're in for an experience.

You lunch in a large, high-ceilinged room with two glass walls that reveal stunning views of the Andes in the distance. The non-glass walls are concrete, hung with interesting pieces of modern art. There are relatively few tables, and they are set far apart. Thus, while the room tends to be acoustically "live," something approaching a hush prevails.

Your meal will be a set five courses, with four wines. The only choices are whether you prefer a meat (in our case, filet mignon) or vegetarian (risotto) main dish, and which wine flight you're having. (Actually, you choose the wine flight when you reserve. but I got the feeling you could easily change your mind on site.) The price varies with the wine flight. Generally, it's as much as you'd pay for dinner in many restaurants, but don't worry, it will be worth every centavo. And, by the way, such niceties as mineral water and coffee are included.

Once you've made your choices, a parade of impressive food and wine begins. Highlights of our meal included tiny rolled eggplant appetizers, a dish called "Textures of Corn" that was actually a delicious corn soup (but wasn't called one, apparently because soup per se is not something Argentines eat), and two beautiful desserts, one being a shot glass of two sorbets, and the other being a brownie-and-ice cream arrangement so stunning to look at that I photographed it.

O. Fournier is one of the largest wineries in Argentina, but stands among the top in terms of quality. The wines served at our lunch included three from the popularly-priced "Urban Eco" line, which we have seen here in Chicago, and one from the "B.Crux" line, their middle line, which is harder (but not impossible) to obtain in the States. Overall, the quality ranged from good to very good, although nothing was drop-dead excellent.

One of the nice things about lunching at Urbano is that you can taste the wines at lunch, with adequate food to soak them up, then tour the winery before you have to drive back to Mendoza.

The winery is quite impressive. The ultra-modern concrete building's wings were actually designed to serve an aerodynamic purpose, shielding certain vineyards from winds. The wine cellar is said to be the largest in South America, and is lined with works of modern art. The tour ends in a retail shop where you can buy examples of any of O. Fournier's wine. We would have, but for the difficulty of getting them back to Chicago.

Allow a full afternoon for your visit to Urbano and O. Fournier. But do make the time; it's well worth the trip.

Visited November 2011
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