My first time in Mendoza and – of course – wanted to taste some world-renowned wines. Also, I'm a seasoned traveler and love experiencing "unique". This was the best site for *both* - truly amazing!
Located in the heart of wine country Mendoza, Maipú, the Antigua Bodega Giol was considered the largest winery in the world around 1910, occupied during its heyday ~250 hectares, and produced roughly half of the Argentinian wines. Today it’s a wine cooperative suspended in time that holds tours of part of the once majestic wine-making operation (best tour I’ve seen of the production in 4 continents!) including a view of their centennial, award-winning 75,000 liter (~19,800 gal) French oak barrel. They also have wine tastings of their cooperative produced wines (only ones that I purchased from various visits to several bodegas) and a wine store for the “liquid memories”. :)
Down the street, there is a mansion-turned-museum dedicated to wine called the “Museo Nacional del Vino y la Vendimia” (National Wine & Wine Harvest Museum) which was the founding Gargantini-Giol family’s nouveau-architecture mansion. Simply *amazing* wine history at this site.
Enjoy your visit to the landmark-museum-wine-tasting, one-of-a-kind bodega!
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