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“'Hidden' & amazing wine tasting & tour attraction - treat for first-time and seasoned travelers!”

Antigua Bodega Giol
Ranked #19 of 48 things to do in Maipu
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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“'Hidden' & amazing wine tasting & tour attraction - treat for first-time and seasoned travelers!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2014

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!

Visited February 2014
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