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“Book Miguel. You won't regret it.”

Driving Mendoza Wine Tours
Ranked #24 of 119 Tours in Mendoza
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

Miguel simply made our trip to Mendoza. By the end of our time with him my husband, Nick, and I felt like he was old friend. My only regret was that we did not stay longer. I found his information on Trip Advisor and he came highly recommended via Flyer Talk as well. He was extremely responsive via e-mail before we arrived and once we were there. We honestly felt like his services were worth way more than he charges. Our bus from Santiago got in an hour-and-a-half early and he was there within 15 minutes to pick up us and take us to the Park Hyatt Mendoza where we stayed. He recommended a top notch restaurant for us the first night (Siete Cocinas de Argentina). The only downside: it was one of the best meals of our vacation and I measured the other restaurants up against them. He promptly picked us up at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. I gave him free rein to plan our itinerary while we were there. He did not disappoint. We first visited Alta Vista where we had a lovely tour and got to pay a tad extra to sample their best wine. It was well worth it. Next, we were on to Lagarde where we had an incredibly knowledgeable guide and ran into a couple from our first tour. Each place Miguel took us he knew everyone there and it felt as if we were visiting friends. Even the drive to the wineries passed quickly as we chatted and learned about Miguel, who is a great storyteller. I forget the name of the third winery but it had fantastic olive oil and breathtaking views. Our last stop was one of the most special experiences of our lives. We headed to Chef Mun's restaurant at Casarena. It was early October and we literally had the restaurant to ourselves. We sat with breathtaking views, eating one of the best meals of our lives and having a blast chatting with Chef Mun, Carey, who runs the front of the house, and Miguel. Even when we overslept for our 6:55 a.m. flight, all our own fault, Miguel made a herculean effort to get us to the airport and took the whole thing personally when it was a mess entirely of our own making. The experience blew Napa Valley out of the water. I can't recommend Miguel enough.

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Reviewed November 10, 2013

We have done wine tasting all over the world but never before in Argentina. We decided to hire a car and do it on our own with recommendations of wineries by friends and the hotel where we were staying (Villa Mansa). Almost all of the wineries require you to book in advance and you need to allow a lot of time between wineries. Almost all require you take a tour which takes at least an hour. Some of the smaller wineries will allow you to do a tasting only. The tour does not cost more money (it varies but is around $60 pesos a person) it just takes more time and is a bit repetitive. Another option for those wineries that have restaurants is to have lunch with wine pairings. Most of these are 3 to 4 course meals and cost around $300 pesos per person. They are very good value. The wine paring pours and food portions generous so you may want to skip dinner. The lunches take about 2 hours. We the best way to visit was the have a tasting at a small winery, do one tour and one wine tasting lunch. That takes most of the day.

Driving is a challenge because the roads are not well sign posted, the GPS gets "lost" and the maps are not very detailed. One day it took us 3 hours to get to our destination and the Valle de UCO even though it is 1 1/4 hour away!

Our best wine lunch experience was at Lagarde. I cannot say enough positive about it. It is an experience you will not want to miss--particularly if you are a foodie! It was a lovely day and the lunch is served outside in a courtyard. Everything is cooked on the grill and is prepared outside in front of you. We started with Gazpacho served with Sauvignon Blanc. Next we had roasted goat cheese with carrot cream, corn toast and salad with a Torrontes. Next was a pate de fois on a beet mini cake and raisin prune cream served with a Malbec. The main course was filet mignon, potatoes roasted on the grill and creamed eggplant served with Cabernet Franc. The dessert was a mouse of dulce de leche with honey crust, carmelized walnuts and toasted seasonal fruit. I'm not a dessert eater, but this was fabulous. We did not want to drink the dessert wine so they gave us more Cabernet Franc! Their wines were excellent and you are given as much as you like. This meal was a steal at $300 pesos per person. You probably do not want to do any more wine tasting that day!

We also had an excellent wine tasting lunch at Domaine Bousquet in Valle De Uco. This was more of a typical Argentine meal, again grilled. They offered a 4 course menu, a 6 course menu and a special menu of the house, also 4 courses. We took the menu of the house which was a mixed grill. Choose this if you are VERY hungry and a big eater! First they brought salami cheese and nuts. Then two empanadas per person (one was cheese, one was lamb--both were good). The first grilled meat was sausage and sweetbreads. We thought that was our "mixed grill" That was just the opener for three more courses of meats. The second was filet mignon and flank steak, the third was spare ribs and pounded pork and the final (which we skipped) was chicken! We also skipped dessert because we simply could not eat another bite. Our wine pairings started with their entry level malbec which was pleasant. We then had their reserve malbec which was very nice. Because I had cheese empanadas they asked if I would like chardonnay. It was very nice. Next was their Cabernet which was excellent. Because we did not want their dessert or dessert wine, they offered a tasting each of their grand reserve chardonnay and malbec. Wow! The meal was supposed to be $275 pesos per person but because we did not have all of the meal the total bill was $500 pesos! I forgot to mention, with the meats they also gave us a large plate of mixed roasted vegetables!

In terms of tours, it is definitely worth doing the tour at Bodegas Salentein. The architecture is fantastic although the wines they tasted with the tour were very average.

Thank peggymack
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

We are so happy to recommend the services of Miguel Sanz as a driver and tour guide in Mendoza, Argentina. My husband found him on TripAdvisor and communicated with him several times in the months before our trip in October. He arranged wine tastings and lunches at the best wineries in the area during the weekend we were there. We were able to sample some of the best from small boutique to full scale large commercial wineries. He made us feel like he was introducing us to his friends, and we really enjoyed it. He was also prompt and courteous throughout the weekend; making sure we made the most of our time. He also provided recommendations for local restaurants for the evening. We visited the Lujan area and Uco Valley; seeing some of the oldest vines to the youngest in Uco Valley. We've visited wineries in several regions of the world and learned so much more here. We were able to see the passion and commitment they had for making and sharing their wine.

Thank Bev W
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

It was our first time to Mendoza visiting from San Francisco. We had been on many personal wine tours in locations around the world from France to New Zealand. I have to say that this was one of the best! Miguel was extremely responsive via email (unlike some other wine guides we were in touch with). He had lined up a number of wineries for us to visit, with a focus on the boutique places. He lined up a great lunch at a spot we had researched. And as we got the day started, he quickly adapted to our interests and changed the itinerary on the fly, calling ahead to different wineries to see if they could squeeze us in!! Great service, great stories, and pretty good value too. I definitely recommend Miguel and his team.

Thank nakedsky
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Miguel guided us for 3 days through many wineries and mountains. We have been on many wine tours through out the world and can say this was one of the best tours we have been on based on the quality of wine and scenery. Miguel pays attention to every detail and request. The wineries he suggested were perfect. A mix of boutique wineries and large ones. He runs a top notch operation. Our favorite day was in the Valley de Uco.

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