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Review of Bodega La Azul

Bodega La Azul
Ranked #1 of 18 Restaurants in Tupungato
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Argentinean
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed February 10, 2013

We were recommended to this small family run winery come restaurant by a local. As we drove in we were wondered whether we were in the right place, but then Pablo came out to welcome us, and spoke great English. We asked about wine tasting and he said yes, yes, no problem, just sit under the trees (in a lovely little area) and I'll bring you the wines. so he runs away and comes back with wines, water, glasses and bubbling enthusiasm. It was a great start, so we decided we had to stay for lunch, which is also in an outdoor setting with great views of the Andes. Lunch was excellent ... it's a 5 course affair, beginning with hot homebaked bread rolls, then an antipasto plate to share (excellent salami, exceptional sundried tomatoes, olives, pruscuitto etc), then we had a corn dish ... I can't say what it was exactly but it was good, followed by a meat empanada (yummy), then we could choose from a fewdifferent main courses, and we chose a steak. They use a wood-fired oven, so the flavour of the meat was exceptional, but a little tough none-the-less. Even thought the steak didn't melt in the mouth, the meal overall was excellent. Dessert was a Peach Pie which was also really good. This restaurant is a family affair, and they make everything themselves, plus it's the only winery in the Uco Valley owned by Argentineans. There are big flash wineries, with interesting architecture everywhere, and we had lunch at one of these places the day before (also excellent - Septima in Lujan de Cuyo), but for an intimate Argentinean experience, you couldn't go past this place ... absolutely fantastic and friendly, with a unique atmosphere! We paid 50 peso per person for wine tasting beforehand, but you could do this with your lunch, as some others did. The 5 course lunch was a set price of 180 pesos each, and their wine was a steal at 40 pesos for a really nice cabernet sauvignon. Support this small family run winery and experience the unique difference ... perfect!

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Reviewed February 9, 2013

How about wine tasting outside on comfy sofas with the backdrop of the Andes? Absolutely perfect...we kept pinching ourselves. This family owned winery is boutique and completely unpretentous...unique as it is surrounded by the "big guys". We met the owner and his son...just delightful. We wished we could stay for lunch but were off to our next winery!

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Reviewed January 10, 2013

This bodega is different from the huge wineries that export all over the world. The tasting was outside on a terrace with views of the mountains in the background. The staff was very nice, easy going and involved in the wine making business. Would highly suggest going here if you want to get away from the big commercial tours.
They also serve lunch (230 pesos including wines), home made food!

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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Apparently this little winery was about the first to get started in the local area, some 40 years ago. It's a sharp contrast to some of the large and well known places nearby (Salentein, Lurton, etc.). Enjoyed a tremendous lunch on the covered "patio" area out front. Was told no reservation needed, but the place was full and practically turning people away. Delicious, friendly staff, and enjoyed sampling their wines.

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Reviewed January 5, 2013

We visited La Azul for lunch in preference to two of the bigger wineries that are close by and had the most amazing time. It's a tiny winery with a small restaurant - the food was amazing as was the wine and the service that we received was second to none.

As it's such a small operation we got to meet all of the members of the team, the owner who spent time with us telling us about the history of La Azul and how it got its name, the waiter who was incredibly upbeat and engaging and the chef who cooked the most amazing five course lunch for us, three appetisers of pumpkin soup, quesadilla and the most delicious empanada followed by a perfectly cooked steak and then a cheesecake - savoury dishes are definitely the forte of the restaurant though.....

Each course had a wine paired with it and after we'd eaten we were taken to the winery to taste a Malbec from the barrel - it tasted fantastic in spite of it having another two years until it is ready.

All of this in the shadow of the Andes, terrific food in amazing surroundings.

Highly recommend

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Thank Raine21
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