By Contributing Food Editors
Authentic Food Quest-Rosemary Kimani & Claire Rouger
The gorgeous scenery, endless vineyards, the famous Argentinian beef and sweet pastries, Mendoza, Argentina, has much to offer.
Mendoza is Argentina’s Malbec homeland. Within Mendoza are more than 1500 wineries spread out over three main wine regions. Maipú Valley is closest to Mendoza city. Lujan de Cuyo is home to some of the best Malbec wines and Valle de Uco (Uco Valley) is known for its high altitude wines.
Wine and food lovers will delight in the wide open spaces, gorgeous mountain scenery and relaxed pace of Mendoza.
The Vines Resort & Spa, Mendoza
Fine cuisine goes hand in hand with fine wines. In Uco Valley, on the foothills of the Andes Mountains, is one of the best places to experience a typical Argentine meal.
The Vines Resort & Spa in Uco Valley offers laid-back luxury at the base of the majestic Andes Mountains. It is a spectacular place with the perfect combination of high desert, the Andes and vineyards.
The Vines Resort offers guests a plethora of experiences to choose from. Enjoy long fabulous meals, while taking in the views of the Andes. See the mountains explode in color with a sunrise horse ride. Learn how to blend your own wine working side by side with a winemaker. Cook Argentine cuisine in an authentic way with a chef from the resort.
Adventure at Siete Fuegos Restaurant
Siete Fuegos, or “seven fires, is the signature restaurant at the resort. It is where Argentina’s legendary chef, Francis Mallmann serves up regionally inspired cuisine using open fire cooking techniques.
The open fire cooking technique is inspired by Argentine gauchos and European migrations, and refined through hundreds of years of history. You can savor rustic, fiery flavors of specialties like 9-hour slow-grilled rib eye, cast-iron baked salt-encrusted salmon, grilled seasonal fruits, paired with award-winning boutique wines.
Cooking with Fire - A Private Cooking Class
To explore Argentine cuisine deeper, take a cooking class and experience the different cooking with fire techniques.
Learn how to make the traditional Argentine empanadas using the clay oven. Grill your beef slowly in the parilla, as you learn about the wood used and its impact on the taste. Taste the bursting flavors of seasonal fruits in frutas a la piera dessert where kiwis, bananas, apples, strawberries and oranges are cooked in a dutch oven until they caramelize and topped with vanilla ice cream.
With no temperature knobs to regulate the fires, you will appreciate different types and fires and the skillful attention of the chef.
An Experience of a Lifetime
Enjoy your scrumptious meal at the chef’s table overlooking the majestic Andes. Pair your delicious dinner with the nectar of an award winning Uco Valley wines.
When you’re ready, retire to your private villa. Enjoy your private sanctuary and soak into a hot bath outdoors with the views of the Andes. Curl up in the most luxurious sheets and enjoy a “little slice of heaven”.
Your experience at the Vines Resort is like no other. Savor it!