Food & Wine, Cycling, Culinary Adventure

Exclusive 5-day cycling holiday package in Mendoza, Argentina

Explore Mendoza, Argentina's Food & Wine mecca. Bike among endless vineyards at the foothills of the Andes. Lodge at exclusive, countryside retreats and dine at renowned chefs’ private venues and state-of- the-art wineries.

Theme
Adventure & Sports
Duration
Multiple days
Groups
Yes

This is only an example of a wine holiday package in the wine regions of Mendoza, Argentina. Our wine tours are entirely tailor-made to suit visitors' preferences and can be shorter or longer depending on their needs. Please contact us to design your own bespoke wine tour. These are just some ideas to help you get inspired.

Fully-customizable 5-day Cycling Mendoza Itinerary

Day 1: Mendoza

Morning arrival in Mendoza, the cradle of Argentine wine-making at the foothills of the Andes. Upon arrival, we drive to Alejandro Vigil's Casa El Enemigo winery. Chief winemaker at Catena Zapata Winery since 2002 and one of the names that defines the current production of wines in Argentina, Vigil created his own winery in 2015, which was inspired by the Divine Comedy. Afternoon check-in at Entre Cielos - Luxury Wine Hotel & Spa and relax at the fabulous wellness center or relax until dinner time.

Dinner at “1884”, where Chef Francis Mallmann blends the finest culinary traditions of France and South America. The first non-European to win the Grand Prix de la Science de la Cuisine, Mr. Mallmann describes his restaurant as “a tribute to the wine and the regional cuisine”.

Highlights:

  • Lunch and wine tasting at Alejandro Vigil's Casa El Enemigo winery
  • Check-in at Entre Cielos - Luxury Wine Hotel & Spa
  • Dinner at Chef Francis Mallmann's 1884 restaurant

Day 2: Morning ride at Colonial Chacras and Lujan de Cuyo Wine Country

This morning we cycle through bike paths and quiet residential neighborhoods at Chacras de Coria colonial village. We stop for coffee and croissants by the quaint square, and then take short drive (bikes in the trailer) to Lujan de Cuyo wine country, where we continue riding among vineyards to Dominio del Plata, Susana Balbo Winery. Once there, a chef instructor will guide you through the preparation of some delicious regional recipes such as empanadas, barbecue meats and flan! We relax over lunch and a glass of wine with the snowed peaks of the Andes as a backdrop. The rest of the afternoon is yours to leisure away at the lodge.

In the evening we head to Chef Mariano Gallego's Brindillas. A previous Chef of Sant Pau restaurant (3 Michelin stars, Barcelona & Tokio) Mariano returned to Argentina to open his restaurant, a small venue that has rapidly become a turning point in Mendoza's culinary experiences, with a unique blend of fusion cuisine and local elements.

Total riding time: 2 hours, on flat bike paths and secondary paved roads.

Highlights:

  • Cycle around Chacras de Coria and Lujan de Cuyo wine country
  • Cooking class at Susana Balbo's winery
  • Lunch and wine tasting at Susana Balbo's winery
  • Dinner at Brindillas restaurant

Day 3: Biking at Uco Valley

We start the day with a scenic drive to Uco Valley's heights, with its dry terroir of nearly perfect riding conditions at the Andean Piedmont. Once at the valley, we cycle through soft rolling hills, endless vineyards and fruit plantations, with serene views of the Andean peaks. In our way we make a stop at Salentein Wine Estate, to admire a private collection of Dutch & Argentine art.

Then, we continue riding to Gaia, the restaurant at Domaine Bousquet, (the world's most awarded organic wine producer). Prepared by Chef Adrian Baggio, the seasonal 4-course menus use select ingredients from the organic garden to showcase local cuisine that pairs perfectly with their award winning wines.

Afternoon check-in at Alpasion Lodge, an exclusive boutique property of only five rooms, each one based on one of the elements: metal, wood, earth, air, water and fire. Memorable food, world–renowned wine and some of Mendoza's most gorgeous views to keep you entertained and engaged.

Cycling description: on secondary paved roads, mostly with wide paved shoulders. Mostly flat, with smooth descents / ascents . Total cycling distance: 40 km. Our Bikes: Trek, Excaliber7 mountain bikes, Shimano Acera gear, hydraulic breaks.

Highlights:

  • Cycle around Uco Valley
  • Lunch at Gaia restaurant, Domaine Bousquet winery
  • Check-in at Alpasion Lodge

Day 4: Biking in Uco Valley

Due to its unparalleled soil and climate conditions, Uco Valley came to world recognition during recent years, earning a reputation as the gem of all Argentine wine regions. This morning, we ride our bikes towards the town of Vista Flores and lower parts of the Valley.

Our destination are the extensive vineyards at Clos de los Siete, the joint wine adventure of visionary top winemaker Michel Rolland. The project also reflects the traditions of some of France's most notable Chateaux in Argentine grounds. At Clos we visit two wineries, taste full-bodies Malbecs and crispy Viogniers at Diamandes, and pairing wines over lunch at Monteviejo with impressive views of the peaks of the main Andean range. Return to your lodge and leisure the afternoon away.

Cycling, on paved secondary roads, mostly with wide paved shoulders. Mostly flat, with smooth descents/ascents. Total cycling distance: 34 km approx.

Highlights:

  • Cycle around Uco Valley
  • Visit to Clos de los Siete
  • Wine tasting at Diamandes
  • Lunch at Monteviejo

Day 5: Morning in Mendoza, afternoon transfer to Mendoza Airport

After breakfast, we transfer back to Mendoza for an overview of the city, its main historic landmarks, monuments and elegant parks. Lunch at Azafran, originally an Almacen of delicatessen, cheeses, cold cuts and preserves, the venue has evolved into one of the most sophisticated restaurants in town. Decorated like an old neighborhood warehouse, with products ranging from pâtés to rare beers displayed on wall shelves. We relax over lunch and early afternoon short transfer to Mendoza airport to board connecting flights .

Highlights:

  • Mendoza city tour
  • Lunch at Azafran
  • Transfer to airport

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