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Maybe this tip should be in the restaurant section, but we made the visit to Ruca Malen as part of our wine-tasting day, so I'm going to leave it all here. Ruca Malen (photo 1) is a relatively new player in the Mendoza wine industry but they don't let that hold them back. The tour with our delightful guide, Mariela (photo 2), wasn't overlong but, as the third tour of the day, was quite adequate, with an explanation of how the grapes are hand-picked, the stages of fermentation, etc, and some tasting of wines still in the vats. Then we got down to the serious business of the day...

The combination of wine and food at the tasting lunch following the tour was just beautiful. It had been recommended to us by Guadelupe at Club Tapiz as one of the best the region had to offer - well - we didn't go anywhere else to compare for lunch but this must surely be hard to beat. Beginning with delicious appetisers on the terrace before moving into an airy pavilion (photo3) surrounded by vines with a gorgeous view to the mountains (photo 4), we were served with a lunch where each course was perfectly matched to an accompanying wine. The food was great, light and luncheony but beautifully cooked and presented. An added touch was a complimentary glass of champagne (from a a different vineyard as they don't make one) when they learned we there to celebrate a birthday.

By the end of our long lunch we were very glad we had opted to end our day of vineyard visiting there so we could head back to our hotel for a siesta before heading into Mendoza for the evening.

Address: Ruta Nacional 7 Km 1059 - Agrelo - LujŠn de Cuyo
Directions: English and Spanish tours available Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:00 and Saturday from 10:00 to 12:30
Booking is essential

Phone: (0261) 410-6214
Website: http://www.bodegarucamalen.com

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 13, 2007
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