10 Things to do in Tunuyan Department That You Shouldn't Miss

June 24, 2021 Roseanne Arnett

Discover the best top things to do in Tunuyan Department, Argentina including SOLOCONTIGO Wine, Bodega Monteviejo, Bodegas Salentein, Gimenez Riili Winery & Vineyards, Parque de la Lombardia, Chorro de la Vieja, Clos de los Siete, Cuvelier Los Andes, Ernesto Catena Vineyards, Bodega Familia Zaina.
Restaurants in Tunuyan Department

1. SOLOCONTIGO Wine

Ruta 94, km 11 Uco Valley, Los Sauces 5560 Argentina +54 261 469-1909 hospita[email protected] http://solocontigowine.com/
Excellent
90%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5.0 based on 59 reviews

SOLOCONTIGO Wine

A winery that merges with the beautiful landscape, at the base of the Andes mountains. The world-renowned architects of the Bormida & Yanzon studio were responsible for their design.The Tourism area has several environments for wine tasting, tasting room, an outdoor patio with private spaces, and a romantic underground cava. It also has a modern and provocative art gallery.

Reviewed By Smvelvet84 - Province of Mendoza, Argentina

This winery is a beautiful house and Dani sure makes you feel like you are at home. Beatiful, quite place, excellent taste in deco and art. Good wines! Great experience!

2. Bodega Monteviejo

Clodomiro Silva s/n Vista Flores - Valle de Uco, Vista Flores Argentina +54 2622 42-2209 [email protected] http://www.monteviejo.com.ar/inicio?lang=es
Excellent
68%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 167 reviews

Bodega Monteviejo

New to the wine circuit, this vineyard at the foot of the Andes is quickly growing in popularity.

Reviewed By Zamalek88 - London, United Kingdom

Wow. The best bodega that we visited (out of at least 10) in all of Mendoza. We had eaten dinner at 1884 in Mendoza and the somellier had recommended the fantastic red wine blend from this vineyard. The wine was so good that we decided to seek out the vineyard, and we’re glad we did. We booked lunch (four courses with generously poured & well selected wine pairings) and it was outstanding. The food was exquisite, the wine top notch (especially the red wine blend which is paired with the main course) and the service was excellent. Plus the view from the dining room is incredible. If you are in Valle de Uco, make sure you have lunch here!

3. Bodegas Salentein

Route 89, S/N, Km. 14, Los Arboles Argentina +54 2622 42-9500 [email protected] http://www.bodegasalentein.com
Excellent
60%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1,147 reviews

Bodegas Salentein

Winery

Reviewed By LucasCasavalle - Buenos Aires, Argentina

We booked the tour and wine tasting the day before, we were lucky. Charlie our guide was lovely almost like a close friend who we could talk about anything, she explained everything perfectly and answered our questions with even more information for our trip. The tasting is enjoyable, we had so much fun, shared some laughs about our poory palate for wine. I highly recommend to have lunch there if you can, every step of the meal offers a different wine and you can refill as many times as you want (be carefull!). The only negative thing we found is that they dont have a strong vegetarian alternative, all the dishes are meatbased and the "alternative" wasn't on the menu, hope they see this review and make some changes. The best part is the view that joins you throughout the whole experience.

4. Gimenez Riili Winery & Vineyards

Ruta 94 Km 8 on way to Manzano Historico Ruta 94 Km 8 Camino al Manzano Histórico, Los Sauces 5560 Argentina +54 261 347-0392 [email protected] http://www.gimenezriili.com
Excellent
69%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 509 reviews

Gimenez Riili Winery & Vineyards

Gimenez Riili Winery & Vineyards, where birth is given to the wines that have transcended Argentina's boundaries and are part of the tables of those who enjoy life and share a passion for wine.

Reviewed By canoeberry

We had a relaxing delicious lunch at Gimenez Rilli. The location and the views from the restaurant are fantastic. It was a slow pace - we were not rushed. Allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy. Creative menu and we really enjoyed all the fantastic wines we were able to try. We really appreciated how easy it was to book the lunch by email.

5. Parque de la Lombardia

Tunuyan Argentina +54 2622 42-2195
Excellent
71%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

Parque de la Lombardia

6. Chorro de la Vieja

Los Chacayes 5560 Argentina
Excellent
68%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 38 reviews

Chorro de la Vieja

Reviewed By Bezi - London, United Kingdom

If you continue on Ruta 94 after Manzano Historica the road turns to dirt and you start heading up into the hills. This part of the road is fine in a normal car if you take it slowly. After about 10 kms you will reach the start of this trail. There is a car park (not signposted) just round the corner from the start of the trail. This is a great hike, if you want a change from wine tasting and eating and want to push yourself a bit up in the hills, this is the place to go. The trail is not long but involves 3 points of contact at times but not in a dangerous way. The advice on the sign is to wear long long trousers but we wore shorts as it was a hot day. I did notice lots of stinging nettles along the trail (first ones I have ever seen in Argentina) they were pretty short when we went through but could be a problem if they got taller. The trail basically follows the stream coming down. The trail head is well marked but the trail less so. You will cross the stream a number of times, again when we did it there was no problem but with a higher volume of water it could be a different story. The trail starts off pretty easy to follow as it is quite worn, eventually you will come to a bit with no signs and the way is actually walking up the river and climbing (and I mean climbing) up beside a small waterfall where you will see a trail sign to tell you that you are going the right way. The trail then becomes a bit easier to follow although it is not marked but basically you are following the stream, crossing it at points. Eventually you will arrive close to the top where you have to climb up some rungs hammered into the stone, there is a steel rope to help you. This stretch is not long and once you are at the top it is a short walk to the waterfall. It is a fairly short hike as hikes go but it packs in the scenery and there are only a few awkward bits. Nevertheless it is marked as difficult on the parks sign so this could be to do with the volume of water coming down at certain times of year as well as the climbing bit. We really enjoyed it, we only saw 2 other people with their guide on the whole hike. On a side note, if you go a bit further up the road you will end up at the border control post as this road crosses into Chile. About 1 km beyond the border post (you have to show passports to go beyond) there is a nice picnic spot by a river (called Arenales). A sign says there are more hikes there but we didn't see any markers. You could drive further and the road climbs to 4000 meters but we didn't want to do that. At time of writing you can't cross into Chile as there is a landslide on the Chilean side.

7. Clos de los Siete

Valle de Uco, Vista Flores 5565 Argentina +54 9 261 668-7680 [email protected] http://www.closdelossiete.com
Excellent
62%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4.0 based on 196 reviews

Clos de los Siete

Reviewed By charlesbH4893MP - Toronto, Canada

We went in January 2019 to Clos de los Siete. It is a collection of seven (siete) vineyards that was the brainchild of a prominent French winemaker, Michel Rolland, who partnered with seven Bordeaux families to create this unique wine making project. Spectacular setting and excellent wines. We visited two of the seven and were not disappointed. Highly recommended.

8. Cuvelier Los Andes

Clodomiro Silva S/N, Vista Flores 5565 Argentina +54 261 476-5405 [email protected] http://cuvelierlosandes.com
Excellent
64%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
18%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.0 based on 11 reviews

Cuvelier Los Andes

OUR AMBITION IS TO CREATE GREATS WINES TO EXPRESS THE MAXIMUM POTENTIAL OF THE TERROIR For our visitors we offer an unforgettable and personal experience, we want to transmit our passion and knowledge, make each visit a special moment. All our experiences are accompanied by our specialized staff. We begin with a visit to the vineyards, tour the facilities observing the production area and then taste our wines in one of our rooms specially prepared for the occasion.

9. Ernesto Catena Vineyards

Ruta Provincial 92 KM48, Vista Flores 5565 Argentina +54 261 496-4929 [email protected] http://www.ernestocatenavineyards.com/es/
Excellent
70%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
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Poor
5%
Terrible
15%
Overall Ratings

4.0 based on 20 reviews

Ernesto Catena Vineyards

At the feet of the Andes, sitting at 1090m, lie Tikal Natural Vineyards. A variety of grapes, including Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are grown over 48 ha of cultivated land, however, Tikal Natural is more than just a vineyard; it is a piece of art, a perfect example of the symphony between man and land. The vineyard has been Demeter certified biodynamic since 2012, taking practices beyond organic through the generation of Finca Tikal Natural’s inputs, such as native yeast, from the living dynamics of the vineyard. At Tikal Natural Vineyards wine is made through the translation of land to glass.

Reviewed By tracha - Buenos Aires, Argentina

We have loved Organic Animal Malbec since the first time we tasted it nearly 4 years ago. Since then we've had countless of bottles of this amazing wine. So when we planned our visit to Mendoza this year, visiting Ernesto Catena was at the top of our priorities. And it was the absolute best decision we could have made. The first thing that needs mentioning is the quality of their staff. Lucio was our companion for the day and there are not enough positive words to describe him. His flair and playfulness abounds, his professionalism is top, and his knowledge of the grounds, the history of the family, the wine and Ernesto's personal vision is abundant. We laughed and frolicked through the day together, learning, exploring, discovering all the different grapes and techniques used for the art of wine making. (thank you Lucio! We will not forget you!) The amount of wine poured was beyond generous from a sparkling rose to the most delicious deep robust reds. And the food... Well, that leads me to Cynthia the Asadora. Cynthia's food was amazing and her kind spirit did not go unnoticed. She started the day with pizza al horno (oven-made pizza), with prosciutto and arugula, and a classic margarita, paired with a deliciously chilled rose bubbly. We later followed with a classic asado (3 different cuts of meat cooked to perfection) with four or five different vegetable sides, every vegetable grown on the very property we were exploring. Everything we ate was handmade with love and care by Cynthia from the pizza crust to the asado di tierra to the peach/arugula salad. Thank you Cynthia. The tour is less about the details of wine production, although you are shown many aspects of it, and is more about the artistic flair behind Ernesto's vision of wine culture. After a beautiful day spent touring Ernesto's vineyard, you are left uplifted with an essence of his vision and passion for life and wine. There is a playful and creative spirit that runs through everything you see, touch, and taste, and the thoughtfulness and care will astound. The from the beginning to end, this is the wine tour is a must. Above all this, our tour was completely private. Exclusive to our party. What incredible luck we had in that sense. Organic, biodynamic, fair price, fun, abundant, generous, kind, playful, thoughtful, private, exclusive. Don't miss it.

10. Bodega Familia Zaina

J. A. Maza 915, Tunuyan 5560 Argentina +54 9 2622 40-6433 [email protected] https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Wine-Bar/Finca-Familia-Zaina-360841627409101/
Excellent
80%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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5.0 based on 5 reviews

Reviewed By RichardJ830 - Washington DC, United States

After a recent trip to Mendoza, I resolved to come back online to rate all the great places I visited. To my surprise, there was no entry for one of my favorite places - the small family winery known as Bodega Familia Zaina. It did seems like a wonderful secret getaway - maybe the Zaina family is trying to keep it that way! We visited Zaina as part of an Ampora wine tour - and it was really one of the highlights of the entire trip. The tasting room was formerly the family dining room and kitchen of the Zainas, but it retains that homey feel. We had a brief tour of the winery - which is also an active farm and produces beautiful fruits (massive glorious looking peaches). Then, we sat with the winemaker, Federico, for an hour or two tasting some of their unique wines. Zaina is an experimental winery, so they have a lot of different production each year, but the outcomes are really great. All of their wines are named after characters on tarot cards, and the label art itself is really just worth seeing - very unique and beautiful. We loved talking to Federico - who spoke really good English despite his protestations - and we could have been there all day. My only regret was that I should have bought even more wine! If you can find a way to visit Zaina, I highly recommend it.

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