News, Updates, and Developments

October 23, 2006 – It’s Spring in Mendoza! The trees are vibrant and the vineyards are vast seas of green velvet. The truth is we barely had a winter in the city or the valley’s, just beautiful sunny weather, which is one of Mendoza’s trademarks, along with wine of course. The weather now is ideal for all outdoor activities, including catching rays by your favorite pool. Day time temperatures are in the 80s(F), with night time temps in the 60s to low 70s(F).

Mendoza enjoyed a fabulous harvest season–March through April–with excellent weather, lots of sunshine, and ideal conditions for the harvest. All the winery people are very excited about the harvest results, with grape quality above expectations, and those expectations were high. At Postales del Plata, we are particularly pleased because we had our first harvest ever from our Valle de Uco Malbec vineyards. Our grapes have gone through the fermentation process and some of our wine is in the bottle and ready to drink. Additional juice is being put in new French oak for aging and will be ready early in 2007.

OK, so we can’t rest on our laurels, and with that in mind, we have planted an additional 20 hectares of Malbec grapes. All outdoor activities are in full operation with excellent rafting on the Rio Mendoza, and delightful horseback riding at Estancia El Puesto. We look forward to seeing you in Valle de Uco or Chacras de Coria this spring and summer.

Valle de Uco Lodge is proud to announce that it has joined the luxury boutique hotel group, Ten Rivers Ten Lakes. Visit their web site at Ten Rivers Ten Lakes. We invite you to visit our tranquil wine country retreat soon…..for lunch, for dinner, for a weekend or extended stay. Along with visiting the valley’s splendid bodegas—Salentein, JF Lurton, Clos de Siete/Monteviejo and Flecha de Los Andes, O. Fournier, Altus, Andeluna, Mil Piedras, and others—there are a variety of other outdoor activities to pursue…everything from horseback riding in the Andes foothills on neighboring estancias, to fly-fishing small streams, to hiking, biking, cooking classes, tango lessons, walking through our vineyards, and much more.

Tranquilo chicos….Spring is a laid back time in Mendoza. The weather is perfect for a drive in the country, a hike in the foothills, a horseback ride into the Andes. The sidewalk cafes in the city and in Chacras are alive with couples, friends, and families gathering to discuss the exciting things happening around the Province. In the city, construction is booming…with 5 major new hotels under way (including a new Sheraton and a new Park Suites), and three large condo projects in development. The new Executive Tower Hotel on Plaza Italia is now open. There is an equal amount of new development in the suburbs and countryside with new restaurants opening, new wineries being built, and many new businesses planning to open this spring and summer. If you are thinking about a trip to Mendoza this summer, from January through March, you need to start planning now as things are already booking up. We look forward to assisting you with your travel plans.

Wine Tastings at Chacras de Coria Lodge – This has become a popular event by reservation only….this spring we have begun the biweekly tasting with top wineries and it will continue through the winter season. In the coming weeks we are scheduling Traipiche, Lagarde, Altas Tierras, Catena, Fournier, Lurton, Benegas, Familia Zuccardi, Familia Reina/ Andeluna, Hacienda del Plata, and more. Call Chacras de Coria Lodge for more information and to make your reservation.

Wine Tasting Notes — Familia Cassone Obra Prima Malbec, Reserva 2003 is one of our favorite wines! Selected from vineyards over 60 years old, the wine is aged in new French oak for 12 months. The lusciously rich wine has an intense ruby red color, spicy oaky aromas, and a robust long-lasting deep fruit taste and sensual feel in the mouth.