Mendoza Wine and Olive Oil Tasting Tour with Dinner

Mendoza and wine are synonymous. Get the most out of the region with an expert guide who introduces you to its best food and wine on this 5-hour tour. Youíre taken to boutique winery Clos de Chacras to sample three varieties; an olive oil factory for a tasting; and then an acclaimed restaurant for a 4-course dinner accompanied by more wine. This small-group tour, limited to 8, is a personalized way to see aspects of Mendoza you might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience in depth. Prepare to be literally wined and dined on this 5-hour excursion that begins with pickup at your Mendoza hotel. A comfortable minivan shuttles you around the capital city of this wine-producing region to try some of its tastiest bounty, chosen by your expert guide. First, your small group visits Clos de Chacras, a boutique winery dating back to 1921. Taste up to three wines aged in underground cellars on this rustic property ó the Cavas de Crianza, a blend of malbec, merlot and cabernet sauvignon is much lauded ó and learn how the conditions yield these quality varietals. The next stop, just a 10-minute ride away, is Club Tapiz. The multifaceted property includes a hotel, restaurant, winery and olive oil factory, not to mention impressive views of the Andes from the surrounding vineyards. Inside the restored 19th-century building, visit the production facility to see how olive oil is made. Take delight in the fresh scent and taste of the recently pressed oil, made from olives plucked from 80-year-old trees.Finish at the Club Tapiz restaurant, Terruto. Eat a 4-course meal of regional delights that might include steak or lamb-filled ravioli, locally made goat cheese and black olive spread. The meal is paired with reds and whites made just steps away. After a day of experiencing the regionís best in food and drink, relax as you are transported back to your Mendoza hotel.Please note: A minimum of 2 people per booking is required.Sample dinner menu (subject to change):First course:Cold seasonal vegetable soupSecond course:Plate of assorted cheeses and sweet black olive spreadMain Course:Rib-eye steak with chimichurri, mashed potatoes, bacon and roasted onionsDessert: Ice cream trifle with sauteed fruitBeverages:Club Tapiz wines including chardonnay, malbec, cabernet sauvignon and malbec ros

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