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Dec 24, 2008 07:16 AM

Mendoza and south

I will be in the Mendoza area and south into the Vallee de Uco in early January. I seek restaurant and vineyard recommendations. I am interested in sampling the traditional local food, finding that special small Finca with great Malbec and willing to drive off the beaten track. All help greatly appreciated.

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  1. Hi there. There are many excellent wineries to visit in Valle de Uco. I strongly recommend you visit 'La Rural' which has the Museum of Wine-Making. They also provide lunch overlooking the vineyards as do many other bodegas. Two of the highest rated ones are 'Lopez' and 'Familia Zuccardi' both for their wine tasting tours and their food.
    Myself and my boyfriend stayed at Estancia 'El Puesto', which is in the Valle but completely off the beaten track |(the owner Raul can pick you up or give you directions to get there). The scenery is stunining, all your meals are included (home cooked on the parrilla and clay oven by the lovely caretaker), nice wine on tap, horse riding and walks in the mountains if you want to and they can even take you on the visits to the different wineries. We had a wonderful time there. Their website is:

    Good luck and enjoy Mendoza!

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    1. re: Paula76

      Thanks for the input. Ww will definitely try lunch at La Rural and at least visit Lopez and Zucccardi. Estancia el Puesto looks really nice, but we have already made reservations at Posada el Monje near San Carlos. Last year when were in Mendozda we visited two outstanding wineries - Carinae and Melipal - plus had lunch at Ruca Malen. We had such a wonderful time we are heading back this January.

      Thanks for the help.