Bodegas Luigi Bosca & Norton
One bottle of wine is not enough!
You know you are in the right country once you learned that Argentina’s official drink is wine, and wine is something they know how to make.
On our last day in Mendoza we decided to tour first Luigi Bosca, one of the top wines of the region and Norton.
We picked Luigi Bosca guided by the quality of their wines. The tour is completely average and doesn’t do justice to the quality of their top wines. The tasting was another disappointment. We were served wines from bottles in a cooler that were opened for a while. I know we have complained about this before, but here’s my point: you visit a winery, pay for the tour and tasting, and then you want to buy a few bottles. If the wine you taste is not good… well you don’t want to buy it.
Luigi Bosca is a good wine, but you can skip the tour.
Forty-five minutes later we arrived at the Norton Winery. From the very beginning they welcome you with a glass of their Demi Sec sparkling. Our tour guide, Virginia, was great. Since Norton is not usually the first winery people visit they reinvented their tour to make it more interesting. While you tour its impressive Bodega you taste wine in the making process from the fermentation stainless steal tanks that hold Varietales, to the wine straight from the oak barrel, and finishing with a properly opened new bottle of their chosen Malbec. They call it El Elejido because the owners stepson himself (also owners of Swarovski Crystals) makes a selection of outstanding bottles every year. They are only sold at their Bodega. After trying the finished product you are able to understand better the flavors and notes achieved at each part of the wine making process. This tour along with Salentein we recommend to everyone.
The tour ends at their show room and Virginia opened a bottle of their Cosecha Tardia white wine at the request of one lady in our tour group.
We had reservations at La Vid, the famous restaurant inside Norton, it’s a small charming restaurant where we recommend making reservations. The food is great and of course the wine is too.
It was hard to leave Mendoza and our friends Alicia and Jorge. We had so much fun and we can’t forget to mention Luis and Florencia Raviolo who housed us and were amazing to us the whole time we were there.
Next stop Iguazu Waterfalls.