The Vines Resort & Spa – Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Argentina’s ultimate retreat for food, wine lovers and outdoor adventurers: Located in the heart of Argentina’s premier wine growing region, The Vines Resort & Spa – Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina is the ultimate retreat for food and wine lovers and outdoor adventurers. Surrounded by 1,500 acres of private vineyard estates, the resort features elegant modern architecture and expansive private villas – all with outdoor decks and breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains at every turn.
Spacious bathrooms have local stone walls and feature signature spa products. Immersing themselves in the local atmosphere, guests can experience vino-therapy treatments in the spa, explore the rugged local countryside by horseback, or blend their own wines in the hotel’s state-of-the-art winery.
Ride horses through the vineyards with Argentine gauchos, enjoy a tango performance, take a regional cooking class or savor an “asado” feast under the stars: The Vines of Mendoza is more than an extraordinary place. It’s a style of living and being. Rooted in the pleasures of making, drinking and sharing wine, The Vines immerses you in the delights of Argentine culture, rustic natural beauty and warm-hearted hospitality.
Luxurious Villas with incredible views, fine furnishings, spa-like bathrooms, fireplaces, and private decks with outdoor showers, soaking tubs and plunge pools.
These spacious living spaces are luxurious spots to watch the sun rise and set, and take in the majesty of the Uco Valley.
Everything is about luxury, from the heavily cushion-laden beds and impressive music system to the sumptuous fabrics tempered by the neutral colours. Floor-to-ceiling windows add to the appeal and the spa-style bathrooms are a delight.
Taste hundreds of wines from the cellar, enjoy an elegant wine-paired meal in the vineyards, or participate in winemaking activities with a world class team.
Francis Mallmann’s Siete Fuegos
Acclaimed Argentine chef Francis Mallmann showcases the best of Argentine cuisine and wine at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Siete Fuegos. Translated to “seven fires,” the restaurant name refers to Mallmann’s open flame cooking techniques, inspired by Argentine gauchos and refined throughout 12,000 years of history.
Savor the rustic, fiery flavors of specialties like 9-hour slow-grilled rib eye, cast-iron baked salt-encrusted salmon, grilled seasonal fruits, and more, paired with award-winning boutique wines. There are also fabulous options for kosher guests (reserve in advance) as well as vegetarians and vegans.
Dine indoors or out, or enjoy a front row seat in the open kitchen where you can watch our artisans of fire create impassioned Argentine fare.
The Bar & Cava
A natural gathering place for friends, with plenty of cozy corners just for two and gorgeous sweeping views. Select from hundreds of regional and international wines, an impressive selection of spirits and cocktails prepared to perfection, and fresh seasonal juices. Pair your libation with delectable small plates created by the chef.
The Bar offers hand-crafted cocktails, artisanal beer, seasonal blended juices and a cocktail menu that evolves throughout the year, in sync with the region’s bounty. Try Argentina’s famous Fernet, request your favorite concoction, or nibble on seasonal small plates.
WELLNESS & SPA
An adventure in invigoration and relaxation. This sub-terrain spa shares the rich soil of the vineyards, helping you to connect with nature and feel grounded. Relax in the Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, and pamper yourself with luxurious hot stone and vinotherapy treatments. Find yourself floating through your workout above the vines in the fitness center with views of the towering Andes from our state-of-the-art treadmills, elliptical machines, and weight equipment. On the surrounding grounds, you will find lush vineyards to continue your rejuvenation experience throughout the property, with entirely private spaces for yoga, meditation and massage that offer a level of serenity unimaginable.
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