Finca Adalgisa is located in a little town called Chacras de Coria in Lujan de Cuyo, which is exactly where you want to be to discover the best Malbec wines. It’s also walking distance to some shops, cafes and most importantly, freshly baked empanadas! Lujan de Cuyo is considered the heart of Mendoza wine country. The vineyards are among the oldest compared to Uco Valley, a popular but newer wine region largely developed by foreign capital, giving it a different feel and flavour.
The hotel is built around a small vineyard that has been in the family for three generations. It’s exactly the type of wine-making I am passionate about, producing only 5000 bottles of Malbec a year from vines that are nearly 100 years old (click here to read more on how I choose my wine).
Today the hotel and vineyard are owned by Gabriela Furlotti, inherited from her Italian grandfather who was known locally as King of the Vineyard. The property used to be her family’s summer home until 2000 when Gabriela transformed it into a rural 11-room vineyard hotel.
Guests are free to explore the property and the staff is extremely polite and happy to give you a tour. We had a busy itinerary but made sure to spend most of the final day relaxing by the pool, which we had all to ourselves.
Every evening from 6 pm to 11 pm guests can receive a complimentary glass of wine and tapas, or order from their menu of cheese, salami, salads and soup. It doesn’t get much better than cheese and wine in such a beautiful setting, to watch the sun dip below the vines and the sky turn a kaleidoscope of colours before going from blue to black. Out here on a warm evening, George and I played some very tipsy Yahtzee before making friends with other, tipsier, guests.
They also offer cooking classes and BBQs. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to do the cooking class as we wanted to see Mendoza’s city centre, but all the guests we met were raving about it. The next night was Christmas Eve and Gabriela threw a fabulous BBQ party for staff and guests. It was a real feast. The food was outstanding and served in typical generous Argentine portions!
We also met Gabriela, who was enjoying a glass of wine in the room where the cooking classes are taught with a wine-buyer from London. The hotel and winery are her pride and joy. We wanted to tell her in person what an incredible place she has created. Finca Adalgisa is an oasis. We couldn’t have asked for anything more.
We stayed in room 23 in the stone house, a very large two-floor house. I loved the decor and layout, especially the big bathroom behind the bedroom. Everything was fantastic except for one slight problem… There were quite a few spiders. If this bothers you, you’ll be pleased to know that the hotel was extremely helpful in getting rid of them. But this type of unwanted guest is to be expected when staying in the country.
Three days was never going to be enough time. It was just a taste. A beautiful, incredible, unforgettable taste. We booked our Mendoza trip as part of our Argentina holiday, where we split 2 weeks into 5 nights in Buenos Aires, 4 nights Mendoza, 3 nights San Antonio de Areco and 2 nights travelling back and forth from London. Mendoza is 1.5 hours by plane from Buenos Aires’ domestic airport.
It was a tough choice, as there are many gorgeous hotels in the region, such as Lares de Chacra, Club Tapiz and Entre Cielos, but we liked Finca Adalgisa best for its price, value for money, location, photos and history.