I am so excited to be able to share with you my second visit
It was another fantastic day, at my favorite winery, I
should not said winery I should of said place, hard to express how I feel when
I am at Zuccardi, the warm welcoming, the smell, the gardens, the olive trees,
it is a excitement for all the senses, the wine, the olive oil, the food and
most important the people. if you come to Mendoza Zuccardi is a must, don’t
My suggestion is to do a Zuccardi day or two, so many different
options to choose from, follow this link "Casa Del Visitante"
to get more info.
This time I did the bike tour and lunch at la Casa Del
Visitante, my first visit was last May you can read about it following this
link “Familia Zuccardi Winery Mendoza”
I had an amazing experience once again, we arrived early
around 10:15 and meet with our guide Nicolas, he welcomed us with a glass of
sparkling, and went to prepare our bikes.
| Warm Welcoming |
| Wine discussion between Nicolas & my friend Arnold |
It was like a dream biking from the gardens of Casa Del
Visitante to the vineyards of Finca Beltrán, tasting and learning the
characteristics of each amazing wine, Nicolas was fantastic, as a sommelier he
is extremely knowledgeable, and answered all our questions, and took the time
to tell us not only the wine characteristics but a lot of anecdotes about the
vineyards and the family a beautiful story that started in 1963.
| The vineyard friendly dog Sirah, Nicolas and Arnold, As you can see on the photo the vines are very tall, and
old, exactly what is needed for great vintage. |
Torrontes Serie A 2014 , Zuccardi Malbec Rose Serie A 2014 |
During our bike ride we tasted, Zuccardi
Torrontes Serie A 2014 "Intense yellow with silver sparkles. Nose: intense
and delicate, full of white and citrus fruits, orange peel, and oregano.
Palate: well structured wine, good fat, with a vibrant acidity. Intensely
aromatic, with a long, delicate finish",
Zuccardi Malbec Rose Serie A 2014
" Malbec with maroon pink tones,
with aromas of ripe strawberries, cherries and sour cherries. Orange peel
flavors and ripe cherries. In the mouth, rich texture, fresh and rounded
unfolds. Elegant style with a lovely finish".
| Our bikes|
2013, Zuccardi Q Malbec 2013 |
Back on the bike to the red corner to enjoy Textual Caladoc
2013 "It was the first wine of this line. It is a variety developed in
France by the genetic crossing of Grenache and Malbec. Unique, characterized by
its innovative nature, maintains some characteristics of the two strains that
comprise but a unique profile. Good entry, medium bodied with good development.
Long and fruity finish".
We finish with Zuccardi Q Malbec 2013
"The range name Zuccardi Q stems from the practice of marking with a
"Q" -from Quality- the oldest and uniforms plots of each vineyard,
which worked with special attention to achieve grapes of exceptional quality
batches. Today, the grapes wich is produced Zuccardi Q, come from recognized
micro-regions in the Uco Valley and selected old vineyards. The Malbec is deep
purple color with bluish reflections. Intense aromas of red and black fruit and
cassis, raisins, dried figs and blueberry jam. The aging in French oak brings
notes of snuff and chocolate. Soft and silky entrance, large structure with
sweet and firm tannins. Long finish.
|Nothing better than a day at Familia Zuccardi|
After the bike tour in our way to the restaurant, we had the
opportunity to speak with Torey Novak, Torey is an expert in olive oil and a
real passionate too. I had the chance to taste one of the finest name
Bravo, Bravo is done with my favorite olive Arauco. I couldn’t resist I had to
buy a bottle, that I will be sharing with my husband Marc that wasn't able to join us today. I love olive oil as much as wine,
not being able to get fresh Mendoza olive oil, is one of the thing I
will miss the most when we will be back to Canada. If you are like me and love olive oil,
you can do 2 different tours, “Let’s harvest olive oil”
from April first to the
end of May, “I may have to stay in Mendoza till April, I will love to do this
one before going back north!” or you can also do the “Olive oil tasting class”
that one is on my list to do too.
Lunch a la Casa Del Visitatante.
The restaurant opened its doors in 2004 and has developed an
international reputation for its delicious Argentine menu. Located in the
property Familia Zuccardi owns in Maipú, Mendoza, Casa del Visitante is a five
star restaurant with capacity for 80 people.
It is a carefully designed building where regional and
natural materials dominate, creating a warm environment. From all tables people
can enjoy the vineyard and mountain views.
Head chef Matias Aldasoro offers two menu options: A
traditional menu features key Argentine fare such as empanadas, a barbecue
selection, salads, and grilled vegetables. The tasting menu is a gourmet option
with emphasis of presenting regional and seasonal products.
Starting with with my favorite olive oil "Bravo" and bread, followed by empanada,
fresh tomatoes, salad, Asado beef, lamb, sausage, veggies, dessert and coffee,
all of it paired with the best bottles.
|Olive Oil and Bread |
| Zuccardi Serie A Chardonnay - Viogner 2014, A fresh, juicy cut with a greenish yellow color. Presence of an intense
aroma of fresh fruit such as pineapple, white peach, apricot and some
| Fresh Tomatoes in Olive Oil and fresh herbs |
|Fresh Salad |
| Zuccardi Serie A Sirah 2013, Fresh aromas of strawberry, violet and black fruits. A fine structure
and volume on the palate with spicy notes and ripe fruits.|
| I started with pork and sausage, it was delicious!!!|
|Zuccardi Serie A Bonarda 2014, Elegant nose with notes of ripe fruits like strawberries, sweet black
cherries and blackberries. One spicy, own note of aging in oak stands.
Friendly entry, juicy, with soft tannins, good volume and a long finish. |
|I had to get more meat, beef and lamb, too good couldn't resist! |
| Zuccardi Serie A Malbec 2014, Intense red ripe fruit aromas such as prunes and cherries with black
pepper and tobacco. Can also detect chocolate, cherry liqueur and spicy
notes. Soft and velvety entry, firm tannins with lovely juicy finish.|
| Zuccardi Q Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Intense purple. Intensely aromatic with notes of ripe red and black
fruits such as blueberries and cassis. The barrel aging adds a spicy
intense and very complex. Mouth with very good body, firm ripe tannins.
|Santa Julia Tardio 2014, Fresh aromas, creamy texture and an excellent
balance between sweetness and acidity characterized to this wine, the
first of its kind in Argentina. |
| Helado and fresh fruit for dessert|
Soleria, done with Torrontes, the first fortified in Argentina, raised in casks
exposed to the sun. A unique wine of its kind, limited departure, only 2,500
bottles. Finished in French oak barrel
which were previously used for the manufacture of Zuccardi Q Chardonnay. These
barrels were kept for 40 months in direct sunlight. This was amazing!
| A great finish Coffee and Soleria|
|Argentine style cuisine "ASADO" |
I cannot wait to be back to Zuccardi, a real passion!
A special thanks to Julia Zuccardi for a fabulous experience,
Thank you Julia,
Note: Reference from Familia Zuccardi Website
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