Auberge du Vin, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Tupungato
What We Love
- Grapevines everywhere; the hotel is situated in its own vineyard
- Indoor/outdoor heated pool with striking mountain views
- Free WiFi throughout the hotel
- Shuttle service to Cerro Catedral ski center
What To Know
- Located in the Tupungato Winelands, a development that’s part country club, part vineyard and includes a golf course and two polo fields
- For an extra fee, a personal shopper can prestock your guestroom’s kitchen
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Situated at the base of the Andes in Argentina’s wine country, this boutique hotel lures guests with its stunning location in the shadow of Mount Tupungato and the Cordon el Plata range. The 29 guestrooms are decorated in earth tones, with such mod cons as flat-screen TVs, free WiFi and kitchens with stainless steel appliances. They have comfy sitting areas marked by large picture windows with vineyard views. Go for a dip in the heated pool, which has views of the surrounding mountains, or unwind with a massage at the spa. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus built around local ingredients are served at the Epic restaurant, where a sommelier is on hand to recommend pairings from the hotel’s huge wine cellar. End the day with a glass of Malbec by a firepit on the auberge’s Grand Terrasse.
In the Area
There’s a long list of activities to keep visitors here busy. The Epic restaurant offers cooking classes and wine tastings, and can provide a lunch to go for guests to take out into the vineyards for a picnic. Polo, anyone? Tupungato Winelands features two fields, with opportunities for both novices and experts to play. Auberge guests also have access to Argentina’s first golf course and can swing by the boutique winery’s tasting room afterward to sip the Malbec and Pinot Noir produced here. During the winter months the hotel runs a shuttle to Cerro Catedral, one of the country’s top ski destinations.
How to Get There
To say our stay at Auberge du Vin was epic would be an understatement. This place is absolutely amazing, and we were already planning out how quickly we could return as we waited for our flight home in the Mendoza airport.
Due to some misunderstandings with the police on a road closure, we arrived at Auberge du Vin much later than expected and in a state of anxiety. That immediately melted away upon entering the lobby as the staff got us all set up with a room upgrade to one of the (massive) rooms that opens to vineyard. The delicious smell of a 6 course Argentinian parilla being prepared by the chef on their rooftop grill made our mouths water - but it was 9pm and we needed to make a reservation for the parilla earlier in the day. No problem, said Pablo the manager, the chef was happy to squeeze us in and before we even finished our first glass of Jean Bousquet Chardonnay with the first course of empanadas, we made the decision to extend our stay!
We were originally booked for two nights with our third night at a hotel in Mendoza city so that we could more easily access the bodegas with whom we had reservations in the Maipu area that third day. But honestly, it's not that far of a drive - for anyone who has lived in a metro area with high traffic volume - you know you have to sit in your car for an hour to get even a few miles down the road. Here in Uco Valley, at least the hour drive back up to the city has no traffic and is breathtakingly beautiful.
They easily extended our stay and we enjoyed having this little boutique hotel in the middle of nowhere as our "home base" to explore one of the most incredible wine regions in the world.
I had already made reservations at the bodegas I wanted to visit before coming to Argentina, but they would have taken care of this for us if we needed it. The hotel is pretty much smack dab in the middle of Uco Valley's wine region, with some of the most impressive bodegas only 20 minutes drive, which made for several enjoyable afternoons of relaxing at the vineyard's tasting rooms and restaurants until closing without feeling rushed to get on a tour bus and drive back to the city.
The staff at Auberge du Vin is fantastically friendly and attentive. The rooms were large and very comfortable. There is plenty of lounging space to relax and take in the Andes. I could have easily stayed a week or longer.
On our final night - the one that we had originally planned to spend in Mendoza city - we left Maipu early after some olive oil tastings with the plan of enjoying the pool, bar, and restaurant at Auberge du Vin. It was a weekday, so less people around than over the weekend. It turned out a special food critic was coming for dinner, and so were 14 of the areas top wine makers with 20 year old bottles from their personal cellars. We were excited to just to be in the restaurant at the same time as these masters - but they let us sample many of the wines too after Pablo introduced us to them (everyone in Argentina is so friendly, we loved it)! Paired with an 8 course dinner that was out of this world amazing and that was probably the best night of my life!
Thank you to SPG for introducing us to this amazing boutique hotel. We can't wait to get back!
We had a lovely short stay (3 days) at the hotel du vin. The hotel in the middle of nowhere and is perfect if you want a few days away of it all. The hotel itself is well maintained, with large room and beautiful views of the Andes (make sure to book a room with the balconies and the views). There is a small pool and plenty of roof terrace spaces to sit down and relax. The hotel restaurant has a nice menu with some great wine, we recommend the wine from the hotel which was affordable and very delicious. The breakfast was very nice too. The staff and service was excellent from picking us at the airport, to making us feel very welcome, organizing our day trip (a wonderful day in a beautiful little bodega) to driving us back to the airport. Highly recommended for a short stay or as a "pied a terre" to visit the Mendoza region.
We stayed for a week at Auberge Du Vin and couldn't have been happier. The location is perfect for experiencing a less-discovered area of the Argentine wine country. The property is down a dirt road and through vineyards, so you feel you've almost discovered it yourself upon arrival. The hotel design is modern and sleek and the rooms are beautifully decorated with plenty of space. We ate most meals there and were impressed by the chef and the service. The tasting menu was especially wonderful - each course was unique, delicious, and exquisitely presented (and they were able to accommodate non beef-eaters). The concierge staff was very helpful in booking everything from winery tours to dinners, to transportation from Mendoza to Santiago, and the property manager was warm, welcoming and eager to make our visit memorable. I would definitely stay here again! (P.S. We went in to the town of Mendoza for the day and with hindsight, I wish we had spent that day touring more wineries instead. This area of the wine country isn't fully developed yet so it has a laid-back feel with both small, family-owned wineries as well as a few large ones - almost like the Napa Valley in California was 50 years ago. Very special!)
We enjoyed oud stay in this hotel allot. The view from the room over the vineyard and the mountains is amazing. Also the rooms are big and with great structure.
Breakfast Amazing!!!! A la card so everything is fresh.
Great sprit selection as well as a great cocktail selection and happy hour :) Pablo the bartender is really attentive and kind!! Great job.
Dinner is tasty we had the grill evening in the garden next to the fire place what created great atmosphere.
Big compliments for Pablo the GM who made a 20 minute conversation with us about wine, the region and our experiences in the F&B industry and so on. A man with a great hosting quality. He makes every guest feel like a regular and well appreciated guest.
Just the young guy at the F.O. Should develop his hands-on approach. He is not thinking with you that much as I would expect. I'm sure that Florencia can shape him cause she is really good in her job!
Just 2 Feedback points. Please empty the pool and clean the floor cause it's a bit green and really slippery and the pool stairs is broken. The inside Pool area as well as the gym needs a good Cleaning and more fresh Air.
I can only echo the sentiments of the other reviewers. This place could be good, it is far out but in a beautiful setting, and with some changes the hotel could be fantastic- there is a nice roof with areas which could be used for cooking and a bar but aren’t. There is a ‘gym’ which could be updated and air conditioned but isn’t, and in general things do not operate well. It’s not worth what you pay for it and I’m sure there are better options in the area.
They advertise organising spa trips but when asked said not possible..there was never toilet paper in the women’s bathroom, there wasn’t a disposable razor to borrow at reception, the golf is 3km away with no transportation, there were ants in our room when we arrived, etc- Small but consistent mishaps which made for an experience definitely not deserving of the ‘luxury collection 5* SPG’ title.
A few of the staff were especially lovely (female waitress at dinner, apologies did not get your name!), the pool is nice, the views are nice -I don’t want to not acknowledge the nice things. But it would have to change massively for me to consider recommending it to a friend or returning.