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A Wine Lover’s Tour of Argentina and Uruguay

A Wine Lover’s Tour of Argentina and Uruguay

Why Argentina? Good question, and it was one that was asked frequently of me before I departed for Latin America. It’s a pretty simple proposition really: Argentina is one of a handful of countries where the dollar still goes a long way, it is an easy flight from the U.S. with no effects of jet lag, and in a trip that comprises of a week sandwiched by two weekends you can structure a very balanced itinerary.

Buenos Aires is a lot like New York City. Neighborhoods constantly seem to be reinventing themselves, which is wonderful news because it is one of the finest walking cities in the world. An ideal staring

point is the Cemetery in Recoleta, resting place of Argentine luminaries and where it is easy to understand why there is a constant refrain that it costs more to die in Argentina than it does to live... (Photo courtesy of Veer/pablo hernan)

Next, the original docks and warehouses of the Puerto Madera district now teem with pubs, clubs, wine bars, and restaurants and are a good way to approach the legendary La Boca district. Best reached by cab from Dique 2, this gritty area is known as much for its famous soccer stadium and team as it is for some of the best quality and most reasonably priced food in the city.

This is personified at El Obrero, part soccer shrine and part restaurant that, two trips in a row, served up one of my favorite meals in Buenos Aires. Waiters greet regulars by planting a kiss on the head of a daughter, tousling the hair of a son, and generally giving the impression of an extended family get-together at meal time. Get the restaurant to arrange a cab to nearby El Caminito, if only for a photo opportunity to capture the iconic multi-colored corrugated iron houses. Otherwise this street is a tourist trap. To round out the day, head to San Telmo and stroll its antique store-lined cobbled streets and visit its covered food market.

Swapping the frenetic energy of the city and flying two hours west to Mendoza, I based myself in the wine region for three days of wine tasting — the wine landscape is changing so rapidly that it is

essential to visit every couple of years to determine which winemakers and vineyards are excelling. There are two new developments worth mentioning. The first is Vines of Mendoza, a soup-to-nuts way for you to be a vineyard owner and winemaker extraordinaire in the Uco Valley. This valley is generating some of the area’s best fruit and VoM has bought a large swathe of land, engaged winemaking consultants, and has given rise to a whole generation of vintners. Planting, harvesting, winemaking, bottling... they do it all and you can be as involved as you want. With a resort, cellaring facility, and accommodations under construction it really is safe to say that there is nothing quite like this project anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere.

The second development to put Uco Valley firmly on the map is Clos de los Siete, brainchild of Michel Rolland. Across 2,000 acres of prime land, he has garnered the investment of some heavyweight French wine families who are making wine across five facilities. The wines are as distinct and different as the architectural styles of the respective wineries. Among the most striking is Lindaflor. It seems to rise out of the valley floor, the winery replete with vines planted on its sloping roof, quite mesmerizing.


The New Destination For The Luxury Wine Life Is In Uruguay

A lot of wineries have upscale tasting rooms and gourmet restaurants on-site, but if they want to keep up with Uruguay’s Bodega Garzón, they better start planning their own golf courses. “We wanted to have the best facilities to make wine,” says founder Alejandro Bulgheroni, “but then we thought we we need to do something else here, and create a truly special experience.”

Surrounded by over 500 acres of vineyards, Bodega Garzón’s beautiful new winery and hospitality building, opened in 2016, is a treat for any visitor, with sweeping views, a restaurant advised by renown-chef Francis Mallman, and its own olive oil mill on the premises. But for that “truly special experience,” there is The Garzón Club, where a $200,000 membership gives access to a lot more than a tour of the vineyards.

For starters, there is the Los Tajamares Golf Club, located within the greater 10,000 acre estate, where members can play 18 holes surrounded by olive groves and chestnut fields on a course designed by Argentinian golf champion Angel Cabrera. “We included the golf club membership in the same package,” says Bulgheroni, “and we’ve partnered with the PGA to make it their first Preferred Course outside the United States.”

Member can also participate in a vintners program, where they can make their own custom wines under the consultation of Garzón’s winemakers. “It’s up to each person to decide how involved they want to get,” says Bulgheroni, “they can participate in the harvest, crush, the blending, and up to the label design.” The program also includes the ability to make wine from Bulgheroni’s other wineries around the world, including Napa, Montalcino, Bordeaux and Australia. “You can make a southern hemisphere wine in March, and a northern hemisphere wine in summer. For a wine lover, it’s the only chance to make wine from 12 appellations.”

Member's area at Bodega Garzón

Courtesy of Bodega Garzón

And once you’ve made your wine, you can store those bottles, and others, in your private cellar inside the winery to enjoy them on your own, or host friends for a dinner party in private member’s areas. There are living room, dining room and terrace spaces overlooking the vineyards, but below the winery is a dramatic passageway, that leads through a circular hallway (framed by wine barrels and bottles) to a candlelit domed-dining room — adding a special flair to any gathering. Also, on the lower levels, architects left spaces for the original stone on the site to pierce through the winery walls. “The end game would be for a member to enjoy his wines made from all over the world, and with the help of our sommeliers, see how they evolve over the years,” says Bulgheroni.

Members will have to wait for some of the other major projects to roll out, including a lodge and spa adjacent to the winery, and a beach club with a restaurant in José Ignacio — Bodega Garzón is only 11 miles, and a 20 minute drive, from the Atlantic Ocean coastline. And while there will be activities for members at Bulgheroni’s other wineries, Uruguay is the home of his luxury wine club vision. “This area is such a wonderful place, and I believe it has to be shared by as many people as possible. We have people coming from Argentina and Brazil, and also many from Europe. There’s an appetite for what Uruguay has to offer — we’re not that big yet, but it’s coming for the whole region.”


The New Destination For The Luxury Wine Life Is In Uruguay

A lot of wineries have upscale tasting rooms and gourmet restaurants on-site, but if they want to keep up with Uruguay’s Bodega Garzón, they better start planning their own golf courses. “We wanted to have the best facilities to make wine,” says founder Alejandro Bulgheroni, “but then we thought we we need to do something else here, and create a truly special experience.”

Surrounded by over 500 acres of vineyards, Bodega Garzón’s beautiful new winery and hospitality building, opened in 2016, is a treat for any visitor, with sweeping views, a restaurant advised by renown-chef Francis Mallman, and its own olive oil mill on the premises. But for that “truly special experience,” there is The Garzón Club, where a $200,000 membership gives access to a lot more than a tour of the vineyards.

For starters, there is the Los Tajamares Golf Club, located within the greater 10,000 acre estate, where members can play 18 holes surrounded by olive groves and chestnut fields on a course designed by Argentinian golf champion Angel Cabrera. “We included the golf club membership in the same package,” says Bulgheroni, “and we’ve partnered with the PGA to make it their first Preferred Course outside the United States.”

Member can also participate in a vintners program, where they can make their own custom wines under the consultation of Garzón’s winemakers. “It’s up to each person to decide how involved they want to get,” says Bulgheroni, “they can participate in the harvest, crush, the blending, and up to the label design.” The program also includes the ability to make wine from Bulgheroni’s other wineries around the world, including Napa, Montalcino, Bordeaux and Australia. “You can make a southern hemisphere wine in March, and a northern hemisphere wine in summer. For a wine lover, it’s the only chance to make wine from 12 appellations.”

Member's area at Bodega Garzón

Courtesy of Bodega Garzón

And once you’ve made your wine, you can store those bottles, and others, in your private cellar inside the winery to enjoy them on your own, or host friends for a dinner party in private member’s areas. There are living room, dining room and terrace spaces overlooking the vineyards, but below the winery is a dramatic passageway, that leads through a circular hallway (framed by wine barrels and bottles) to a candlelit domed-dining room — adding a special flair to any gathering. Also, on the lower levels, architects left spaces for the original stone on the site to pierce through the winery walls. “The end game would be for a member to enjoy his wines made from all over the world, and with the help of our sommeliers, see how they evolve over the years,” says Bulgheroni.

Members will have to wait for some of the other major projects to roll out, including a lodge and spa adjacent to the winery, and a beach club with a restaurant in José Ignacio — Bodega Garzón is only 11 miles, and a 20 minute drive, from the Atlantic Ocean coastline. And while there will be activities for members at Bulgheroni’s other wineries, Uruguay is the home of his luxury wine club vision. “This area is such a wonderful place, and I believe it has to be shared by as many people as possible. We have people coming from Argentina and Brazil, and also many from Europe. There’s an appetite for what Uruguay has to offer — we’re not that big yet, but it’s coming for the whole region.”


The New Destination For The Luxury Wine Life Is In Uruguay

A lot of wineries have upscale tasting rooms and gourmet restaurants on-site, but if they want to keep up with Uruguay’s Bodega Garzón, they better start planning their own golf courses. “We wanted to have the best facilities to make wine,” says founder Alejandro Bulgheroni, “but then we thought we we need to do something else here, and create a truly special experience.”

Surrounded by over 500 acres of vineyards, Bodega Garzón’s beautiful new winery and hospitality building, opened in 2016, is a treat for any visitor, with sweeping views, a restaurant advised by renown-chef Francis Mallman, and its own olive oil mill on the premises. But for that “truly special experience,” there is The Garzón Club, where a $200,000 membership gives access to a lot more than a tour of the vineyards.

For starters, there is the Los Tajamares Golf Club, located within the greater 10,000 acre estate, where members can play 18 holes surrounded by olive groves and chestnut fields on a course designed by Argentinian golf champion Angel Cabrera. “We included the golf club membership in the same package,” says Bulgheroni, “and we’ve partnered with the PGA to make it their first Preferred Course outside the United States.”

Member can also participate in a vintners program, where they can make their own custom wines under the consultation of Garzón’s winemakers. “It’s up to each person to decide how involved they want to get,” says Bulgheroni, “they can participate in the harvest, crush, the blending, and up to the label design.” The program also includes the ability to make wine from Bulgheroni’s other wineries around the world, including Napa, Montalcino, Bordeaux and Australia. “You can make a southern hemisphere wine in March, and a northern hemisphere wine in summer. For a wine lover, it’s the only chance to make wine from 12 appellations.”

Member's area at Bodega Garzón

Courtesy of Bodega Garzón

And once you’ve made your wine, you can store those bottles, and others, in your private cellar inside the winery to enjoy them on your own, or host friends for a dinner party in private member’s areas. There are living room, dining room and terrace spaces overlooking the vineyards, but below the winery is a dramatic passageway, that leads through a circular hallway (framed by wine barrels and bottles) to a candlelit domed-dining room — adding a special flair to any gathering. Also, on the lower levels, architects left spaces for the original stone on the site to pierce through the winery walls. “The end game would be for a member to enjoy his wines made from all over the world, and with the help of our sommeliers, see how they evolve over the years,” says Bulgheroni.

Members will have to wait for some of the other major projects to roll out, including a lodge and spa adjacent to the winery, and a beach club with a restaurant in José Ignacio — Bodega Garzón is only 11 miles, and a 20 minute drive, from the Atlantic Ocean coastline. And while there will be activities for members at Bulgheroni’s other wineries, Uruguay is the home of his luxury wine club vision. “This area is such a wonderful place, and I believe it has to be shared by as many people as possible. We have people coming from Argentina and Brazil, and also many from Europe. There’s an appetite for what Uruguay has to offer — we’re not that big yet, but it’s coming for the whole region.”


The New Destination For The Luxury Wine Life Is In Uruguay

A lot of wineries have upscale tasting rooms and gourmet restaurants on-site, but if they want to keep up with Uruguay’s Bodega Garzón, they better start planning their own golf courses. “We wanted to have the best facilities to make wine,” says founder Alejandro Bulgheroni, “but then we thought we we need to do something else here, and create a truly special experience.”

Surrounded by over 500 acres of vineyards, Bodega Garzón’s beautiful new winery and hospitality building, opened in 2016, is a treat for any visitor, with sweeping views, a restaurant advised by renown-chef Francis Mallman, and its own olive oil mill on the premises. But for that “truly special experience,” there is The Garzón Club, where a $200,000 membership gives access to a lot more than a tour of the vineyards.

For starters, there is the Los Tajamares Golf Club, located within the greater 10,000 acre estate, where members can play 18 holes surrounded by olive groves and chestnut fields on a course designed by Argentinian golf champion Angel Cabrera. “We included the golf club membership in the same package,” says Bulgheroni, “and we’ve partnered with the PGA to make it their first Preferred Course outside the United States.”

Member can also participate in a vintners program, where they can make their own custom wines under the consultation of Garzón’s winemakers. “It’s up to each person to decide how involved they want to get,” says Bulgheroni, “they can participate in the harvest, crush, the blending, and up to the label design.” The program also includes the ability to make wine from Bulgheroni’s other wineries around the world, including Napa, Montalcino, Bordeaux and Australia. “You can make a southern hemisphere wine in March, and a northern hemisphere wine in summer. For a wine lover, it’s the only chance to make wine from 12 appellations.”

Member's area at Bodega Garzón

Courtesy of Bodega Garzón

And once you’ve made your wine, you can store those bottles, and others, in your private cellar inside the winery to enjoy them on your own, or host friends for a dinner party in private member’s areas. There are living room, dining room and terrace spaces overlooking the vineyards, but below the winery is a dramatic passageway, that leads through a circular hallway (framed by wine barrels and bottles) to a candlelit domed-dining room — adding a special flair to any gathering. Also, on the lower levels, architects left spaces for the original stone on the site to pierce through the winery walls. “The end game would be for a member to enjoy his wines made from all over the world, and with the help of our sommeliers, see how they evolve over the years,” says Bulgheroni.

Members will have to wait for some of the other major projects to roll out, including a lodge and spa adjacent to the winery, and a beach club with a restaurant in José Ignacio — Bodega Garzón is only 11 miles, and a 20 minute drive, from the Atlantic Ocean coastline. And while there will be activities for members at Bulgheroni’s other wineries, Uruguay is the home of his luxury wine club vision. “This area is such a wonderful place, and I believe it has to be shared by as many people as possible. We have people coming from Argentina and Brazil, and also many from Europe. There’s an appetite for what Uruguay has to offer — we’re not that big yet, but it’s coming for the whole region.”


The New Destination For The Luxury Wine Life Is In Uruguay

A lot of wineries have upscale tasting rooms and gourmet restaurants on-site, but if they want to keep up with Uruguay’s Bodega Garzón, they better start planning their own golf courses. “We wanted to have the best facilities to make wine,” says founder Alejandro Bulgheroni, “but then we thought we we need to do something else here, and create a truly special experience.”

Surrounded by over 500 acres of vineyards, Bodega Garzón’s beautiful new winery and hospitality building, opened in 2016, is a treat for any visitor, with sweeping views, a restaurant advised by renown-chef Francis Mallman, and its own olive oil mill on the premises. But for that “truly special experience,” there is The Garzón Club, where a $200,000 membership gives access to a lot more than a tour of the vineyards.

For starters, there is the Los Tajamares Golf Club, located within the greater 10,000 acre estate, where members can play 18 holes surrounded by olive groves and chestnut fields on a course designed by Argentinian golf champion Angel Cabrera. “We included the golf club membership in the same package,” says Bulgheroni, “and we’ve partnered with the PGA to make it their first Preferred Course outside the United States.”

Member can also participate in a vintners program, where they can make their own custom wines under the consultation of Garzón’s winemakers. “It’s up to each person to decide how involved they want to get,” says Bulgheroni, “they can participate in the harvest, crush, the blending, and up to the label design.” The program also includes the ability to make wine from Bulgheroni’s other wineries around the world, including Napa, Montalcino, Bordeaux and Australia. “You can make a southern hemisphere wine in March, and a northern hemisphere wine in summer. For a wine lover, it’s the only chance to make wine from 12 appellations.”

Member's area at Bodega Garzón

Courtesy of Bodega Garzón

And once you’ve made your wine, you can store those bottles, and others, in your private cellar inside the winery to enjoy them on your own, or host friends for a dinner party in private member’s areas. There are living room, dining room and terrace spaces overlooking the vineyards, but below the winery is a dramatic passageway, that leads through a circular hallway (framed by wine barrels and bottles) to a candlelit domed-dining room — adding a special flair to any gathering. Also, on the lower levels, architects left spaces for the original stone on the site to pierce through the winery walls. “The end game would be for a member to enjoy his wines made from all over the world, and with the help of our sommeliers, see how they evolve over the years,” says Bulgheroni.

Members will have to wait for some of the other major projects to roll out, including a lodge and spa adjacent to the winery, and a beach club with a restaurant in José Ignacio — Bodega Garzón is only 11 miles, and a 20 minute drive, from the Atlantic Ocean coastline. And while there will be activities for members at Bulgheroni’s other wineries, Uruguay is the home of his luxury wine club vision. “This area is such a wonderful place, and I believe it has to be shared by as many people as possible. We have people coming from Argentina and Brazil, and also many from Europe. There’s an appetite for what Uruguay has to offer — we’re not that big yet, but it’s coming for the whole region.”


The New Destination For The Luxury Wine Life Is In Uruguay

A lot of wineries have upscale tasting rooms and gourmet restaurants on-site, but if they want to keep up with Uruguay’s Bodega Garzón, they better start planning their own golf courses. “We wanted to have the best facilities to make wine,” says founder Alejandro Bulgheroni, “but then we thought we we need to do something else here, and create a truly special experience.”

Surrounded by over 500 acres of vineyards, Bodega Garzón’s beautiful new winery and hospitality building, opened in 2016, is a treat for any visitor, with sweeping views, a restaurant advised by renown-chef Francis Mallman, and its own olive oil mill on the premises. But for that “truly special experience,” there is The Garzón Club, where a $200,000 membership gives access to a lot more than a tour of the vineyards.

For starters, there is the Los Tajamares Golf Club, located within the greater 10,000 acre estate, where members can play 18 holes surrounded by olive groves and chestnut fields on a course designed by Argentinian golf champion Angel Cabrera. “We included the golf club membership in the same package,” says Bulgheroni, “and we’ve partnered with the PGA to make it their first Preferred Course outside the United States.”

Member can also participate in a vintners program, where they can make their own custom wines under the consultation of Garzón’s winemakers. “It’s up to each person to decide how involved they want to get,” says Bulgheroni, “they can participate in the harvest, crush, the blending, and up to the label design.” The program also includes the ability to make wine from Bulgheroni’s other wineries around the world, including Napa, Montalcino, Bordeaux and Australia. “You can make a southern hemisphere wine in March, and a northern hemisphere wine in summer. For a wine lover, it’s the only chance to make wine from 12 appellations.”

Member's area at Bodega Garzón

Courtesy of Bodega Garzón

And once you’ve made your wine, you can store those bottles, and others, in your private cellar inside the winery to enjoy them on your own, or host friends for a dinner party in private member’s areas. There are living room, dining room and terrace spaces overlooking the vineyards, but below the winery is a dramatic passageway, that leads through a circular hallway (framed by wine barrels and bottles) to a candlelit domed-dining room — adding a special flair to any gathering. Also, on the lower levels, architects left spaces for the original stone on the site to pierce through the winery walls. “The end game would be for a member to enjoy his wines made from all over the world, and with the help of our sommeliers, see how they evolve over the years,” says Bulgheroni.

Members will have to wait for some of the other major projects to roll out, including a lodge and spa adjacent to the winery, and a beach club with a restaurant in José Ignacio — Bodega Garzón is only 11 miles, and a 20 minute drive, from the Atlantic Ocean coastline. And while there will be activities for members at Bulgheroni’s other wineries, Uruguay is the home of his luxury wine club vision. “This area is such a wonderful place, and I believe it has to be shared by as many people as possible. We have people coming from Argentina and Brazil, and also many from Europe. There’s an appetite for what Uruguay has to offer — we’re not that big yet, but it’s coming for the whole region.”


The New Destination For The Luxury Wine Life Is In Uruguay

A lot of wineries have upscale tasting rooms and gourmet restaurants on-site, but if they want to keep up with Uruguay’s Bodega Garzón, they better start planning their own golf courses. “We wanted to have the best facilities to make wine,” says founder Alejandro Bulgheroni, “but then we thought we we need to do something else here, and create a truly special experience.”

Surrounded by over 500 acres of vineyards, Bodega Garzón’s beautiful new winery and hospitality building, opened in 2016, is a treat for any visitor, with sweeping views, a restaurant advised by renown-chef Francis Mallman, and its own olive oil mill on the premises. But for that “truly special experience,” there is The Garzón Club, where a $200,000 membership gives access to a lot more than a tour of the vineyards.

For starters, there is the Los Tajamares Golf Club, located within the greater 10,000 acre estate, where members can play 18 holes surrounded by olive groves and chestnut fields on a course designed by Argentinian golf champion Angel Cabrera. “We included the golf club membership in the same package,” says Bulgheroni, “and we’ve partnered with the PGA to make it their first Preferred Course outside the United States.”

Member can also participate in a vintners program, where they can make their own custom wines under the consultation of Garzón’s winemakers. “It’s up to each person to decide how involved they want to get,” says Bulgheroni, “they can participate in the harvest, crush, the blending, and up to the label design.” The program also includes the ability to make wine from Bulgheroni’s other wineries around the world, including Napa, Montalcino, Bordeaux and Australia. “You can make a southern hemisphere wine in March, and a northern hemisphere wine in summer. For a wine lover, it’s the only chance to make wine from 12 appellations.”

Member's area at Bodega Garzón

Courtesy of Bodega Garzón

And once you’ve made your wine, you can store those bottles, and others, in your private cellar inside the winery to enjoy them on your own, or host friends for a dinner party in private member’s areas. There are living room, dining room and terrace spaces overlooking the vineyards, but below the winery is a dramatic passageway, that leads through a circular hallway (framed by wine barrels and bottles) to a candlelit domed-dining room — adding a special flair to any gathering. Also, on the lower levels, architects left spaces for the original stone on the site to pierce through the winery walls. “The end game would be for a member to enjoy his wines made from all over the world, and with the help of our sommeliers, see how they evolve over the years,” says Bulgheroni.

Members will have to wait for some of the other major projects to roll out, including a lodge and spa adjacent to the winery, and a beach club with a restaurant in José Ignacio — Bodega Garzón is only 11 miles, and a 20 minute drive, from the Atlantic Ocean coastline. And while there will be activities for members at Bulgheroni’s other wineries, Uruguay is the home of his luxury wine club vision. “This area is such a wonderful place, and I believe it has to be shared by as many people as possible. We have people coming from Argentina and Brazil, and also many from Europe. There’s an appetite for what Uruguay has to offer — we’re not that big yet, but it’s coming for the whole region.”


The New Destination For The Luxury Wine Life Is In Uruguay

A lot of wineries have upscale tasting rooms and gourmet restaurants on-site, but if they want to keep up with Uruguay’s Bodega Garzón, they better start planning their own golf courses. “We wanted to have the best facilities to make wine,” says founder Alejandro Bulgheroni, “but then we thought we we need to do something else here, and create a truly special experience.”

Surrounded by over 500 acres of vineyards, Bodega Garzón’s beautiful new winery and hospitality building, opened in 2016, is a treat for any visitor, with sweeping views, a restaurant advised by renown-chef Francis Mallman, and its own olive oil mill on the premises. But for that “truly special experience,” there is The Garzón Club, where a $200,000 membership gives access to a lot more than a tour of the vineyards.

For starters, there is the Los Tajamares Golf Club, located within the greater 10,000 acre estate, where members can play 18 holes surrounded by olive groves and chestnut fields on a course designed by Argentinian golf champion Angel Cabrera. “We included the golf club membership in the same package,” says Bulgheroni, “and we’ve partnered with the PGA to make it their first Preferred Course outside the United States.”

Member can also participate in a vintners program, where they can make their own custom wines under the consultation of Garzón’s winemakers. “It’s up to each person to decide how involved they want to get,” says Bulgheroni, “they can participate in the harvest, crush, the blending, and up to the label design.” The program also includes the ability to make wine from Bulgheroni’s other wineries around the world, including Napa, Montalcino, Bordeaux and Australia. “You can make a southern hemisphere wine in March, and a northern hemisphere wine in summer. For a wine lover, it’s the only chance to make wine from 12 appellations.”

Member's area at Bodega Garzón

Courtesy of Bodega Garzón

And once you’ve made your wine, you can store those bottles, and others, in your private cellar inside the winery to enjoy them on your own, or host friends for a dinner party in private member’s areas. There are living room, dining room and terrace spaces overlooking the vineyards, but below the winery is a dramatic passageway, that leads through a circular hallway (framed by wine barrels and bottles) to a candlelit domed-dining room — adding a special flair to any gathering. Also, on the lower levels, architects left spaces for the original stone on the site to pierce through the winery walls. “The end game would be for a member to enjoy his wines made from all over the world, and with the help of our sommeliers, see how they evolve over the years,” says Bulgheroni.

Members will have to wait for some of the other major projects to roll out, including a lodge and spa adjacent to the winery, and a beach club with a restaurant in José Ignacio — Bodega Garzón is only 11 miles, and a 20 minute drive, from the Atlantic Ocean coastline. And while there will be activities for members at Bulgheroni’s other wineries, Uruguay is the home of his luxury wine club vision. “This area is such a wonderful place, and I believe it has to be shared by as many people as possible. We have people coming from Argentina and Brazil, and also many from Europe. There’s an appetite for what Uruguay has to offer — we’re not that big yet, but it’s coming for the whole region.”


The New Destination For The Luxury Wine Life Is In Uruguay

A lot of wineries have upscale tasting rooms and gourmet restaurants on-site, but if they want to keep up with Uruguay’s Bodega Garzón, they better start planning their own golf courses. “We wanted to have the best facilities to make wine,” says founder Alejandro Bulgheroni, “but then we thought we we need to do something else here, and create a truly special experience.”

Surrounded by over 500 acres of vineyards, Bodega Garzón’s beautiful new winery and hospitality building, opened in 2016, is a treat for any visitor, with sweeping views, a restaurant advised by renown-chef Francis Mallman, and its own olive oil mill on the premises. But for that “truly special experience,” there is The Garzón Club, where a $200,000 membership gives access to a lot more than a tour of the vineyards.

For starters, there is the Los Tajamares Golf Club, located within the greater 10,000 acre estate, where members can play 18 holes surrounded by olive groves and chestnut fields on a course designed by Argentinian golf champion Angel Cabrera. “We included the golf club membership in the same package,” says Bulgheroni, “and we’ve partnered with the PGA to make it their first Preferred Course outside the United States.”

Member can also participate in a vintners program, where they can make their own custom wines under the consultation of Garzón’s winemakers. “It’s up to each person to decide how involved they want to get,” says Bulgheroni, “they can participate in the harvest, crush, the blending, and up to the label design.” The program also includes the ability to make wine from Bulgheroni’s other wineries around the world, including Napa, Montalcino, Bordeaux and Australia. “You can make a southern hemisphere wine in March, and a northern hemisphere wine in summer. For a wine lover, it’s the only chance to make wine from 12 appellations.”

Member's area at Bodega Garzón

Courtesy of Bodega Garzón

And once you’ve made your wine, you can store those bottles, and others, in your private cellar inside the winery to enjoy them on your own, or host friends for a dinner party in private member’s areas. There are living room, dining room and terrace spaces overlooking the vineyards, but below the winery is a dramatic passageway, that leads through a circular hallway (framed by wine barrels and bottles) to a candlelit domed-dining room — adding a special flair to any gathering. Also, on the lower levels, architects left spaces for the original stone on the site to pierce through the winery walls. “The end game would be for a member to enjoy his wines made from all over the world, and with the help of our sommeliers, see how they evolve over the years,” says Bulgheroni.

Members will have to wait for some of the other major projects to roll out, including a lodge and spa adjacent to the winery, and a beach club with a restaurant in José Ignacio — Bodega Garzón is only 11 miles, and a 20 minute drive, from the Atlantic Ocean coastline. And while there will be activities for members at Bulgheroni’s other wineries, Uruguay is the home of his luxury wine club vision. “This area is such a wonderful place, and I believe it has to be shared by as many people as possible. We have people coming from Argentina and Brazil, and also many from Europe. There’s an appetite for what Uruguay has to offer — we’re not that big yet, but it’s coming for the whole region.”


The New Destination For The Luxury Wine Life Is In Uruguay

A lot of wineries have upscale tasting rooms and gourmet restaurants on-site, but if they want to keep up with Uruguay’s Bodega Garzón, they better start planning their own golf courses. “We wanted to have the best facilities to make wine,” says founder Alejandro Bulgheroni, “but then we thought we we need to do something else here, and create a truly special experience.”

Surrounded by over 500 acres of vineyards, Bodega Garzón’s beautiful new winery and hospitality building, opened in 2016, is a treat for any visitor, with sweeping views, a restaurant advised by renown-chef Francis Mallman, and its own olive oil mill on the premises. But for that “truly special experience,” there is The Garzón Club, where a $200,000 membership gives access to a lot more than a tour of the vineyards.

For starters, there is the Los Tajamares Golf Club, located within the greater 10,000 acre estate, where members can play 18 holes surrounded by olive groves and chestnut fields on a course designed by Argentinian golf champion Angel Cabrera. “We included the golf club membership in the same package,” says Bulgheroni, “and we’ve partnered with the PGA to make it their first Preferred Course outside the United States.”

Member can also participate in a vintners program, where they can make their own custom wines under the consultation of Garzón’s winemakers. “It’s up to each person to decide how involved they want to get,” says Bulgheroni, “they can participate in the harvest, crush, the blending, and up to the label design.” The program also includes the ability to make wine from Bulgheroni’s other wineries around the world, including Napa, Montalcino, Bordeaux and Australia. “You can make a southern hemisphere wine in March, and a northern hemisphere wine in summer. For a wine lover, it’s the only chance to make wine from 12 appellations.”

Member's area at Bodega Garzón

Courtesy of Bodega Garzón

And once you’ve made your wine, you can store those bottles, and others, in your private cellar inside the winery to enjoy them on your own, or host friends for a dinner party in private member’s areas. There are living room, dining room and terrace spaces overlooking the vineyards, but below the winery is a dramatic passageway, that leads through a circular hallway (framed by wine barrels and bottles) to a candlelit domed-dining room — adding a special flair to any gathering. Also, on the lower levels, architects left spaces for the original stone on the site to pierce through the winery walls. “The end game would be for a member to enjoy his wines made from all over the world, and with the help of our sommeliers, see how they evolve over the years,” says Bulgheroni.

Members will have to wait for some of the other major projects to roll out, including a lodge and spa adjacent to the winery, and a beach club with a restaurant in José Ignacio — Bodega Garzón is only 11 miles, and a 20 minute drive, from the Atlantic Ocean coastline. And while there will be activities for members at Bulgheroni’s other wineries, Uruguay is the home of his luxury wine club vision. “This area is such a wonderful place, and I believe it has to be shared by as many people as possible. We have people coming from Argentina and Brazil, and also many from Europe. There’s an appetite for what Uruguay has to offer — we’re not that big yet, but it’s coming for the whole region.”


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