Finca Adalgisa is located in a little town called Chacras de Coria in Lujan de Cuyo. Lujan de Cuyo is considered the heart of the Mendoza wine country. The vineyards are among the oldest compared to Uco Valley, a popular but newer wine region, 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 to choose wine).
Today the hotel and vineyard are owned by Gabriela Furlotti. She inherited the property from her Italian grandfather, locally known as the King of the Vineyard. The property was her family’s summer home until 2000 when she transformed it into an 11-room vineyard hotel.
Guests are free to explore the vineyards and property. All the staff are extremely polite and always happy to give a tour. We had a busy itinerary but made sure to spend most of the final day relaxing by the pool. It’s also walking distance to some shops, cafes and most importantly, freshly baked empanadas.
Complimentary wine and tapas
Every evening from 6 pm to 11 pm, guests can receive a complimentary glass of wine and tapas. There is also a menu of cheese, salami, salads and soup. It doesn’t get much better than cheese and wine in such a beautiful setting. Every night we came here to watch the sun dip below the vines.
They also offer cooking classes and BBQs. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to try the cooking class as we went to see Mendoza’s city centre instead. However, all the guests we met were raving about it. The next night was Christmas Eve. Gabriela threw a fabulous BBQ party for staff and guests. It was a real feast. The food was outstanding, served in typical generous Argentine portions.
We also met the lovely Gabriela, who was enjoying a glass of wine 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.
Our stone cottage
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 2 week Argentina holiday. We spent 5 nights in Buenos Aires, 4 nights in Mendoza, 3 nights at San Antonio de Areco and 2 nights travelling back and forth from London.
It was a tough choice, as there are many gorgeous hotels in the region, such as Lares de Chacras, Club Tapiz and Entre Cielos, but we liked Finca Adalgisa best for its price, value for money, location, photos and history.
Lara Olivia is a Norwegian and Portuguese writer sharing all she knows about the good life on her blog, MissPortmanteau.com. Follow her @miss.portmanteau on Instagram.