World's Best Wine Resorts - American Express Platinum's Departures Magazine: Algodon Wine Estates
By: Chadner Navarro
Algodon Wine Estate, San Rafael, Argentina
Located in the southern reaches of Mendoza’s famed San Rafael wine region, Algodon’s guest lodges telegraph the simple, leisurely style of traditional Argentine estancias with roomy wrap-around patios that look out over the estate’s vineyard. In addition to taking in gorgeous views of the grapevines that dominate the horizon, guests can go horseback riding or play a round of golf, each of which can be followed by a wine tasting and picnic. The award-winning winery even offers personalized wine through its unique barrel ownership program, where guests can work with Algodon’s professional winemakers to craft a barrel of wine in the cask type (American or French oak) and varietal of the guest’s choice. Rooms, from $225; Ruta Nacional 144, km 674; 54-926/0440-4594; algodonwineestates.com.
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