Travelers who think heaven should include golf, tennis, horseback riding, mountains, vineyards, and mouthwatering food and wine all in one place should book a stay at Algodon Wine Estates. The property rolls across 2,000 acres of picturesque foothills in San Rafael, Mendoza. The land blossoms with walnut, pear, and plum orchards, miles of olive groves, and a world-class vineyard producing a wide range of varietals. Eight estancia-style suites are housed in the Algodon Villa and Algodon Lodge, featuring wood-burning chimneys and wraparound stone patios overlooking the vineyard and surrounding estate.
The sprawling property has a history that dates back to Argentina’s golf legend Jose Jurado, whose descendants (also professional golfers) owned and designed the first nine holes of the estate’s golf course. Today’s 18-hole course winds through lush vineyards, glacial water reservoirs, olive trees, and fruit orchards. The championship tennis facilities feature seven clay courts, one hard court, and two grass courts. With such an attractive range of on-property activities, it might take some willpower for guests to venture beyond the estate grounds, but the natural wonders surrounding San Rafael are worth a visit.
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Nestled in the southern region of the Mendoza Province, Algodon Wine Estates is easily accessed from Mendoza City with a two-and-a-half hour drive (about 155 miles) through scenic wine country along the breathtaking Andes mountain range. San Rafael—Mendoza’s second-largest city, with 200,000 inhabitants—is currently experiencing an economic, cultural, and demographic expansion; as a result, new sidewalk cafes, wineries, museums, and boutique hotels are popping up in the area. Three hundred days of annual sunshine make San Rafael an ideal place to enjoy the great outdoors, and the activities are plentiful: whitewater rafting, canoeing, camping, horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing, and fishing. Don’t miss Valle Grande, Argentina’s mini Grand Canyon or the stunning scenery of Rio Atuel and Rio Diamante.
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Rooms: Eight suites; from $260. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: 10 a.m. Late checkout is available for 2 p.m. or 6 p.m., if the room is not booked. Dining options: The clubhouse restaurant specializes in fresh, farm-to-table cuisine, much of it harvested from the estate. Built amid an olive grove with local wood, stone, straw, and reeds, the atmosphere reflects the clubhouse’s rustic menu of gourmet Argentine fare prepared in clay ovens, a flame-broiling pit, and classic parrillas (grills). Algodon Wine Estates is also home to a boutique winery where guests can pair meals with the winery’s malbec, bonarda, sémillon, chardonnay, and celebrated red blend Pima. Spa and gym details: There is no spa or gym on the property.
Who's it for: Travelers who love to stay active outdoors with activities such as golf, tennis, or horseback riding—and finish their day with a glass of quality malbec in hand. Our favorite rooms: The Algodon Villa was originally built in 1921 and has been fully restored to its original farmhouse design, with adobe walls and a rustic cane roof. The villa’s three suites enjoy panoramic vineyard views and fireplaces. Custom label:Algodon Wine Estates will let you create your own personal wine label when you buy a barrel of wine—which they produce, label, and ship to you.