American entrepreneur Michael Evans and Argentine winemaker Pablo Gimenez Riili joined forces to create an unparalleled viticultural paradise for wine lovers from around the world. Set on 1,500 pristine acres in the heart of the Uco Valley, the Vines Resort & Spa is a haven of laid-back luxury with a robust offering of culinary and wellness activities, winemaking endeavors, and outdoor adventures. Every aspect of the hotel is designed to share Mendoza’s natural beauty, superior wines, and Argentina’s warm culture through a tailored guest experience provided by the resort’s “Gauchos”—personal concierges and tour guides who curate one-of-a-kind itineraries for visitors.
The resort’s 22 spacious villas have ample indoor/outdoor living space, with wood-burning fireplaces, open-air fire pits, plunge pools, hot tubs, and private rooftop terraces with 360-degree views. Siete Fuegos, the resort’s signature restaurant, showcases open-flame grilling techniques mastered by Argentina’s acclaimed chef Francis Mallmann. The fitness center and yoga studio look out to the Andes, while three miles of running trails weave through the property’s vineyards. There’s never a dull moment at the Vines, with horseback riding, hiking, biking, cooking lessons, and winetasting at your fingertips—unless lounging is your preferred activity, in which case a cabana next to the 1,000-square-foot infinity pool will be calling your name.
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Located one-and-a-half hours south of downtown Mendoza in the Uco Valley, the resort is surrounded by sprawling countryside bordered by rugged mountains, flourishing vineyards, and over 1,500 wineries. Touring the region’s wine route and indulging in lavish winery lunches is a requisite activity. Beyond the vineyards, travelers can explore the Andes on foot, on horseback, or by mountain bike. Fly-fishing, rock climbing, and river rafting are just a few of the adrenaline-pumping pursuits for the outdoor adventurer in the Uco Valley. For a city experience, guests can head downtown to enjoy art galleries, tango shows, and a night out on Mendoza’s lively Aristides strip.
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Rooms: 22 private villas; from $510. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: At Siete Fuegos, guests can sample chef Francis Mallmann’s famed fiery flavors achieved by using seven distinct grilling techniques that showcase the country’s time-honored culinary heritage. Slow-grilled rib eye, cast-iron-baked salmon, and grilled seasonal fruits are paired with a 450-bottle wine list. The Bar & Cava serves up handcrafted cocktails, wines from the region, artisanal beers, fresh juices, and seasonal small plates. Healthy lunches and poolside snacks are available at the Pool Bar. Spa and gym details: The Vines will unveil its 15,000-square-foot Villa Spa in late 2015. The spa will offer a full range of multisensory experiences and custom fragrances created by the Argentine perfume lab FUEGUIA 1833. In-villa massages and facials are also available. The fully equipped fitness center offers personal training sessions and complimentary morning yoga classes. Exercise in the great outdoors with the resort’s climbing wall, running trails, and outdoor swimming pool.
Who's it for: Oenophiles with a taste for luxury, fine dining, and the great outdoors. Our favorite rooms: The 1,900-sq.ft. one-bedroom deluxe villa has a spacious private deck with an outdoor soaking tub that overlooks the Andes Mountains, as well as a plunge pool and open-air shower. Insider Tip: During the harvest season The Vines offers a Winemaking Camp that allows guests to experience every aspect of winemaking from grape sorting to brix analysis, as well as abreakfast in the vineyards, and an authentic asado (barbecue) at day’s end.