Trapiche is a winery in Mendoza, Argentina. It was founded in 1883 and consists of over 1000 hectares between several Mendoza vineyards. It is a two-time winner of the International Wine and Spirit Competition Argentinian Wine Producer of the Year award and is the largest producer of wine in Argentina. It is owned by Grupo Peñaflor, one of the first ten wine producers in the world.
Costa & Pampa started as an experiment, and actually, it is still considered as such. With quite different weather and altitude than Mendoza, and only 6km away from the sea, the area is now able to produce quality whites and sparkling in one of the most popular holiday destinations in the country, Mar del Plata.
How to get there
The map above shows the best path according to Google from the bus terminal, just to use as a reference. The best way to go is to take Avenida Independencia, which changes the name a couple of times, and then take the road named C.749. This road is in a very bad state, so the least you can drive on it the better. If you are on the coast, you can also take the same awful road, but it would be much longer.
We took the opportunity to visit the new trendy area of Chapadmalal, in the south of Mar del Plata. We had lunch at Casa Pampa and later some drinks at La Hosteria Bar & Hostel. The former offer “cabañas” for rent and has a great restaurant, which speciality are grilled meat and fish. The latter offers cheap accommodation and has a brewery and taproom.
The tour takes an hour and a half in total. It comprises an introductory talk and video in the reception room, a walking tour to see the vineyards and some of the production equipment, all with detailed explanations and time for questions, and the tasting.
During the tasting, you will be able to try 4 wines, two of them from the Costa & Pampa line (Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio) and two from Fond de Cave (Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec).
Tours are available with reservations only (book here), from Wednesday to Sundays and bank holidays, between 9 am and 5 pm. There are no lunch or any food at the moment, although they are planning to start some sunsets sessions, with some nibbles in the late afternoon.
The picture above shows the complete range of wines in the Costa & Pampa line, as follows:
- Pinot Grigio
- Pinot Noir
- Brut Rose
- Extra Brut
They are also producing other types but they were not for sale at the time of visiting, such as Riesling. At the end of the tour, you will have time to but all these wines plus most of the wines from Trapiche Mendoza.