Approaching this ultra-modern winery on a lonely dirt road, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d discovered a flying saucer instead. But, as your tour guide will tell you, every part of the futuristic building has a function—whether it’s to make the best use of gravity or to direct the sometimes brutal winds that whip through. Using both local and international expertise, the Spanish Ortega Gil-Fournier family aims to produce the highest-quality wines here. Their
grapes—planted in rocky, sandy soil on three estates at an altitude of 1,200 meters (3,940 feet)—are delivered by truck to rolling vats on the roof; after being hand sorted, they slide down to the first floor, where they are gently crushed; they then go down into fermenting tanks, and finally to the basement to age in oak barrels. Wine Spectator consistently gives the resulting reds scores in the 90s. If you need a further incentive to come, consider Urban ($$$), the on-site restaurant: at lunchtime, chef Nadia de Ortega creates innovative entrées that pair gracefully with the many wines served.
Los Indios s/n, La Consulta, Mendoza, 5567, Argentina