ART & WINE







Specially conceived for art lovers, this tour combines the visit of Fader Museum in Luján de Cuyo, the Wine Museum in La Rural, in Maipú and an awesome asado lunch in Bodega Zuccardi.

Luján de Cuyo was not only the birthplace for the best Malbecs of the world, it was also the home of renowned artists. One of the main exponents of Argentinean painting was Fernando Fader. He spent his childhood in Mendoza because his father built the first hydroelectric plant for the city, in Cacheuta, (visit in the High Mountain Tour link here). His life was intimately connected with Lujan Producers: while he was painting for Mr. Emilio Guiñazú, he fell in love with the bodeguero’s daughter and they eventually married. Nowadays, Mr Guiñazu’s house bears the Museum of Provincial Art, a visit that we propose to you in this tour.

Fader was sent to Europe to learn art, and in Germany he developed his characteristic impressionist style, which he used to immortalize Argentinean landscapes and traditions. Nowadays their paintings also hang in the best museums of Argentina and have reached the highest points in national auctions. The museum holds paintings by several acclaimed artist from Mendoza, including Victor Delhez engravings. Two rooms are really worth visiting: the “bath room”, in whose walls Fader painted bath scenes, lakes and swans; and the hall room, which he decorated with vineyards, in both cases in oil painting.

Our tour continues in the Maipú producing region. A winery full of history awaits us. Bodega La Rural is not only famous for his worldwide acclaimed Rutini Wines. Holding  a tradition of more than 120 years, this winery is also the home of the most important wine museum in the country. Among the treasures that are kept in the museum you will find a lagar from colonial times, as well as tools and an impressive collection of toneles (barrels) of many different sizes. These oak containers, widely used in the last century, were home made by the tonelero, an essential figure of those days wineries.

A last close encounter with the art occurs in Bodega Zuccardi. The winery main hall displays temporary exhibitions of contemporary artists from Mendoza. It is also a place where you can taste a wide range of wines and also premium olive oil in their three different varietals: arauco, manzanilla & frantoio. The visit ends with a wonderful asado lunch.