Colonia del Sacramento UNESCO World Cultural Heritage

Colonia del Sacramento UNESCO World Cultural Heritage  |  429 MAGAZINE  |  Dear followers and friends, my weekly column on Luxury Gay Travel for 429 MAGAZINE at the leading and world’s largest LGBTA Professional Network www.dot429.com, is OUT and ONLINE. This week on Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay. Check it out and till next adventure in full luxury. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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La Vigna Country House Hotel

La Vigna Country House Hotel |  Colonia Valdense , Uruguay | New York Times TOP 41 Places to Visit 2011. In 1880, it was set up as a Winery belonging to a family of Italian immigrants from italian Piedmont dedicated to Tannat winemaking. Today, more than 120 years after that, “La Vigna” is born as a warm and exclusive Country House Hotel, rigorously restored by its current owners.
A new concept in the Art of Reception… featuring a congenial combination of indigenous country life and the exquisite comfort required by the demanding contemporary traveler.  A haven in the country offering serenity, homemade delicacies, and heavenly landscapes that invite you to relax and enjoy a balanced mixture of European rural architecture and avant-garde exotic, refined interior design.
Colonia Valdense, located in the department of Colonia, known for agricultural and livestock production, and dairy products. Only 59 kilometers from Colonia del Sacramento and 120 kilometers from Montevideo.
Rustic Rooms with all the comfort for your stay. Queen or Twin size beds, kitchenette, WiFi. Prices from USD 100 per  night including breakfast. Room Type of your choice: Master Suite “La Violeta”, Suite “Akanana”, Family Room, Single Room, Twin Room.

Casa Toscana is a house with two bedrooms, bathroom, living room, kitchenette, laundry, garage, deposit, patio, deck, roof with adobe oven and panoramic views.
Some of the activities included in the country house hotel are Mountain Bikes to get around the area and Bike tours. Art Workshop. Fishing: Catch & Throw of Tarariras Mojarras Dientudos. Ranch activities, Tambo, Organic Gardening, Birdwatching and Hiking. Swimming pool, Table Games and Library.
They offer a very interesting La Vigna + Colonia del Sacramento + Wineries of Uruguay Package (03 Days/02 Nights) from USD 660 per person on double base. The package includes: Transfers Colonia del Sacramento to Colonia Valdense, 02 nights with breakfast at La Vigna, all meals included with local produce and wines served at Bitro La Bodega. On the second day the include the Uruguay Wine Route tour including lunch at Bodega Souza and Wine Degustations at Stagnari, Bouza and Marichal Wineries.
Every  Saturday and Sundays , La Vigna Wine Art opens its doors to welcome the arts…tango, drama, fusion, photography, jazz, sculptures… Rejoice for the five senses and pleasure for the soul. Housed in that old family winery, a new concept is born: “La Vigna- Wine Art”. A versatile and heterogeneous place: At times, your living-room at home; sometimes, a mountain refuge in the Piedmont countryside (of a remote Colonia Valdense); and at other times, just a meeting place to share and enjoy with friends. A place to listen to good music, taste some of the specialty regional cheese “boards”, tapas and homemade delicacies, served with good wine, or simply a place to relax and linger at.
At “La Vigna”, they make their own food products, which are based on the care of and respect for nature and a healthy lifestyle. Their Organic Garden, their ecology-concerned and respectful breeding of farm animals, their sheep milk products made in their Dairy Farm: La Pecora Pazza, and their fruit trees provide them with the raw materials necessary to create each of the flavors offered by La Vigna’s organic gourmet cuisine, at LV Bistró. They produce traditional Jams, Liqueurs, Chutneys and Preserves, in addition to some extravagant products exclusively created by “La Vigna”. For the diner time, stylish, exotic and colorful dishes merge into those taken from Italian immigrant communities of the Piedmont region, which, for the past 130 years, have been coming here to settle down at this spot of South America, imbuing everything with their European smells and essences..

These are only some of the activities and services you can enjoy while visiting Colonia Valdense and La Vigna Country House Hotel. Not for nothing The New York Times ranked it TO 41 Places to Visit 2011, right. !!!
Easy access either from the city of Buenos Aires, by Speed Ferry to Colonia del Sacramento (50 minutes) or from Montevideo by bus services (2 hours and 30 minutes)

(*) NOTE: This is a PRESS RELEASE for La Vigna from CM by Carlos Melia. Please be aware that I have not personally visited or tested this hotel yet. Coming soon my own personal review following my main commitment of Been There Done That.

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Wine Tasting by ANUVA Wines @ Buenos Aires

Today Sunday @ 6PM sharp, I took part of an exquisite WINE TASTING hosted by ANUVA Wines. This take place everyday (bookings are mandatory, no walk ins) @ the brand new french style chateau and Boutique Hotel Rendez-Vous Buenos Aires.
Intimate tastings, where guests are introduced to five, limited-production Argentine wines from throughout the country’s main wine producing regions, including Mendoza, Salta, and San Juan. Wines featured range from the typically Argentine Malbec and Torrontés to the lesser known Bonarda and Tannat. Guests are also often treated to Argentine Sparklings, Merlots, Syrah, and Blends. Tastings are casual and informative events catered to every level of wine expertise, and are offered both in Spanish or English. They cover the basics of wine tastings to more in depth conversations about Argentine wine history, its culture and terroirs. (picture: Sarah Bons • Wine Tasting Guide and Expert).
(05) limited production wines from boutique wineries across Argentina. (05) specific food pairings. A chat about Mendoza, Buenos Aires, Argentina, terroir, wine culture and more. Easy, fast and affordable shipping to the U.S. The cost of the WINE Tastings are: (USD 40 x person) / Private for 01 Person (USD 80). For bookings please do not hesitate to Contact ME or book ONLINE @ ANUVA Wines
The whole group at the degustation. My absolute favorite that I kept asking for more and more, was the Sangiovese grape – Callejon del Crimen.

ANUVA Wines
also offers the service of Shipping and Exporting Argentinean wines to the United States.  As Sarah explained to me …” Anuva Wines is the first and only company in Buenos Aires that provides private wine tastings, a wine club, and affordable international wine shipping services…”. Thank You Sarah for your invitation and for sharing all these great information. CM

TANNAT the Uruguayan Grape ?

TANNAT the Uruguayan Grape ? |  Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay  | Tannat is a red wine grape, historically grown in South West France in the Madiran AOC and is now one of the most prominent grapes in Uruguay, where it is considered the “national grape”. It is also grown in Argentina, Australia, Brazil and in Italy’s Puglia region where it is used as a blending grape.Tannat wines produced in Uruguay are usually quite different in character from Madiran wines, being lighter in body and lower in tannins. It is also used to make Armagnac and full bodiedrosé. In France, efforts to solve the harsh tannic nature of the grape lead to the development of the winemaking technique known as micro-oxygenation.  Continue reading TANNAT the Uruguayan Grape ?