About This Listing
Bodega Calle is located in Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. The main house and winery were built in 1925 by Claudio Erice and sit together on the same property. The house is marvelous with huge vaulted ceilings, original antique tile and hardwood floors. It has a living room, a large parlor, a huge ballroom, a full kitchen, one fireplace, one wood stove and an outside wood fired "asado" grill. There are 2 private suites in the house and up to one bedroom more in the guest house. The main house includes 3 full private bathrooms and up to 1 private bathroom more attached to the guesthouse.
Bodega Calle was brought back into production in 2001 and is just adjacent to the main house. The winery's award winning brands are Alberti 154 and Ca' de Calle. The house is located in Drummond, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza and is the best possible proximity to wine country as you will save about a half hour each way to the wine tasting destinations you choose each day. You will be in the heart of the "wine area". Also, for an extra fee, we can prepare certain meals you might like to have ready after a long day out and about. Bring your family or friends for an wonderful experience you will not soon forget.
Guests have access to the entire house and it is rented to only one group at a time. Nothing is shared.
Interaction with Guests
The house is quite private and you will not be bothered. There is a winery staff Monday to Friday that are around if you need anything, but they do not enter the house.
This is a historic home built by one of the original pioneers of the Argentine wine industry. As such, the house must be taken care of as if it was your own. The home has an alarm and a security system. Before you finish checking into the house, take time to familiarize yourself with the alarm details to avoid a false alarm. Please, no more than 8 people may stay at the winery at one time. Also, we only book to one group at a time to insure your privacy. At no time will you find yourself sharing the house with people you don't know.
We can provide food and a cook if need be to be billed separately. Ask us if interested in having an event such as a wedding reception. We can help with the details.
If you are interested in wine tasting. We are friends with many top suppliers in the area and can be of service with that as well. See (website hidden) for more info and to preview our suppliers.
Finally, the security deposit is only used for major breakage or missing items. We don't go out of our way to take money from your security deposit. Be considerate of the house and everything will be fine.
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This is a unique rental and the building is charming. This is a fully functioning winery right in the heart of the wine producing area of Mendoza. We were given a tour of the facilities on arrival and were spoilt for choice with the number of other wineries we could visit within walking distance.
We had a large group, thirteen in all, which the host was flexible in accommodating. The building had plenty of space as did the property in general and the communal areas were spacious even for a group our size.
We had a problem with the water cutting off after a power cut (during a storm) on our last night which complicated things quite a bit, especially during the holiday weekend. The owner assures me, at the time of writing, that we will be compensated for this unfortunate episode and the limited response which was a consequence of a rare set of circumstances.
So sorry that the water briefly cut out. This had never happened before and not likely to ever happen again since we store about 25,000 liters of water on the property. Of course this would have to happen during a holiday! Again, very sorry and glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. Kind regards, Kirk
Romina, the winery manager, was an excellent contact for the property. Matteo, the vintner, gave an excellent tour of the operation. I have done several wine tastings/tours and this one was by far the most thorough and enjoyable, Having the actual vintner give the tour was a real treat and made a huge difference. Their wines are excellent and have won many awards. Matteo is from a multi-generation Italian wine making family.
The property is just outside of the downtown center of Luan de Cuyo. Like most of Argentina there is a certain run down quality to it. We noticed this even in Mendoza near the posh hotels and in Buenes Aires in all but the very top end neighborhoods.
Kirk is making major improvements to the property and I expect that if these are completed satisfactorily he will have a real diamond in the rough. In other words he will not be able to give you a "center of a vineyard" experience as the house is in a town.
Finally until AC is installed I might not choose this property again for the month of January but I live in Florida and am used to AC pretty much anytime I sleep.
I wish Kirk mucho gusto in his efforts to save and make great again Calle Bodega.
The host made us feel welcome by showing us around the house and giving us complimentary bottles of wine. Romina was very helpful and responsive. It was easy to take advantage of nearby wineries, but consider renting a car or be prepared to pay for taxi rides to get to central mendoza or other neighborhoods.
We visited a few weeks ago and were satisfied with the accommodations here. It is great for a group of ideally 6 people (4 bunk room, 2 in a master bedroom). The common areas were great and having access to the laundry facility was really helpful. However I want to point out that the house is still in transition - there is currently no AC in the bedrooms, no screens on the windows (Mosquitos are a problem), towels and sheets are fairly worn,...all in all more similar to a 2-3 star hotel. The location is lujan is also very "local" - you'll need to rely on cabs that are easily available to and from Mendoza city or many wineries in lujan.
The best part of this place is the service, notably the house caretaker, Romina. Romina is super patient, speaks English well, and was so helpful in assisting us with planning our winery bookings, bike tour, and other ventures out of the house. We had a bike accident and she was super helpful as we needed to figure out medical assistance during our trip. All in all, her help made this visit a great trip. If staying, I recommend working with Romina and booking out your Mendoza itinerary with her assistance!
Thank you for your comments,
Just to clear up a miscomprehension. We continuously provide new towels and sheets to the winery for guest use. If they weren't provided, it is because they were left in the supply cabinet. Our housekeeper is on maternity leave for the next couple months so somebody didn't know to look there. I really apologize for that.
Romina really tries to help guests with their multitude of requests, but she should not be counted on as a concierge as she already has a full time job as the winery's operation assistant. We have priced this historic chalet at only $200 a night which means $25 a bed to help us afford to continuously remodel and enhance the house to its original grandeur. We charge a very moderate price for a family winery experience with only a few rough edges. Given that it is 5 star building in a 3-4 star state of remodel and with a staff with 5 star consideration, but only 3 star available time, it cannot currently be more stars without markedly increasing the tariff. Thank (website hidden) - We do not recommend bike tours in Mendoza wine country. The streets are narrow without shoulders and unless you are an accomplished road cyclist, you are taking great risks competing with the cars and trucks that use them.
This was a terrific find. Bodega Calle was our own private vineyard oasis in Mendoza. And with welcome bottles of wine, the vineyard was most gracious in accommodating our requests and making recommendations for vineyard visits. We also greatly appreciated the Bodega setting up a private asado one evening -- it was quite the treat!
While the living area is quite generous, do note that this lodging offers only two bedrooms: one with a queen and one with four single beds. Overall, we greatly enjoyed our stay and found the recommendations and the pictures quite representative of the experience.
Our stay at Bodega Calle was unforgettable! The house is amazing, the dogs are super fun and lovable, their wine is fantastic and the experience itself was truly unique.
My family and I (total of 7 people) stayed at the main house. We chose to move the mattress of the additional room outside the house to the main house so we could all stay close. It worked perfectly.
We were heading to Mendoza by car from Villa María, and one of our cars had a serious problem which had to be fixed right away, which caused us to arrive 1,5 hour late at Bodega Calle, from the time we said we were going to arrive. Since our phones didn't work and we had no internet the whole way there, we couldn't reach Kirk or our hostess Romina. So, when we got there, understandably was no one there to welcome us, so the neighbor restaurant let us use their phone and internet so we could reach Romina and Kirk, and soon after Romina was there to open up the house to us and show us around the property. As soon as we saw the whole we knew it would be one of those places we would talk about for years.
Strongly recommend it to anyone going to Mendoza! Just make sure you have their phones ready to call in case anything comes up on your way there.
Thanks Bodega Calle and the 3 wonderful dogs!
About the Host, Kirk
Project Manager and General Manager on the first American winery built in Mendoza. Pioneering importer of fine wines from Latin America. President, Elixir Wine Group, Bend Oregon, Owner of Bodega Calle Winery in Mendoza, Producer of La Yunta wines from Argentina, Jubileo wines from Valle de Guadalupe Mexico, and Ermisch 'Erendira's Rise' Pinot Noir from Oregon and Executive Producer and co-Director of the documentary 'Boom Varietal, The Rise of Malbec'. (website hidden).