Surrounded by historic vines in Mendoza's beautiful region of Luján de Cuyo, Mendel is the vision of renowned winemaker Roberto de la Mota and business partner Anabelle Sielecki. Why the name Mendel you might ask? Mendel is the first name of Anabelle's father who built the original winery in which Mendel now resides. Roberto and Anabelle brought the property back to life and are now producing some of the best wines in Argentina.
This historic property with its old world charm makes it an experience worth seeking. Some of that charm comes in the way of how creatively they have used their limited storage space. They have ingeniously converted some of their old oversized concrete fermentation tanks into intimate barrel rooms and their wine cellar. This was the first time we had seen this done and we absolutely loved the idea.
Mendel's historic 1928 Malbec vines are the backbone of this exciting project. Situated on their estate, these vines are producing some amazing Malbec wines. Here you can find Malbecs that reflect the traditional ways in which the grape has been showcased for generations and wines that reflect new profiles of this delicious grape. The 2017 Finca Remota Malbec is one that made the trip back with us, but we certainly wished that we had more space in our luggage for a few more of their labels.
If you are heading to Mendoza and are looking for a family run winery which focuses on making great wines and first class hospitality, Mendel should be on your list. You will feel at home during your visit at Mendel so make sure to give yourself enough time to take in and enjoy this wonderful experience.