I would seriously say FIRST CLASS, we are from Australia & after having read reviews online, decided to book for ourselves. Everything perfect, selection of wines, vineyards, guide, lunch. It would be impossible to say which winery was our favorite, as the four we visited were all quite different. Having said that, it was one of the reasons that it was so enjoyable. Being able to compare the various establishments was what made the tour so interesting. We just LOVE Argentinian wine and the ones we sampled on the tour were heavenly. One last comment is that we also enjoyed the other six people on the tour. Eight was just the right number.
Di Kershaw, Sydney, Australia
We booked online. The office staff was very responsive. We enjoyed each of the wineries on the tour and also the fantastic scenery provided by the Valle de Uco. The effort to educate about the wine making process and wineries as a whole was very interesting. Our guide was very helpful in this process as he was very knowledgeable and also very personable. We left feeling very satisfied with the experience, and with a greater interest in Argentine wines.
Cullen Ruegemer, San Francisco, CA
We are not wine connoisseurs but it turned out to be an excellent tour for us. It was for a small group of 6 wine enthusiasts and we got lots of personal attention everywhere. The choice of wineries was well thought - large, medium to boutique. The choice of wines for tasting was very good. We met wine makers personally to hear their philosophies. The highlight of the tour was the elaborate lunch. Maria Jose kept us entertained throughout the day with lots of interesting information about the history of wine in Mendoza.
Ash Varma, New Delhi, India
Our experience was that it was extremely easy to contact Ampora and make arrangements for our tours. Both of our guides were very knowledgeable - not only about the wineries we visited but also about the Argentinian wine industry in general. And, we liked the selection of wineries - particularly the fact that no "factory" wineries were included. We will happily recommend Ampora to anyone we know who is considering a visit to Mendoza.
Tom & Kelly Fratar, Berkeley, CA
My wife and I took the Maipu tour end of November and it is one of the best memories of our Argentinean vacations. We admit that because of the price our expectations were very high, but the tour still exceeded them. We first had the good surprise to see that we were the only participants: this means private guide and driver! Of course the primary aim of the tour was to taste wines, and in particular top-quality wines. Needless to say that we were not disappointed. We visited two wineries in the morning, received each time very detailed explanations from the local staff and could taste some marvelous wines in a beautiful environment. The perfect weather and our lovely and very knowledgeable guide made the picture to be perfect, but we ignored at this point that the best was still to come. After the wine tasting, time for lunch came. We were driven to a beautiful estate owned by a well-known Argentinean family and warmly received by Vicky, one of the familys daughter. We had the opportunity to visit the house that dominates the estate. We finally enjoyed a traditional and very tasty asado in the garden, below a big tree, and in a very relaxing atmosphere. We had the impression to be part of the family! Several wines produced by the family were served to accompany the dish. We spent about 3 hours in the estate and we really had the feeling that we were living a very unique experience, perfectly similar to what life of local people was. This was not touristic at all and this is likely the aspect that explains why we enjoyed this tour so much. We would like to say Thank You to our wonderful guide and to all the persons who warmly received us. We will remember this day for a very long time.
Nicolas Antille, Lausanne, Switzerland
Ampora is truly amazing. They picked us up and dropped us off right on time. Alex our guide was knowledgeable and very personal. The vineyards we toured were top notch, we experienced great wines in a nice atmosphere. At each stop we were expected and greeted by an enthusiastic host or hostess in a timely manner. We highly recommend Ampora.
John Infanti, Sea Isle City, NJ
Everything was great - from the knowledge of the host, to the wineries selected, to the food! We had a great time on our honeymoon!
Parik Shah, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
We couldn't have been more pleased with our Ampora wine tour experience, from the group size to the wineries selected, we felt that we got wonderful insight into the winemaking culture and industry of Argentina. We'd recommend Ampora to anyone looking to enhance their visit.
Leslie, Washington, DC
Excellent service, very friendly & knowledgeable staff, delicious wines and food. Highly recommended.
Mike Walsh, San Francisco, CA
Excellent online communication. Tour was well planned. Good timing. Never felt rushed or like we had too much time. Wineries were great. Food was amazing. Guide was great.
Jason Gehrmann, Minneapolis, MN
I can only repeat what others have said. I found the company very efficient and helpful. My two days of wine tours were well organized and our guide not only knowledgeable but friendly and informative. Both days were highly enjoyable - the lunch at Ruca Malen was indeed one of the highlights - but each winery visit provided something different. This was a great introduction to the wines of Mendoza!
Michael MacKenzie, Cape Town, South Africa
The experience was very favorable from the initial online contact and booking. (We were also impressed that the receptionist at the Villaggio Hotel confirmed with Ampora the pick up time immediately after our arrival in the hotel without us specifically asking him to do so). The selection of wineries was very good ranging from large well known like Alta Vista to Caelum, a smaller family operation. The lunch with wine tasting at Melipal was superb, both the meal and the environment. The tour guide was well informed, knowledgeable, and even succeeded in paying personal attention to each member of the tour group (there were 7 of us from different countries and different age groups). It would be difficult and unfair to select one favorite wine or winery - everywhere we were received with utmost attention and friendliness by professional PR staff and had an opportunity to taste premium wines. Special mention would deserve Piattelli where we were escorted through the operation by the winemaker herself. Overall, the wine tour with Ampora was a very enjoyable experience, good value for money, and leaves us with fond memories of Mendoza and Argentinean quality wines.
Olga Svoboda, Johannesburg, South Africa
The tour was excellent and I cannot find a single fault with any of it. The guide was funny, intelligent, and very likeable. The wineries were beautiful, the lunch was amazing, and the whole day went by perfectly. Cannot put into words how much we enjoyed it, and will recommend to anyone wanting to do a wine tour in Mendoza. Muchas gracias chicos, lo pasamos muy, pero muy bien.
Ivan Losada, Australia
Wonderful experience. The size of the group on the tour is perfect. I left a bottle of wine on the bus at the end of day one and Ampora found the bottle and got it safely back to me. I really appreciate the high level of customer service and would definitely recommend to friends. My favorite experience was lunch at Melipal.
Lisa Rigdon, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Staff was very helpful when we were booking our trip, and even in making recommendations for other day trips! We really enjoyed our winery tour of Lujan de Cuyo - the wineries that we visited were excellent and the lunch provided was one of the best meals we had during our trip to Argentina! Our guide was fantastic and we had a wonderful time with Ampora!
Chelsey Smardo, Alexandria, VA
This is the first review that I've ever written for anything. I felt compelled to write this because Ampora is simply amazing. My friends and I opted for the special Christmas Eve tour. To this day, we all agree that our day with Ampora was the highlight of our entire trip to South America. Booking was simple, efficient, and very professional from start to finish. Our guide Luciana was awesome! We appreciated her knowledge and passion for wines and Mendoza. Most of all, she was friendly and very patient. The wineries and special lunch that was chosen was simply the best
my friends and I felt like we were on an episode of Top Chef! I would recommend a tour with Ampora to anyone who plans to visit Mendoza. It's refreshing to meet people who love and excel at what they do. Thank you Ampora!!!
Kara Morita, Honolulu, Hawaii
I found the details for your company in the Lonely Planet. From my initial contact via email all of the correspondence were very efficient and effective. The professional, friendly and speedy responses are what won you the business. Our accommodation was first rate. I have already recommended both your company and the hotel (Casa Glebinias) to two other people that are shortly visiting Mendoza. Everything about the tour was excellent. Our guide ensured that we did not get overload of any particular wine and ensured that we really got a taste of all that the region has to offer. The guide's knowledge of the region and wines was first rate. Our lunch was excellent - we really enjoyed it.
Sonia Brown, London, UK
From start (booking) to finish (an incredible day), your trip was amazing! The office staff was very helpful in working with me to do an Uco Valley trip on a day when it was not scheduled. I never could have planned the day we had. Our guide, Maria J., was charming, intelligent, friendly and really knowledgeable. Our stops at Andeluna, Clos de los Siete, and O'Fournier were really perfect. I don't know if all your groups are as amenable as ours but it was great to meet and get to know two other couples on the trip. Lunch at Fournier was perhaps the best meal we had on our trip to Argentina. The setting was incomparable, the food great and the wine pairing perfect. We had the chance to meet Natalie, the chef, and compliment her on an incredible meal. Keep up the great work...for visitors with limited time in Mendoza, you created the ultimate wine day.
Jim McTarnaghan, San Francisco, CA
We thoroughly enjoyed our wine tour and felt that everything was well organized, prompt and efficient. Our guide and all the host guides were so knowledgeable and interesting. I liked the fact that each winery was very different from the next and felt we got a very good sampling of wines. The lunch was beautifully presented with a view of the amazing mountains as our background. We recommended your tour to several people as we continued our trip in your wonderful country. Best wishes for a successful future.
Joan Marsh, Enterprise, AL
I took both of the tours (Luján de Cuyo and Valle de Uco) and each one was excellent. There was a different guide for each tour and both were extremely knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. The quality of the wines tasted was high. The lunches exceeded all expectations four to five courses, beautifully presented, delicious and well paired with the wines. Because I was also blessed with the best possible mid-December weather (sunny, warm and with wonderful views of the Andes), I don't believe I would have changed a thing. The glowing reviews on TripAdvisor that made me want to book with Ampora as opposed to any of the other tour companies were absolutely accurate. In addition, the logistics of communicating with the office staff by e-mail, booking online, being picked up at my hotel, and traveling from one winery to the next were all handled most efficiently and professionally. I would unqualifiedly recommend Ampora to anyone seeking to maximize his or her enjoyment of what Mendoza is most famous for.
Marc Gordon, Charlotte, NC
I chose Ampora wine tours based on online recommendations and was extremely pleased with our experience. The online booking was very easy and the staff was very helpful with assisting us in our other travel plans in Mendoza. We have toured wineries around the world and these were by far the best guided tours we have ever taken. We went on both of their tours. The wineries that we visited were top notch boutique wineries and the wines sampled were outstanding, often some of their best and most expensive offerings. The lunches were all delicious. We absolutely loved our guides and hope we can convince them to visit us in the US so we can give them tours of the Washington wine areas. Alex is incredibly knowledgeable, having grown up in a winemaking family and currently studying winemaking at the university. Majo was also great, also very knowledgeable about wine and the Argentinean wine industry, having worked in marketing for a winery. The guides at the wineries were delightful and very helpful. I can't think of anything that you could improve!
Allison Odenthal, Tacoma, WA
Great to do this in reasonably small groups. No mass-tourism! Impressed by the fast response and efficiency in planning my trip! Great logistics and excellent treatment as a vegan (in a meat dominated country - di-wine!)! The winery visits were well organized, impressive wine tastings with a personal touch! Our guide was fantastic, very profound and an extremely knowledgeable, pleasant person! Not much to improve, but keep it up! Hope to be back soon for more!
Karoline Schmid, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Everything was fantastic. The office staff was so helpful and responsive during the booking process. Our guide Majo was wonderful - knowledgeable and friendly, as were the guides at the wineries. The day was well-paced; we never felt rushed to get to the next stop. There was a great variety in the size and atmosphere of the wineries visited. And lunch was delicious, a much better meal than I was expecting. I'd enthusiastically recommend your tours, and would definitely book with you again if I'm lucky enough to return to Mendoza in the future!
Andrea Gudeon, Washington, DC
Starting with my first email on-line, to the booking, the planning of the tour, the tour itself, the wineries, the guide - every contact/experience I had was very professional, friendly and top-notch. The booking process was very easy to do and I always received a response to any questions I had via email promptly. Once in Mendoza, the gals at the office were so friendly and easy for me to understand (since I speak English!). The tour was amazing. There were 6 total in our group and by the end of the day we were all friends. We even ended up all going to dinner together. The guide we had was very knowledgeable and nice. And the winery visits were all wonderful. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone and everyone!
Kathlene Willock, Long Beach, CA
I really loved the variety of wineries visited in the tour. During our time with Ampora we got to visit small family owned wineries with a lot of passion and experience, all the way to the large label winery operations. The tour guides had a huge amount of knowledge about the region, the wineries and everything else related with our visit that helped us have an exceptional time on our tours of the Uco Valley and Luján de Cuyo. Finally, the meals that we experienced on these tours have ruined us for the future, since they were as varied and delicious as could be.
Mike and Melissa T., Austin, TX
We could not have been more pleased with our two days with Ampora Wine Tours. We booked the tours from the U.S. and the response was quick, professional and friendly. The tours were fantastic (we were clearly treated like VIPs), the transportation was really nice, the wine tour guides were knowledgeable and friendly, and the lunches at the wineries were wonderful (two of us are vegetarians and the lunches were still top notch). We had a great time in Mendoza and will use Ampora should we return in the future!
Paula Knight, Argyle, TX
I can only say wonderful things about our tour and it was one of the highlights of our trip to Argentina. Everything was incredibly straightforward; from the initial online booking and the email communication with the Ampora Wine team before we left the UK, to the pick-up arrangements on the actual day. I was blown-away by the wineries that were selected for our visit. They were second to none and the quality of the wine tastings was excellent. The lunch at O'Fournier was better than any wine tour lunch I have enjoyed anywhere in the world and one of the most unusual of settings. Our guide was fabulous; incredibly knowledgeable about the wines and her industry and a pleasure to spend the day with.
Sarah Griffiths, London, UK
We thought the whole process was great! Online booking was simple and efficient. The wineries were all beautiful and interesting, at least as good as those we've been to in Napa, if not better. The tours were informative and fun. Maria was especially well-informed (and a really nice person, too). We were happy that we decided to go on both tours. We saw a real variety of wineries and the lunches were the best meals we had during our entire trip to Argentina
Marilyn Glynn, Great Falls, VA
While Ampora was a bit more expensive than other wine tours in Mendoza, it was an outstanding experience and worth every penny. Our wonderful guide not only spoke flawless English but she was deeply knowledgeable about the winemaking industry and answered even newbie questions with an eagerness to teach. The scenery was gorgeous and the wines were stellar and the food memorable, but our guide was what made the trip unforgettable! Five stars from start to finish.
M.J. Lanum, Los Angeles, CA
We were picked up at our hotel right on time in a very comfortable, air conditioned van. Our group of six was great; it included experienced wine drinkers to inexperienced folks (us). Our tour guide was superb; she made us feel very comfortable and answered all of our questions. She was very friendly and positive. We enjoyed the diversity of the wineries we visited, great to see a new, small winery and a large, well established winery. We learned a great deal about wine making, wine types and the operation of wineries. Lunch at Ruca Malen was outstanding; probably the best meal we had in Argentina! Our wine tour was a highlight of our trip to Argentina. Wonderful job Ampora!
Denise Reed, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
At each winery, there was a staff person dedicated to our visit. Along with the tour, they were knowledgeable about the vintages and formulation of the wines. Which years were better and why. The wines we sampled were from their high end lines, not the stuff they sample on the regular tours. The lunch was outstanding. Excellent cuisine matched for the different wines (different wine for each course, 6 courses). Relaxed and unhurried, each course was small but at the end you are totally satisfied. The tour was paced very well. No needless waiting, the shuttle was always ready to move on to the next bodega and they were always ready for us when we arrived. Our Ampora guide did an excellent job too, tying everything together.
Glen Reynolds, Columbia, MD
Everything about our tour was wonderful! We were wishing we had scheduled a second outing! The wineries selected were great as was the lunch that we had at Melipal. Myva was an excellent tour guide; we truly enjoyed spending the day with her and the other guests on the tour. Thanks again for everything. If we ever make it back that direction, we will definitely join you again!
Deneale Hodges, Dallas, TX
Everything was great! The wineries, wines, lunch, and especially our tour guide: She was very friendly, knowledgeable, and one could tell that she had a very good relationship with all the representatives of the wineries and restaurant that we visited. Our tour was one of the highlights of our trip and I would recommend your company to anyone who I hear is planning a trip to Argentina. Thanks!
Michael Macuk, Los Angeles, CA
My husband and I had a fantastic time on the Uco Valley tour. Beautiful scenery, great wineries, a fun group, and a delicious lunch. Our guide, Luli, was charming, engaging, and very knowledgeable. We definitely recommend you to anyone visiting Mendoza wine country. Thanks for a great day!
Jennifer Kane, Atlanta, GA
From start to finish, this was a wonderful experience. We did both tours and cannot say enough about our wonderful guide, Luli. She was incredibly knowledgeable, helpful and fun. Initially we only planned to do the Luján tour, but I'm glad we did Uco as well because the tours were very different. It was great to see the history of the older Luján wineries and the new technologies at the Uco wineries. The wines we tasted were diverse and really wonderful. The meals were phenomenal, some of the best we had during our stay in Argentina. I cannot say enough how much we enjoyed the tours and how much we appreciated Luli's expertise. When I asked for extra help in filming some of the locations for the U.S. television network that I work for, she went above and beyond securing permission and helping me get what I needed. I will definitely recommend the tour to others heading to the region and hope to come back soon!
Sarah Rooney, Washington, DC
We were picked up on time and I was very impressed with the wineries we visited, not to mention the gorgeous views with the Andes in the background. Our tour guide was nice and easy to talk to, and extremely knowledgeable about the region, the wines and the wine-making process. The small group tour was the perfect way to go. And the gourmet lunch with different wines was exquisite! We loved the overall experience. It was a great day and one of my favorite parts of my entire trip. I would definitely recommend it to any wine lovers visiting Mendoza.
Natalie Roszel, Austin, TX
We booked on line, as usual. No problems. I love that you work with us and show us new vineyards each time we visit Mendoza. You have a real asset with Alex. He is very knowledgeable about wine and the area. He can give a real honest appraisal of the area and it's wines. As always, the lunches are excellent! We loved O'Fournier and Salentein. and Piattelli was also very good.
Anna O'Farrell, La Serena, Chile
This was our second time to tour with Ampora. We have been very impressed each time. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and friendly. The wineries we have visited have been excellent and the lunches that have been included have been superior. You were flexible and worked with us so we visited new wineries on our second visit. We would highly recommend your company to our friends, and in fact we have.
Anna O'Farrell, La Serena, Chile
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip with Ampora. Our guide was excellent, the tour was well organized and informative, the lunch and the wines were superb. What we most enjoyed was the relaxed and unhurried pace. We really had time to sample great wines and talk with the staff at the wineries. Thank you for a great experience and we hope to use your services again.
David Sloan, Canada
Easy to book, well-planned tour, well-chosen wineries, great tour guide. And we hope to take your other tour next time we come to Mendoza - and, god-willing, we will definitely be back! All in all a thoroughly professional job - never would have realized you are a new company. Feels like you have been doing this for many years. Especially liked seeing wineries of different sizes and styles, and the luncheon was a wonderful interlude with a chance to talk, share, get to know our fellow tour participants. Oh! And the wines: wonderful. We have purchased half a dozen Argentinean wines since returning including two from wineries we visited! Thank you so much.
Claudia and Leo van der Velden, Oosterhout, Netherlands
It was very easy to book the tours online and when I had any questions the customer service was excellent via email. I received a response within a few hours to help in facilitating the trip. The quality of the wine and the diversity of vineyards really exemplified the variations of wine in Mendoza. Our guide was wonderful. She was very friendly, knowledgeable, and had impeccable English. This was definitely the highlight of our honeymoon!
Rachel Chiappetta, Baltimore, MD
Our guide Maria was fantastic. Her approach to wine, which was very easy to understand and not demanding at all was greatly appreciated. It was refreshing to hear her say that each person "tastes" different things in wine and that there is no right or wrong approach. Also her overall knowledge of the area, the process and her country were simply superb. The winery selections were excellent and represented a good cross-section by size. The lunch was awesome. Overall the entire tour was easy to book - FUN - and well worth the cost. I would highly recommend your company to anyone wanting an excellent Mendoza wine experience.
Jerry Ervin, Hudson, MA, USA
Everything was GREAT! Since our trip to South America was thrown together as we went along, it was good to have the whole day planned for us. Each winery was fantastic, our tour guide was awesome (Luciana) and spoke perfect English, and the lunch was delicious. Next time I am in Mendoza, I'll be calling again..
Jared Loftus, Baton Rouge, LA
We booked both tours that are offered. We could not have been more pleased with Ampora Wine Tours! Both of our tour guides, Geraldine and Luciana, were very friendly and knowledgeable. They both also provided us with a lot of other information about Mendoza, which was very helpful in understanding the area we were traveling to. The wineries we visited were amazing! I was so impressed with the tours and the level of attention paid to us. I was not expecting the level of service we received so the tours went above and beyond our expectations.
The wines and lunches were outstanding and since we've been back in the US, we've been looking to find some of the wines we tasted. I was very happy with the planning all around. Being picked up at our hotel and being driven around all day was truly great. The price for the tour itself was very reasonable as well. The only suggestion I could make it to make known upfront that guests are able to purchase the shipping boxes that are specially made to carry wine. We did not know this on our first day of tours and we wish we would have so we could have purchased wine from those wineries. We highly recommend your company. We are looking to return to Mendoza in the future, and if we do, we will be contacting Ampora to set up a tour!
Chris and Marie Knight, Fairfax, VA
We had an excellent experience through the Ampora Wine Tour. Our guide was prompt, friendly, and very informative; she also had excellent communication skills. We visited three wineries in the Uco Valley, all of which offered distinctive and high quality wines. Our lunch at the O'Fournier restaurant was the best during our stay in Mendoza. I would strongly recommend this tour for those looking for a relaxed yet rich tasting and dining experience.
Sarah Dastur, Washington, D.C.
Absolutely everything was perfect. It was by far the best part of our 13 day trip to Argentina. Perhaps the best was our guide. She not only taught us about wine but also about Argentine culture, politics, and history. Anyone planning to visit Argentina should make an Ampora wine tour a priority.
Ridge Bowman, Germantown, MD
Everything was great! Booking online was easy and accurate, the wine tours were very informative, quality of wines tasted were great, lunches fantastic, drivers and guides (Luli and Constanza) were awesome! Thanks so much for a great introduction to the wines of Mendoza!
Ken Godlove, Dallas, TX
The wineries and tastings were excellent, the tour guide wonderful, great lunch. I have already recommended Ampora Wines to two couples who are going to Mendoza. Thank you.
Karen Llewellyn, Los Angeles, CA
I was pleasantly surprised with the nice small size of the group on the wine tour. All of the wineries and lunch were great. It was well worth the money to have a very nice and diverse range of wineries planned out for the day. Our guide spoke excellent English, was knowledgeable, easy to talk to and fun to be around. We very much enjoyed our tour and I have already recommended Ampora to a friend planning a visit in the near future.
A. Sturges, Chicago, IL
The vehicle was comfortable and clean, our driver was very professional and our guide Maria was excellent. I am in the travel industry and was for several years working for a Destination Management Company, so perhaps my comments are pertinent. I understand why the wineries on the itineraries will change each day and may be different from what is shown on your website. All the wineries we visited were very different from each other, which was enjoyable. I would not hesitate to book another tour with you if I visit Mendoza again, knowing that you have some flexibility and do not always operate the same itineraries. Both lunches were fantastic. We enjoyed all the wineries. No duds.
Jean Walden, Sarasota, FL
The tour was easy to book online and the email communication with your staff in the process was very helpful. Transport was timely and good condition. Tour guide was excellent, having a lively fresh approach in excellent English. There was a mix of wine knowledge within the tour group however the day catered for everyone. The 4 wineries were well varied in their backgrounds, our favorite was Pulenta Estate. Many thanks - a great day out - can highly recommend.
Judith Kibble, England
Not only was it easy to book our tour online, but Maria was very knowledgeable and we really enjoyed our day. We also enjoyed the people we were with, a nice mixture from Sweden, Puerto Rico and the U.S. We all had a very good time.
Judy and Lou Shore, Westlake Village, CA
Ampora's wine tour (Uco Valley) was one of the highlights our time in Argentina, in particular having lunch at O'Fournier while viewing the snow-capped mountains of the Andes. Your communication was excellent and enthusiastic and it facilitated our planning without any stress. Cecilia was our guide and she was great. Very informative and knowledgeable, but relaxed and easy-going. She had a very good rapport with the wineries and their staff as well.
Jay Atkinson, Hong Kong
The tour was very easy to book. We were explained very well what the tour would be like. - It was fantastic. We loved all 4 wineries we went to. They were all somewhat unique, and we learned different things at each place. We were very happy with the quality of the wines that we tried at all 4 places. Lunch was delicious, very high quality, including the wine pairings. The transport and pick-up were very good, great idea to have water on board! Our guide Luli was first rate! She was extremely knowledgeable - in fact, she usually knew more than the tour guides! She was very friendly and really added a great vibe to the tour! I can't really think of any improvements. The tour really exceeded our expectations. It is quite an expensive tour, but well worth every penny. Thank you!
Matt Patience, Vancouver, Canada
I wouldn't change a THING. Both tour guides we had (on two different days, of course) were absolutely delightful. Clearly, your relationships with the wineries are strong; I felt so very welcome, everywhere we went. The wineries, the wines and the spokespeople were OUTSTANDING. The lunches and wine pairings were out of this world! I'm getting hungry and thirsty just thinking about it. Thank you so much for making what could have been a quiet trip into the country an unforgettable experience. Best of luck to you in your venture. I can tell you that I, for one, will see you again. Cheers!
Betsy Dee, San Francisco, CA
I had one of the loveliest wine tours I have taken yet. It was beautifully organized, my guide, Luli, was so sweet, charming and knowledgeable, but most importantly, passionate about her job. She really made the whole experience. The bodegas we visited were top of the line and all the tour guides were lovely and charming. Thank you very much for this lovely experience and I will always be glad to recommend Ampora.
Zainab Alkoraishi, San Francisco, CA
I had a magnificent time in Mendoza but the highlight was by far our day trip to the Uco Valley with Ampora tours. We had a wonderful guide who was extremely knowledgeable about wines from the area as well as Argentina in general. We had such a fun relaxed day touring Uco Valley. The views of the Andes from the first two vineyards and the architecture, art works and delicious lunch at O'Fournier were fantastic. In fact, I really believe it was our favorite meal in Argentina. Good luck with your tours in the future and please pass on our best wishes.
Jane Loveday, Sydney, Australia
We booked the tour from the U.S. by email, very easy and friendly. The day begins with a brand new Mercedes van arriving to fetch us at our hotel. Our guide for the day was just as delightful as she could be. Our driver was equally wonderful. The drive to the first vineyard was over some hills, drawing us even closer to the Silver Range of the Andes. The scenery is just too stunning to describe. The three wineries we visited were almost to good to believe. Each is unique in so many ways, but the last one, O'Fournier is hard to top for architecture, presentation, and food! During the day we tasted a wide variety of reds and whites, including showcase Malbecs and Torrontes. Five star. Don't hesitate for a second to spend the day with Ampora.
Kevin Hoffberg, Washington, D.C.
The tour was amazing. Our guide was one of the highlights of the experience but the attention we received at the wineries and the small group atmosphere could not have been better. Lunch was a treat as well. I would suggest this tour to anyone and have already given your name to friends who are heading to Mendoza later this year.
Jeremy Carter, Charlotte, NC
Very friendly and prompt replies to emails. Selection of wineries was excellent, tours and tastings were informative and fun. Our guide was brilliant, very well informed and friendly. Lunch was excellent including vegetarian options. Nothing to improve! Keep up the good work!
Clare McMahon, London, England
We arrived in Mendoza not having booked a tour for the following day, and really appreciated your office being so helpful. We had such a great time. Maria is a terrific guide - very knowledgeable and personable. We really enjoyed the variety in the vineyards we saw and the type of tastings we had. It was a wonderful day, and we would recommend Ampora to anyone visiting Mendoza.
Aurora Ratcliffe, Toronto, Canada
I had a marvellous time on both of my wines tours with your company! The guides were excellent; very knowledgeable and friendly. I travelled throughout South America for 6 weeks, taking many tours along the way and I can honestly say the two wines tours provided by your company were the best! They were well organized and interesting. They perfectly balanced visits to both large and small wineries to give an excellent overview of boutique wineries in Mendoza.
Ann Devine, San Francisco, CA
I can't say enough about how great an experience this was. I came to Mendoza to learn more about the wines and wineries of the region. I couldn't have picked an itinerary myself that would have given me the same knowledge I gained with this one day tour that led me from early historical wineries to the present state of the art facilities. I learned lots just from the tour guide while I was on the bus which prepared me for the tours. And each of the stops had warm enthusiastic winery staff giving us personal attention. The lunch was fantastic. It was so much better to have a wine and food pairing rather than to just stop at a local restaurant. It is easy to see why this would attract very interesting participants from all over the world. I had so much fun talking to them also.
Sandra Long, Santa Cruz, CA
My wife Suzanne and I really enjoyed our visit to Mendoza. Your company provides first-rate service and this was very comforting. Making arrangements for a holiday in a foreign location can be challenging and the enjoyment of a vacation depends to a large extent on how smoothly everything goes. We were thrilled with all aspects so please accept our thanks for all your help.
Daniel Cohen, Portsmouth, VA
Easy to book, well-planned tour, well-chosen wineries, great tour guide. And we hope to take your other tour next time we come to Mendoza - and, god-willing, we will definitely be back! All in all a thoroughly professional job - never would have realized you are a new company. Feels like you have been doing this for many years. Especially liked seeing wineries of different sizes and styles - Carinae and Clos de Chacras were awesome - and the luncheon was a wonderful interlude with a chance to talk, share, get to know fellow tour participants. Oh! And the wines: wonderful. We have purchased half a dozen Argentinean wines since returning including two from wineries we visited! Thank you so much.
Walter Jablonski, Poughkeepsie, NY
The planning of the tour was very good! Selection of the wineries was excellent as well as the transportation, the pick up at the hotel and lunch. Without the guide though, the wine tour wouldn't have been as good. The guide was really excellent and could answer any questions one of us had. Thank you for the great experience in wine tasting.
Julia Günther, München, Germany
Our original plan was to try several different tour wine tour companies since I was planning on writing an article about my trip. But, after our first day, we couldn't imagine touring with any other organization. I was extremely impressed with the knowledge that both of our guides, Maria and Connie, displayed about the wineries we toured and wine-making in general. Their personalities, though, were what made the information they shared interesting and fun. The 2 winery lunches we had were some of the best meals of our trip. Your winery tours were far superior to anything I've experienced anywhere else (e.g. U.S., Australia, or New Zealand). The wine makers shared intimate information about their wine-making processes and details that I'd not heard before. Everything from the pick-up to the guides, to the wineries selected, to the winery tours themselves, were top rate. Even the booking of the tour was extremely easy and customer friendly. We were able to pay in a combination of U.S. dollars and Argentinean pesos which greatly helped us out. Web site is user-friendly as well. Your wine tours were highlights of our trip! Thanks much!
Christie Ross, Topeka, KS
I was on the tour in October and it was a highlight of the trip. The guide was outstanding and so sweet- she seemed more like a really knowledgeable, fun friend who was along for the day with us. We just happened to walk by the shop in Mendoza, and I'm so glad we did!
Leslie Mallman, Chicago, IL
I booked online with no problem and even had several communications afterwards. The tour was great. The vineyards that were selected were excellent as well as the tours. We enjoyed visiting the small wineries as opposed to the large ones which we have done in Chile and Tuscany. Martin was our guide and I am going to recommend him to any friend who may want to go to Mendoza. He was so knowledgeable and so pleasant to be with. We loved the lunch. We were in the middle of vineyards and it was like a picture postcard.
Deborah Gilula, St. Louis, MO
Very easy to book. On-time pick up from hotel. We loved the array of wineries visited- from the simple family oriented winery to the larger international type. Tastings were excellent; guides friendly, excited and informative. Lunch was very tasty and the views from the restaurant were beautiful. Guide was great - perfect English.
Heather Magnan, New York, NY
The wine tour was well organized and had a very personal feel to it. Pick up in the morning from our hotel was prompt, and was exactly the arrangements that were discussed on arranging the tour. The wineries we visited had a lovely arrear of wines for us to try including their best wines, staff at the wineries were also very helpful and attentive to any questions we had about their winery and wine making process. The food, wine and company were also excellent and added to a very delightful day. Our tour guide Marie was wonderful explaining every aspect from the wine making process to the business aspect. Our experience on an Ampora wine tour was one of the highlights of our trip to Argentina, we are already recommending them to other friends who visit Mendoza.
Nick Davies, Milton Keynes, UK
In my opinion, solving problems at the last minute provides a more accurate indication of the quality of customer service than when everything runs smoothly. The only problem we encountered, was missing the beginning of the first tour due to the recent time change decision in Argentina. We consider that to be one of those 'hiccups' that's bound to happen sometimes when traveling, and we were extremely impressed by how quickly and efficiently you sorted out the problem by finding transport to catch up with the tour group.
It was very easy to book the tour. Myfanwy was very efficient at communicating with me (all done by email), providing the requested information, making suggestions, and booking our bus tickets.
It was great to get an overview of the Mendoza area and history during the drive to the first winery. As for the tours themselves, they were absolutely terrific. Some of the aspects we particularly appreciated were the highly varied nature (size, processes) of the wineries we visited, the great guides at the wineries and how there was a somewhat different focus on what we learned at each winery. We loved learning the "stories" behind the winemakers and the wines, which for us makes the bottles we purchased that much more meaningful. One of the aspects we both enjoyed was that we were NOT on a private tour; on both days part of the fun of the tour was meeting the other guests and socializing with them for the day. Lastly, but most importantly, we cannot say thanks enough to Leticia - she was an extraordinary guide. She was warm and cheerful, organized, extroverted, full of information, obviously proud of and wanted to share her love of Mendoza.
We are planning to return to Mendoza, and we would not hesitate to book our wine tours with you again, and we would certainly recommend Ampora to anyone looking for high quality, interesting, varied wine tours at excellent prices.
Robin and Michelle Brulotte, Ottawa, Canada
We both thought your wine tour was one of the highlights of our trip both to Mendoza and Argentina. Excellent and knowledgeable guides (this is coming from a grapegrower - winemaker). The lunch spot was excellent out in the vineyard. I would recommend this trip! Thanks.
Stephen Honeychurch, Amador County, CA
Excellent service from the time I responded to your short questionnaire online. Received a personal phone call asking what we were expecting. Your company was very patient in our booking our tour due to a complete change in our original itinerary, changes of dates etc. Our guide Majo Peroni Galli was an excellent host and guide, very informative and personable. We were well informed on all aspects of the each of the vineyards as well as the area history. A pleasure to spend the day together, lots of fun. Lunch was excellent...too much food but beautifully presented and it was delicious. We look forward to being able to return and enjoy another outstanding wine tour. Thank you.
Len and Laurie Anfindsen, Edmonton, Canada
We had a fantastic wine tour with Ampora. The quality of the wineries was great and we loved our tour guide. The lunch was fantastic! Hard to believe that we had the whole place to ourselves and I appreciated that the tour at each winery was targeted to our questions.
Laura Rooklin, New York, NY
All I can say is everything was just great. It was easy to book and your selection of wineries in the Uco Valley gave a very good representation of the wide spectrum of methods used by different wineries. The wines were very good and the lunch we had at O'Fournier was the best meal we had the entire six weeks we spent in South America. Our guide was very knowledgeable and she went out of her way to help us plan our next day. We would certainly book with you again should we find ourselves in Mendoza and will recommend you to anybody we know coming your way. Thank you for a great day in the Uco Valley.
Janet and Marc Revell, Calgary, Canada
I can't say enough good things about this company! It was very easy to make reservations - I heard back from a representative right after I contacted Ampora through their website. I was given all of the information I needed and everything was straightforward. I think its a great idea to keep the groups small - it adds to the experience and makes it more enjoyable. My tour guide, Maria, was an absolute delight. She was very friendly, knowledgeable, and answered every question the group had. You can tell she enjoys her job! The selection of the wineries were perfect. We got to see everything that goes on "behind the scenes." All of the winery owners we met couldn't be more gracious and made us feel at ease. The variety of the wines I tasted that day were more than I could have imagined. There were enough wines to satisfy every type of palate in addition to being quite affordable. The lunch was absolutely delicious - I ate every single morsel. The chef did an excellent job of pairing the food with the wines that were offered. I keep comparing the Uco Valley tour that my friends and I did with those tours in the United States. Ampora Wine Tours is #1 hands down.
Ann Marie Abt, New York, NY
Everything was very straightforward, and our requests were accommodated nicely. Our tour guide, Luciana, was wonderful and knowledgeable. We very much enjoyed having the three very different types of wineries to visit. The wine tastings were of exceptionally high quality, and we very much appreciated that we were able to taste the 'reserve' vintage wines. Overall, our best day in Argentina, by far! Also very affordable, in comparison to the other tours.
Caye Thomas, Murrysville, PA
I just wanted to send you a note to tell you what a great time I had on the wine tours I did with your company. The sales girl in your office did a great job explaining the tours, she was very helpful. Luli, our guide was a very big part of making that such a great tour. She has the perfect personality, a great knowledge of the city and its history, the specific wineries, and wines in general. Her English is exceptional. I was so impressed with her, that she is the main reason I signed up for the Luján de Cuyo Tour. Both were fabulous. You have a great product, and exceptional people. Thank you for organizing such a wonderful experience.
Craig Torrence, London, UK
We have become unofficial spokespersons for Ampora! We have several friends who are planning travels to Argentina and we have given them your contact information in hopes that they will consider Mendoza and Ampora in their itinerary. We loved every minute of our time with Ampora, our fellow travelers were fantastic, we enjoyed our time getting to know others while we experienced personal tours through a wide range of wine houses.
Tom and Michelle Doers, Tampa, FL
I thought the tours were generally excellent. The trip to Luján de Cuyo was wonderful. Maria was a stunning guide. Then we went to Aconcagua and Cesar was also the most wonderful guide and Leo, our driver, was great - a great driver and very helpful as well. And when the ATM ate our debit card, it was very easy to come back to the office and use your phone to cancel the card immediately. Crisis averted! We then went to Maipú with Martin whose knowledge of wine was just incredible. I thought that everything was extremely well handled, the lunches were spectacular, and the guides and drivers were outstanding. We had the most wonderful experiences, including running into Señor Ortega of O'Fournier at the airport, where he recognized us and came over and said hello. Such graciousness on the part of a winery owner says a lot about the general graciousness of Mendoza and Argentina. Thank you very much for the most wonderful time.
Elizabeth Uprichard, San Francisco, CA
I have to say I couldn't fault the way you looked after me during my stay in Mendoza. My guide Luli was an excellent guide, knowledgeable about wine, Mendoza and Argentina in general. I thoroughly enjoyed my first day tour to Luján de Cuyo, the highlight of my trip was my day in the Uco Valley. I particularly appreciated the fact that even though I was the only guest on that day, my tour was not cancelled and I had what felt like a VIP tour with car, driver and guide. The wineries visited on both tours were all fascinating, from the architecturally impressive O'Fournier, to the small boutique La Azul winery, and although I was a complete novice about red wines before my trip Mendoza, I am now a true aficionado and have been recommending Argentinean wines to friends since I got home. Additionally both the lunches were excellent, accompanied by fantastic wines! Thanks again for such great hospitality. I will definitely be back and wouldn't hesitate to recommend your company to anyone visiting Mendoza.
David Viner, London, UK
The tours were excellent. Both Luli and Miguel were very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The lunches we had at Ruca Malen and Andeluna were amazing. We will definitely be back to Mendoza, and without question will do more tours with Ampora. Thanks for everything!! The experience from start to finish was great!!
Steve and Jodi Wimmer, Calgary, Canada
Not only was it easy to book the tour online, but you also made dinner reservations on my behalf. Luli was awesome! She taught us a lot about wine but was also a delight to spend the day with. The wineries were a perfect mixture of small and large and the lunch at O'Fournier was delicious!
Nancy Saulson, Scottsdale, AZ
My tour with Ampora Wine Tours surpassed my expectation. Communicating on the web was fast and easy. The selection of the wineries was interesting and high quality, and showed us the side of Mendoza wine country that would be difficult to see without the help of the local people. The guides were terrific; knowledgeable, helpful and gave answers to often difficult questions about vine growing and wine making practices. The late lunch was very good - food and wine matching, with a splendid view of the mountains. I can highly recommend these wine tours/tastings to everybody wanting to expand their wine experience.
Thors Skulason, Brookfield, WY
I just wanted to let you know how great the wine tour was. It was a great balance between several different types of wineries. And, possibly most importantly, I wanted to comment on how wonderful Maria was. She was quite possibly the best tour guide of any sort that I have ever had.
Keron Lenz, San Francisco, CA
I wanted to send my sincere thanks for such a wonderful and well thought out winery tour through Mendoza. Maria was outstanding and so very knowledgeable of the wine industry and of the region as well. We had so much fun!
Lisa Pavageau, St. Helena, Napa Valley, CA
Everything about the day was delightful, from the initial booking to stopping by afterwards to say hello. We loved it. Our trip was with other English speakers and the guide was excellent. The wineries were great, both regarding the wines we tasted and the overviews they gave of their sectors of the market.
Bob Greenberg, Knoxville, TN
My friends and I went on one of your wine tours in the Uco Valley last week. I was just writing to say what a great day out all of us had.
Our tour guide, Maria, was fantastic. She was very informative about the wines we tasted and the areas we visited. She made us all feel so welcome and fitted in well within our group.
Lunch was great, it went on I think for at least 2 hours and the wine kept flowing, pretty soon we were all giggling and having a great time. I really did lose count of how many bottles we had. The food was great, I and one of my friends were vegetarian, quite often you find that you just get given a bad salad. However they really made us great veggie food and my friends really enjoyed their meat too. It really was one of the nicest relaxing lunches I've ever had.
The staff at all the wineries made us feel so welcome, something we noticed throughout Argentina, and the tours and tastings were great. The scenery was breathtaking!!!!!
They say that you judge a country by the people you meet, well Maria was a great ambassador for your country and your company.
I would also say that the trip was fantastic value for money.
I will definitely be recommending the following to all of my friends:
A. Visit Argentina
B. Visit Mendoza
C. Use your company.
Thanks for a great day out.
Mark Davis, London, UK
We were privileged to spend three days touring in three different regions in the Mendoza area conducted by Ampora Wine Tours. From the initial contact made by phone from the United States, followed by detailed itineraries for our consideration by e-mail, and culminating in a group tour one day, and two days of private touring, the experience was seamless. A very high accolade from a couple who live in Sonoma, CA, a number of vintners among our friends.
Gae Shulman, Sonoma, CA
The wineries selected offered a fine range and keeping the number to three was correct. The lunches were excellent too: Lucas is a superb chef. But the real star was our guide, Martin. He was courteous and efficient with a detailed knowledge put at our disposal. I feel that the guide is critical to these tours. ... To put it in a nutshell, you will be my first point of contact the next time I visit Mendoza, and I cannot wait!!
Jonathan Sparke, Cotignac, Var, France
Everything was absolutely fabulous. We usually don't sign up for tours, preferring to explore on our own, but we were so glad we took the tour with Maria as our guide. It was money well spent. Maria was a lot of fun and had so much great information. We already know a lot about wine and the grape growing process from winery/vineyard tours all over the US, but Maria and the hosts at the wineries we visited gave us more in-depth answers to our questions than we are used to.
Allory Bauer, Seattle, WA
We had a fabulous time on both days of our wine tours. We like the idea of going to different size wineries. Your guides were great. Constanza was really fun. Both lunches at Ruca Malen and at O'Fournier were exquisite. Hopefully we can visit again with friends and do another winery tour. Thanks for the good time.
Bernd Kornow, Rocklin, CA
We booked directly in the office after we arrived in Mendoza. Our guide both days, Maria, was excellent! The choice of wineries (though they weren't ones we'd been familiar with previously) was varied and great choices, as were the lunches. We thoroughly enjoyed our two days and would highly recommend your tours to others.
Jim and Marty Fulton, Grants Pass, OR
I can't think of any way to improve. It was an outstanding tour. Our tour guide was excellent. She really knew a lot about wines and fit in with our group like she was our friend from way back. The lunch was phenomenal! Five courses that just kept coming along with delicious pairings of wine in a serene setting. It was Utopia. Kai was a very patient and accommodating tour planner. Everything just came together perfectly! For me, this was the highlight of our trip to Argentina.
Brian Niemiec, Takoma Park, MD