With a name like Norton it unsurprising to find that it was founded by an Englishman, well over one hundred years ago. At the time it was one of the southern most wineries, the first to cross the Mendoza River. A trend away from the city that continues to this day.
The list of first does not stop at the inception of the winery. Norton has long been one of the leaders in Argentina, especially in exports. In the 1990s when few others were looking beyond their borders, Norton began exporting their wines to the World. This foresight was perhaps inevitable since the great crystal magnate Gernot Langes-Swarovski of Austria had begun investing in the winery only a year before.
Norton wines are easy to find the world over, an example of the size of their operation. They boast a mind boggling 4,000 oak barrels, enough capacity for almost one and a half million bottles, and that is just the better oak aged wines. More than a third of those better wines are then stored in their huge aging cellars. While most of these aged wines will make it to retailer’s shelves within a few years, some are held back to join the library of vintages that date to the mid 1930s.
I can personally attest to the quality of at least one bottle of 35 year old Malbec. I was given the honor of tasting a bottle of the 1974 when I visited. It was surprisingly drinkable, with cedar cigar box notes and a hint of fruit left. That taste went long way to convincing me of Malbec’s potential.
Chances are you will not get a chance to taste the 1974, or any of the other rare bottles when you visit, but that doesn’t mean you will be at a lost for adventure. Norton offers an incredible range of activities. Cooking classes, photo safaris and even lunch with the winemaker are all options. Deluxe visits can include tasting the wine from tank to barrel to bottle. An opportunity usually reserved for wine professionals and journalists.
KEY: Restaurant Tours Special / Educational Tastings - Size Organic Hotel
Hours: Tours at 9:30, 10:30, 12, 1:30, 3, 4:30 with reservations. Minimum number of peoples 2 and the maximum is 25.
Ruta15 Km 23.5
Perdriel 5509 - (Lujan)
54 261 490 9700
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Distance from Mendoza:
32.2k / 20.125m
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Tourism Contact Info (from website): http://www.norton.com.ar/contacto.php?idContacto=1
Details from Website: Tours at 9:30, 10:30, 12, 1:30, 3, 4:30 with reservations. Minimum number of peoples 2 and the maximum is 25.Many Varied Tours and Tastings with Reservations. Restaurant La Vid available.
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