Source: Travel Pulse
Algodon Wine Estates, an Argentinean wine and golf estate in San Rafael, Mendoza, created a unique wine barrel program where customers can craft their very own wine brand via the company's website. The customer gets to choose the type of barrel (French or American oak), has complete creative control of the design and name of the label and, once bottled and labeled, the wine is shipped to the customer's preferred location. Each barrel provides approximately 300 bottles of wine and can be filled up to three times, and the program also includes a two-night stay at the lodge located on the estates. Grape varieties include Argentinean classics such as Bonarda -- known throughout Argentina for its full body -- and Malbec, as well as Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay.Located in San Rafael, Mendoza, a region often referred to as the "Napa Valley" of Argentina, Algodon Wine Estates offers luxury accommodations for travelers, as well as the opportunity to actually own a piece of the estate's vineyard and a custom wine label. The future home of Argentina's tennis elite, Algodon Wine Estates' 2,050-acre grounds already boast two guest lodges and an 18-hole golf course. Additionally, there are plans to open a high-end hotel, more than 300 private home sites, a polo field, an equestrian center and a luxury spa and fitness center by the end of 2009. For more information, visit www.algodonwines.com/barrelprogram/index.
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