It’s very common in Mendoza, to find wineries with good restaurants. I deliberately looked for the best of these as I wanted the full food & wine experience. Bodega Septima, even in Winter was a stunner, with a large light filled terrace overlooking the Andes. The air is clear and crisp and the sunlight warm.
I started my meal with a glass of their Maria sparkling wine on the terrace. Made using cava techniques it was quite rich and full bodied (no major surprise as Bodega Septima is owned by Spanish winery and cava producer, Codorniu).
Opting for the tasting menu, I had to start with some empanadas, a delicious caprese one (basil, tomato & mozarella), and of course a mendocino beef one.
This was followed by a beautifully fresh and tender beef carpaccio, served with Septima Malbec.
More beef? I know, wasn’t I getting sick of it by now? Not yet, and I knew these guys would do such a good job I had to try it for main course too. A huge hunk of beef was served perfectly medium rare with a herb crust and a beautiful light pumpkin mousse accompanied.
Dessert was a delicious take on a gaucho dish of fresh cheese with fruits and nuts and it was delicious. It was nice and light after all of that beef too. We had it with a Septima late harvest Gewurztraminer, a really nice pudding wine produced at Bodega Septima. It had a slight tartness which was great with the cheese.
The tasting menu was 190 pesos (£32) excluding wine. A bargain and definitely worth popping by for the full food and wine experience! I could have spent all day on that balcony sipping Maria sparkling wine.