Knowing the origin of something through its composing elements is really important to understand its value. This is exactly what La Rural Winery offers in every corner and in its Wine Museum. Join us in this tour.
The journey is easy, the difficult part is to choose our destination. And it is even harder if we have to choose between all the touristic wineries in Mendoza. That is why we decided that it was better to get to know the history of this industry and to experience the work of the first men that made wine in the province. Bearing this purpose in mind, we went to visit La Rural Winery.
In Maipú, we walk through a narrow street where, surrounded by farms, this old establishment founded in 1885 is starting to show. As we enter the winery, we see a huge painting with several men in front of a winery selling wine in barrels. In this old painting we can also see big signs, one of them reads the word “Work”. This word describes exactly what this place represents.
On one side of the entrance, we see a hall with huge barrels, and even though we are tempted by curiosity, we decide to let Laura, the kind tour guide, lead our way.
Laura takes us to the farm where we see some old Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards planted in 1973. She also tells us that La Rural has vineyards in Maipú, Rivadavia, San Carlos, Tupungato and Tunuyán.
Even though the “museum” area is at the end of the tour, the winery displays historical details in every corner. Next to the vineyard and surroundings, we see old irrigation tools and wine presses. You can breathe history there.
Inside the winery, the landscape is completed with huge iron tanks and concrete pools where the wines Cruz Alta, La vuelta, San Felipe roble and San Felipe varietals, among others, are made.
Going back to the tour, we finally get to the place we are looking forward. For us, the Wine Museum represents those missing pages in our wine knowledge book. It shows us the prologue of an adventure that began in Mendoza long time ago, and that today makes Mendoza one of the Wine Capitals of the World because of the good quality and its production.
We get to the place that once was home of Felipe Rutini, the founder of the winery. His grandson, Dr. Rodolfo Reina Rutini, assembled this place that nowadays has more than 4.500 pieces. All pieces of great value.
In a large room of this big house, the elements used for the production of this elixir until 19th century are divided and classified by historical periods. A press made of ox fur from the 18th century, harvest baskets made of leather and clay amphoras bring back years of hard labor. Back then, the Huarpes (natives from Mendoza), who at that time were slaves, were the lungs of the production. Men were in charge of the grape harvest and women, who were great craftswomen, molded with wet hands the clay to make vessels for the wine.
If we take a look at the hall, we can see more instruments like wood presses, big demijohns, cooper tools, mincers, lab elements and more.
Having learned so much about history and trying to bear in mind the huge effort wine production used to take back then, we move on to the next room. There is a huge hut that keeps 12 barrels of 20 to 25 thousand litters each, and that used to work for the preservation of wine. Today they surround us as imposing figures that show us the huge effort and love that is involved in the production of wine.
It is impossible not to keep in our minds this idea after the tour in La Rural Winery. This establishment is a treasure that contributes to the history of the industry and that at the same time offers an entertaining and didactic tour for all the tourists that visit it every year.