Gabriela Furlotti didn’t set out to build Mendoza’s first boutique hotel or start producing wine. Both were a consequence of trying to preserve her family’s five-acre plot of land, a farm where they’ve lived for three generations. In 2001, Gabriela debuted Finca Adalgisa’s 11 homey rooms and suites surrounded by picturesque vineyards and fruit orchards. She still lives on the property and warmly welcomes guests with personal service, authentic Argentine asados (barbecues) and fun grape harvest activities.
What would you recommend travellers do in Mendoza that is off the beaten path?
Camino de las Carreras is a spectacular road trip. Stretching from the small town of Las Vegas near Potrerillos to the winelands of Tupungato on Route 89, the dirt highway makes for a scenic hour-long drive with views of Cordon del Plata’s snowcapped peaks, working cattle farms and golden pastureland. Once you arrive in Tupungato, you’ll have the region’s best wineries at your fingertips.
How has the tourism and wine industry changed Mendoza?
What a change it’s been. When I first began transforming the farm into a hotel over a decade ago, people thought I was crazy. There were no tourist maps. Very few wineries received visitors, and the ones that did rarely had enough English-speaking staff to accommodate tours. Now we’re one of world’s top wine tourism destinations with over 1,000 wineries to visit.
What's the secret to your success?
Passion, patience, perseverance and an enormous amount of focus and commitment. I’ve never embarked on a project for the sole purpose of making money, and I hope I never do. When you’re dedicated to your vision, the happiness is greater than the fatigue.