Head out in any direction from Austin and you’re bound to come across a winery. In Spicewood, you’ll find El Gaucho Winery–a little piece of Argentina tucked away in the rolling hills near Lake Travis. Check it out the next time you’re looking to kick back in the Texas Hill Country, sip on full-bodied Argentinian wines and savor authentic cuisine.
Thank you to El Gaucho Winery in Spicewood for allowing me to sample food and drink at no charge. All opinions are my own.
The Story of El Gaucho Winery
Bennet and Eugenia Sewell met while Bennet was vacationing in Argentina and Eugenia was working as a sommelier. Eugenia actually served as the honorary Sommelier for the Office of the President of Argentina, where she was in charge of food and wine pairings at official state functions.
Upon returning to Texas, Bennet hired Eugenia to work for him as a wine consultant, and then bought two vineyards: Finca Austin and Finca la Passion. Working together, the duo formulated two wines, Tierra de Gaucho and Estado Natural.
Soon after, the two were married and opened El Gaucho Winery on top of a hill in 2015.
El Gaucho’s Wine Selection and Classes
The winery offers 11 wines under two labels. Under the Tierra de Gaucho label, the winery produces a Malbec Reserva that arrived in fall 2018, as well as a regular Malbec. The grapes for the latter hail from the winery’s vineyard just southeast of Mendoza, Argentina. Over 50,000 acres of land in Mendoza are dedicated to the production and cultivation of Malbec, making El Gaucho’s Malbecs the can’t-miss stars of this wine lineup.
El Gaucho’s other label, Estado Natural, includes:
- Malbec Rosè
- Sparkling Wine
- Malbec Classico
- Cabernet Classico
- Malbec Reserve
- Cabernet Reserve
- Gran Reserve
With a wine list this diverse, everyone’s bound to find a glass of something to sip.
Guests can choose between a tasting flight, or the Light, Classico, Reserve, Sparkling, Gran Reserve, or single tasting menu options to savor on El Gaucho’s expansive outdoor patio, or within the indoor tasting room.
And for those looking to level up their wine knowledge, the winery currently offers a fall wine class series the Sewells are hoping to extend into 2019. Don’t miss the next class called Holiday Bubblies on Nov. 16, 2016. The class will cover how champagne, cava, prosecco, and sparkling wine are made, which types of grapes they are sourced from, and the flavor profiles, aromas, and quality of each. Holiday Bubblies is $115 per person and includes appetizers. Reservations are encouraged, as the classes fill up fast!
Sunday Argentine Asado Dinner
We need to talk about El Gaucho’s Sunday Argentine Asado Dinner, made-to-order over an open fire by Chimichurri ATX every Sunday. At the head of this unique food operation is Rodolfo Sosa, founder and second-generation immigrant to Argentina.
Specifically, we need to talk about Lomito, a type of steak sandwich Sosa and his crew are serving up. It’s considered to be a national treasure by some Argentinians, and for good reason. The popular sandwich features a giant hunk of Lomo steak, cheese, ham, lettuce, tomato, and a spicy mayo of sorts, all between two slices of bread. It’s Argentinian comfort food at its best.
Chimichurri ATX also bakes empanadas from scratch every Sunday from El Gaucho’s kitchen, and offers an array of authentic Argentinian desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Whether you feel like wining and dining Argentinian style on a Friday night or Sunday afternoon, El Gaucho Winery is the hottest new destination for both.
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