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With wine glasses in the foreground and Cerro de la Plata framed by floor-length windows in the distance, the five-course meal seems almost a distraction. If you can tear yourself away from the views, you'll enjoy the meticulous presentation of dishes like mote wheat over carrot paste and pickled beets and spicy lamb gigot on mashed squash.

The dining room is sleekly contemporary, all polished surfaces and straight lines. Reservations are required.

After the meal, you can tour the relatively young winery housed in an old building; the barrel room holds over 400 barrels, an impressive sight. Casarena exports 80% of their production, primarily to the US and Brazil.