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Source: Wine Enthusiast Magazine
By: Janet Forman

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A toast from your barrel: Algodon Wine Estates Barrel Ownership Program. Of course you’ll want to taste before putting your personal label on the bottle, so Algodon Wine Estates in San Rafael, Mendoza, offers Barrel Ownership Program participants two complimentary nights at its guest lodge, where they may wander 2,000 acres of vineyards and play 18 holes of golf while shaping their release. Buyers can purchase half a barrel or share with friends, and refill each 290-bottle barrel up to 3 times (second time’s the charm, they say) with Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Bonarda or Chardonnay. Prices start at about $6,000/barrel including shipping and tax. Refills run about $2,600. Beyond the two gratis nights, high season rates at the lodge (Dec. 1–April 30 and July) start at $ 220 plus tax, including breakfast, tennis, golf cart and wine tasting at the estate.

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