A walk among aromas

Today, Dragonback Estate owns 820 hectares of privately owned vineyards in Mendoza, constituting one of the largest vineyard estates in the world. In addition to being surrounded by native arid vegetation, such as grasslands, lichens, ferns, coirón, rose hips, thyme, clippers, jarilla, chañar, atamisqui, totora, retamillo and jonquillo, among others. Without a doubt, the place has a special energy and its connection with wine makes it an ideal enclave.

The architecture adapts to the natural environment

And in addition to dressing the surroundings of the units, they play a central role in generating a natural barrier between the Chozos. Each of the plants adds color and new shapes to the environment, attracting different species of animals that are typical of the fauna of the place.

Know each species

  • Rosamarinus officinalis

Popularly known as rosemary, it is a perennial woody herb, with evergreen foliage and white, pink, purple or blue flowers. Rosemary is an aromatic, woody, evergreen, highly branched and occasionally stunted shrub that can reach up to 2 meters in height.

Rosemary is one of the most valued aromatic plants in cooking for its pleasant smell and the flavor it adds to processed foods, both meats, fish and vegetables, being a classic in some oven roasts and stews. It is used both fresh and dried.

  • Scabiosa atropurpurea

Plant with branched stem 20-60 cm high. Flowers in heads up to 3 cm wide, hemispherical, elongated in the fruiting, with a long peduncle. It lives in stony and dry terrain. Lives in the Mediterranean.

  • Miscanthus gracillimus

Tolerates a wide range of moist, well-drained soils. Graminea rustica, widely used in gardening with bright green foliage. Its flowering occurs in autumn and summer.

  • Hyalis argentea

Rhizomatous subshrub of grayish color. Solitary flower heads with violet flowers. It is characteristic of dune and dune areas throughout Argentina where it usually forms extensive communities.

  • Caesalpinea gilliesii

It is a wild shrub endemic to Argentina and Uruguay. It has long been cultivated ornamentally as a garden plant.  It is a fast-growing plant, whose flowering is in summer. It has great resistance to drought.

  • Parkinsonia aculeata

It is native to the southwestern United States, Mexico and South America. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental in temperate and subtropical zones, despite its high potential. invader reaches 10 m in height.

  • Salsola kali

It inhabits sandy terrain all over the world. Due to its very high sodium content, its ashes were often used in the production of glass and for the production of soda. It prefers dry and saline soils, and is capable of withstanding large variations in pH and climate, found from the Russian steppe to tropical areas.

  • Prunus cerasifera var. pissardii

The purple-leaved plum is a variety native to Persia, native to central and eastern Europe, and southwestern and central Asia. The fruit can be eaten fresh in several ways. They are sweet and have a good flavor, although there are others that are acidic, but excellent for jellies.

  • Acacia visco

Acacia visco is a tree native to South America. It reaches 6-12 m in height and has yellow flowers, fragrant in spring. In Argentina it is native to the provinces of Salta, Jujuy, Tucumán, Catamarca, La Rioja, San Juan, Santiago del Estero, Córdoba, San Luis and La Pampa.

  • Santolina rosmarinifolia

It is used in gardening as it saves water, as it adapts very well to extreme xeric conditions. Its flowering is very spectacular, as a yellow compound flower emerges from each stem. It occurs from spring to summer depending on the areas and altitudes.

  • Iceberg rose

Was developed in Germany by the prolific German rose gardener Reimer Kordes in 1958. He and his father Wilhelm were the ones who had initially specialized in developing bush roses that were suitable for small gardens. The leaves are light green and shiny. Flowers are about 5 cm in diameter and have between 25 to 35 petals.

In 1958 ‘Iceberg’ was awarded a gold medal from the Royal National Rose Society. The cultivar was selected as the 1983 World Favorite Rose by the World Federation of Rose Societies and appears in their Rose Hall of Fame. The plants tolerate shade, although they do best in full sun.

  • Larrea cuneifolia

It is endemic to western Argentina along with Larrea nitida. It is the species of this genus that is located in the most arid places. It is a shrub with woody, cylindrical and resinous stems; It reaches up to 3 m in height. Yellow flowers that bloom from October to late November. From its popular use, the bark and leaves are used for all types of human and animal ailments. For example, the leaf infusion is indicated for fever, and combats back pain and has anti-inflammatory, antitumor and antiviral properties.

  • Cupressus sempervirens

Better known as Mediterranean cypress. It can be very long-lived, with specimens more than 1000 years old. Supports both acidic and basic soils. It tolerates arid or compact soils and rejects very humid or sandy soils. It is a tree that needs sun, supporting heat and drought very well. It is said that some of the cypress trees that can be found in the gardens of Emperor Diocletian’s thermal baths in Rome were planted by Michelangelo himself.

  • Salvia leucantha

 It is considered low watering and requires almost no maintenance. It reaches its maximum splendor throughout the fall and even winter with its flowering in the form of large, dense spikes 15-20 cm long. The ideal is to grow it in full sun so that it blooms generously.

  • Gazania repens

Gazania Repens is a very rustic and resistant plant, easy to grow. They are quite famous plants thanks to their beautiful flowering and their resistance to heat. Gazanias are plants with compound flowers, so their flowering is very spectacular and large. Its flowers open when the sun hits them and close when it disappears.

Olea europaea

Olea europaea, commonly called olive and olive trees, is a small, long-lived evergreen tree that can reach up to 15 m in height. Its flowering period occurs between May and July in the northern hemisphere, and between November and January in the southern hemisphere, while its fruiting period occurs between September and December in the northern hemisphere, and between March and June in the southern hemisphere. From this fruit we obtain an oil that is highly appreciated in gastronomy, olive oil.

The olive tree, considered a symbol of peace, was also a symbol of victory and chastity. In Rome, the new spouses wore olive wreaths or wreaths and also crowned the dead who were being carried to the pyre. It was also the attribute of successful warriors and the prize of the winners in the Olympic Games.

The magic of this place is given, first of all, by its natural environment.
Without a doubt, it is something you have to enjoy on your next visit to Chozos!

Contact

Address: Servidumbre del paso S/N, Alto Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza
Reservations Mail: reservas@chozosresort.com
Phone Number: +(54 9 261 244-2968)

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