Lying in the shadow of the Andes, bountiful Mendoza is the leading, most irresistible wine region in Argentina.
A visit to Mendoza is a sure-fire way to get a decadent dose of arguably Argentina’s most sought-after product: wine. It isn’t a cliché, either, as you’ll soon find out on one of the many wine tours that will introduce you to the dazzling oenological world here. Though should you seek a change, then take your pick from exhilarating bike rides, horseback adventures and trekking trips into the Andes, wherein lies the tallest peak in the Western Hemisphere: Mount Aconcagua.
It’s no exaggeration that Mendoza is Latin America’s most revered wine region, boasting some 1,500 wineries and 350,000 acres of vineyards – and counting. Sprawled at the foot of the Andes mountain range, it’s a delightfully picturesque spot, too, with soaring, snow-dusted peaks forming the perfect backdrop to the endless vines that stretch out for mile upon mile before you. In Mendoza, there are three main wine regions that cradle some of the country’s finest wineries: the Uco Valley, Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu, each with a unique feel and offering for wine enthusiasts.
It’s not all about the wine though; Mendoza is also perfectly placed for jaunts into the Andes, bicycle tours and scenic horseback rides. For a slice of culture, Mendoza city is a great place to start, with a history dating back to its founding in 1561 and a clutch of museums and art galleries to dip into, between languid strolls along the town’s leafy boulevards.
Wine tours by bicycle
For those who want to feel completely immersed in the landscapes of Mendoza, a wine tour on two wheels is just the ticket. Feel the wind in your hair as you zip past rolling vineyards, hopping from one fabulous winery to the next, tasting Mendoza’s fine wines at each stop. A rewarding way to delve into the region’s wine scene!
Get up close to Aconcagua
Mendoza is an ideal base for explorations into the Andes, including the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere: Aconcagua, standing at 6,962m tall. Keen trekkers and geography-lovers will reel at the majesty of this mountain range, with the chance to admire the beautiful colours and rock formations, and discover unique sights like the Puente del Inca. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
Discover Mendoza on horseback
Just as wine tours on two wheels make your experience all the more memorable, immersing yourself in the bucolic beauty of Mendoza on a horseback ride will be just as unforgettable. Breathe in the clean mountain air as you are guided by a local horse breeder through some of the most pristine corners of this remarkable region.