Mendoza and the Wine Region
Known as the land of sunshine and wine, the city of Mendoza certainly lives up to its name. Boasting a year-round sunny and mild climate and studded with a plethora of lush vineyards, Mendoza is the heart of Argentina’s wine country. It is the perfect place to enjoy fine vintages, superb gastronomy and an array of adventure activities.
Nestled in the foothills of the Andes and surrounded by lush countryside, Mendoza is one of Argentina’s most charming cities. Packed with sprawling parks, wide, leafy avenues and pretty plazas, there is also an array of great shops, wine boutiques and excellent restaurants to discover. If you enjoy drinking wine, spectacular scenery and a pleasant climate, then this pocket of Argentina is not to be missed.
Home to over 900 wineries sprinkled around the area, it is no surprise that the majority of Argentina’s best wine comes from this region. French, Spanish and German immigrants brought their native vines to Argentina, and today you can find diverse grape varieties which range from Bonarda, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Torrontes, and of course Malbec, to name just a few. To mark the harvest of these unique grapes, every year in early March, Mendoza holds the Vendimia Festival which celebrates fine wine, culture and beauty. During the festivities, the city comes alive with music, and is packed with dancers, parades and beauty pageants, showcasing the very best of Mendoza.
Wine aside, the region also offers a plethora of outdoor adventures. White-water raft along the rushing rapids of the Mendoza River, horse ride, mountain bike or hike across the Andes Mountain Range or climb the mighty Aconcagua Mountain, the highest peak in South America. In addition you can indulge in thermal pools and mud baths, which is the perfect way to relax those muscles after a long day of walking. Bursting with adventure, fine wines and year-round sunshine, Mendoza and its surrounds has something to suit every visitor.
Whilst there is a range of accommodations’ within the city, a number of luxurious boutique hotels and restored farm-houses can be found nestled amongst the vines and serve as the perfect retreat from which to explore the surrounding area. Time is spent touring the vineyards and discovering viticulture, sampling an array of world-class wines, indulging in gourmet cuisine and soaking up the magnificent surrounds. With the Andes bordering both Argentina and Chile, taking the road over the Andes into Santiago is also a spectacular way of travelling between the two countries.