Set at the base of the Andes Mountains, Mendoza is the heart of Argentina's wine country. The premier viticulture region is home to over 1,200 wineries producing the legendary Malbec, along with world-class restaurants, spas, modern art and atmospheric nightlife.
Things to do
Cycle between the vineyards, soaking up the sun-drenched scenery and stopping off at nearby wineries for tastings and cellar door tours. After a day of swirling, sniffing and sipping, sit down to a decadent six-course feast at Ruca Malen Vineyard, where each sumptuous mouthful is expertly paired with one of the vineyard’s own wines.
Stroll through General San Martin Park, taking in the monuments, sculptures and lakes within 420 hectares of landscaped gardens. In summer, experience the National Grape Harvest Festival held in the park's impressive amphitheatre, Frank Romero Day Greek Theater.
For a unique twist on the winery experience, book a cooking class at La Casa del Visitante restaurant at the acclaimed Familia Zuccardi winery. Discover the art of preparing traditional Argentinian fare, followed by a winery tour with tastings and a gourmet lunch. What could be better than making empanadas against the backdrop of the majestic Andes Mountains?
Discover Aconcagua Provincial Park, a famous hiking destination home to South America’s tallest peak. A trek to the snowy summit takes two weeks to complete, but those with less time can take a horseback ride through Uco Valley and Condor’s George to experience Mendoza's mountain scenery.
Mendoza is 15 minutes by taxi or bus from Governor Francisco Gabrielli International Airport in El Plumerillo. Coaches from Buenos Aires are also an option. Central Mendoza is relatively walkable, while organised winery tours, taxis and buses are readily available.
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