Basking under year-round sun in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, the Province of Mendoza boasts the perfect climate for winegrowing. If you like a little wining and dining (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?), then you will not want to miss at least a few days of indulgence here in the beautiful and bountiful Mendoza Province. The town itself has a lovely summery feel, with wide, tree-lined boulevards and plazas, perfect for strolling through one afternoon. The pace here is, as you might expect, pretty relaxed, and there are a great range of restaurants and bars to choose from with some lively nightlife too.
mendoza: vineyards, food and mountains
As well as offering plenty of opportunity for sitting down with a nice glass of wine, Mendoza is a great gateway for adventures into the Andes, and you can take a day trip out into the mountains to the Chilean border, or enjoy adventure sports like whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or skiing in winter. The main draw, however, is of course the wine tasting, and there are dozens of vineyards of all types and sizes, making it a fascinating place to learn about growing and production techniques. Mendoza produces some of the best wines in the world and the sunny vineyards are backed by stunning views of the snow-capped Andes. The most famous of Mendoza’s world-class wines is the rich Malbec red, but there are also some excellent sparkling whites and many other noteworthy reds made here, as well as some top-notch olive oil too. Get ready for some gourmet indulgence!
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Chacras de Coria
Just outside of the hustle and bustle of Mendoza, the leafy district of Chacras de Coria is a great place to stay, and you’ll find many of Mendoza’s most important wineries here too. You’ll be within easy reach of both the vineyards and the city center, but will be able to enjoy a lovely calm atmosphere and some great restaurants.
Wine Museum Bodega Rural
Located in Maipu, a unique wine museum invites you to experience the history of winemaking at La Rural. It has become the most important wine museum in the Americas, on par with many French, Italian and South African museums. It’s a wonderful way to receive a more in depth and full picture of the region and its importance and influence on Argentine culture.
From enormous international wineries to family owned boutique vineyards, every wine producer has a unique experience to offer far beyond what is found in any wine shop. Tours and tastings can be arranged at a range of bodegas brands, there are also more private or exclusive if looking for a unique experience, from elegant to more rural and rustic.
Wine tour by bike
Explore the wine country by bicycle, mapping a cycle route, then pedaling through Mendoza’s wine country just might be a blast to explore the region for a day or two. Visit a string of 3-4 vineyards in a day, enjoy the views of Mendoza’s rolling vineyards backed by the Andes, while soaking up the fresh air of the great outdoors!
In Mendoza, there are many different ways to experience adventure in the snow melt waters of the Andes. Most of the rafting excursions are done on the wild and scenic portion of the Mendoza River, above the Potrerillos Dam and Reservoir. The rapids in the summer are Class III, so reasonable for amateurs.
The city of Mendoza itself has a charmingly relaxed pace of life and is built around the Plaza Independencia from where wide boulevards lead off to other smaller plazas. The city’s plazas, along with its many parks, are very pleasant to walk through, especially Parque General San Martín, a 17km leafy oasis of trees, lakes and rose gardens.
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Best times to
Mendoza enjoys almost year-round sunshine and cool breezes from the Andes. It has a welcoming climate throughout the year, so Mendoza can be comfortably visited at any point during the year. However, it’s particularly beautiful during fall (April-June) when the vines and surrounding trees turn fiery shades of orange and gold, perfectly set off by the clear blue skies. March is grape harvesting season and there is a wonderful wine festival at the start of the month that’s well worth planning your visit around.
HOW TO GET THERE
Daily flights to Mendoza arrive at El Plumerillo, the Province’s capital airport, from Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile.
Getting there by bus is also possible. There are good bus connections with Buenos Aires and a comfortable overnight bus takes you in 12 hours to Mendoza.
Moving around the province is possible by bus, or by car. Daily bus tours take you from the city of Mendoza to Aconcagua and Puente del Inca, or to the wineries on one day or half day tours. Local bus lines also connect most of the cities within the Province of Mendoza.
The region is also great for self-drives. You can fly to the airport of Mendoza and pick up your at at the airport.
WHERE TO STAY
All kinds of hotels, from five stars to hostels, are available in the city of Mendoza, San Rafael and Las Leñas. In the wine region just outside of Mendoza; Chacras de Coria, there are lovely 3 and 4 star properties.
Alternative to hotels and Posadas, there are also possibilities to stay in a wine lodge. the lodges are located outside of Mendoza, mostly towards Chacras de Coria and are a great way to enjoy nature, the best wines of the region and good food.
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