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Mendoza Wine Valley
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Mendoza at a glance

While Mendoza might be most well known for its wine production, it is in fact also a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Situated at the gateway to the Andes mountains and close to Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America, Mendoza is ideal for those wishing to engage in some adventure sports. Tackle the rapids on a white water rafting expedition down the Mendoza River, test your steel with a climb up the slopes of Aconcagua, or if you’re just in the mood for some light activity, why not go deep into the Andes with a local gaucho on horseback to watch the sunset with an asado, or typical Argentine barbeque, prepared in the traditional manner and washed down with some local wine. Whatever you decide to do, prepare to indulge yourself to the extreme, because Mendoza is a place for those who enjoy the finer things in life.

Experiences around Mendoza & Wine Valley

What not to miss

Argentine Malbec is known the world over for its richness and full bodied flavour, and wine lovers coming to Argentina will delight in visiting Mendoza and its surrounding wine valleys, where this famous wine is made. Situated in the low foothills of the Andes mountain range, Mendoza has the perfect climate for cultivating grapes, and a visit to Mendoza is sure to be filled with long and languid lunches accompanied by Mendoza’s premium product in some of the famous wineries that fill the Uco Valley, Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu wine routes. Wine tastings are par for the course in Mendoza, and the thing to do is to rent a bike and cycle from one vineyard to the next, sampling some local wines along the way. Mendoza City is a charming oasis full of tree-lined avenues and leafy parks and plazas, while the wine valleys themselves sprawl across the countryside, so hire a driver for a day to take you on a tour of your chosen route so you don’t have to worry about having a few too many glasses with lunch. We can arrange a driver and tour for you, so just consult one of our travel experts and we can include it in your itinerary.

Winery Tour in Maipu Valley Top

Get ready to embark on a mission. Today, you´ll visits 3 wineries located in the Maipú region. In each one you will learn all about their wines: characteristics, the process of elaboration, their facilities. At the end and as a fabulous reward, you’ll get the chance to taste their fabulous produce. Lunch will be either, a picnic plus a visit to an olive oil ranch or a sit down lunch at one of the visited wineries. This tour will definitely let you witness the courtesy of the people of Mendoza demonstrated in its exquisite wines and excellent food. A day that you´ll never forget!

Winery Tour in Uco Valley Top

Get a taste of the rural high life on this premium day trip through the wineries of the sweeping Uco Valley, accompanied by your wine expert. It’s a sunshine-filled, fascinating full day tour that will leave you feeling merry in Mendoza. Leaving Mendoza, you’ll drive into the Valle de Uco, nestled in the foothills of the Andes and surrounded by beautiful scenery. You’ll visit two prestigious wineries hidden between rows of rolling vineyards and take part in a guided wine tasting of the top local tipples. Your guide will give you a masterclass in the art of wine-tasting, as well as whisking you through the wine production techniques and letting you in on some grape-related secrets. Around noon, you’ll stop for a gourmet local lunch at the Salentein Winery, paired with the perfect wine. It’s a great way to discover the area in style.

Winery Tour in Lujan de Cuyo Top

You will be able to discover Argentina’s most famous wine region on this full-day wine tasting tour of Luján de Cuyo from Mendoza and visit three of region’s most prestigious wineries, Achaval Ferrer, Casarena and Dominio del Plata. In each one the guide will explain the process of elaboration, characteristics of their wines, visit the facilities and taste a good wine. Uncover the secrets of Argentina’s winemaking heritage, stroll the vineyards and sample fine Malbecs, and then go into a delicious 5-course lunch. This a unique an intimate wine tasting experience exclusively served in each wineries. Delight in the scenic views of vineyards against the Andes as you chat with fellow wine-lovers along the way. Get ready to immerse yourself in the land of Malbec. Visits 2 wineries (Pulenta Estate, Bressia Winery, Melipal w/Lunch).

Whitewater rafting Top

You have too many ways to connect with the snowmelt waters of the Andes. You will be able to have rafting trips all year round for the adventurer looking for class III+ water. All of your runs are upstream of the Potrerillos Dam and Reservoir. The continual rapids will provide constant action throughout the decent. High summer flows, chalk-full of sediment, will bring you huge holes and haystacks. Low winter flows run clear with a natural slalom course of exposed rocks. The trips are run by river guides with international experience and swift water rescue certificates. Safety kayakers are always available for additional support. All paddlers will be equipped with life jackets (pfd), wetsuits, splash jackets, river booties and helmet. You will use self-bailing Hyside Hypalon 14′ boats. Our river equipment is impeccably maintained and renewed often to bring you the best experience.

High Andes tour Top

Undoubtedly the most important tour of our province, mountain landscapes everywhere, places full of history and the colorful Andes mountains. Visiting places like Potrerillos, Uspallata, Historical Puente Picheuta, Polvaredas, Punta de Vacas, Penitentes, Puente de Inca, Provincial Park Aconcagua, border town Las Cuevas and if the road allows, reach the Redeemer Christ (Cristo Redentor), peace symbol located in the Santa Elena hill at 4200 mts. above sea level right at the border with Chile.

Oasis at Atuel Canyon Top

Three of Mendoza´s main oasis are known as: North, Central and South oasis.  In the South you find San Rafael, the second most important city of Mendoza, furrowed by the rivers Atuel and Diamante that nourish with water this rich in production oasis. The curious course of the Atuel river has formed over the years the majestic Cañon del Atuel, with geoforms, colours and amazing landscapes along with many dams and hidroelectic centres  that complete the scenery.  Thanks to its beauty, it has become a traveller´s hotspot. The area offers a wide range activities like rafting, trekking, boat trips and more.

Learn how to harvest W/Lunch Top

Experience one of the most important stages in the wine making process: the harvest. Guided by our expert staff you will be able to harvest and learn about this traditional and vital activity. The day ends with a regional lunch in the restaurant of Casa del Visitante.

Winery bike tour W/Lunch Top

Enjoy the great outdoors and the stunning scenery around Mendoza on this full-day cycling trip through the rolling vineyards of the wine regions, with the Andes towering in the background. You’ll be picked up at your Mendoza hotel in the morning and transferred to the starting point, where you’ll zip along the trails on your bike, stopping at three different wineries to take guided tours and taste some top notch local wines. The last winery on the agenda is Nieto Senetiner, a historical Argentine bodega steeped in atmosphere and surrounded by gorgeous views. You’ll stop here for a tasting, followed by a three-course lunch paired with the perfect wines. Bikes, helmets, insurance and mineral water will be provided, giving you everything you need for a great day discovering the best of Argentina by bike.

Wine tour & Carrodillas church Top

Visits 2 wineries located in Maipú – Lujan de Cuyo area.In each one the guide will explain the process of elaboration, characteristics of their wines, visit the facilities and taste a good wine. To complete the tour you will also visit an olive oil factory and the Carrodilla church, a national historic monument were the patron saint of vineyards shelters.

Cooking class & wine tasting Top

Today it´s all about playing and connecting our senses. A perfect activity to share with friends, this cooking lesson – guided by a local chef – will show you how to prepare traditional recipes such as the famous Argentinian empanadas amongst other local dishes.  All this within the warm and cozy walls of the Zuccardi family´s house and winery.

Fast Facts on Mendoza & the Wine Valley

USEFUL TRAVELER INFORMATION

This section is a quick overview to help in planning your trip to Mendoza & Wine Valley.

When to go

Mendoza’s location at the base of the Andes and its low elevation mean that is has a temperate climate all year round, so it can really be visited at any time of the year. For serious wine aficionados, it might be an idea to visit in March, when the famous Harvest Festival takes place and festivities take over the city and the entire region. Throngs of industry professionals, and those who simply like a glass of wine in the evening, flock to Mendoza to take part in the celebrations, which are a cultural staple of this area of Argentina. Between March and May, you can get the best Mendoza has to offer, as samples of that year’s harvest will be in abundance for you to try. The quieter months are in winter from June to August, and visiting in fall from April to June will allow you to see the beautiful colours of the trees as they change their leaves.

How to get there

Flights arrive daily to Mendoza’s El Plumerillo airport from Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile. If you plan on skiing in the Las Leñas ski resort, chartered flights are available to the nearby town of Malargüe. Flights to Salta, Iguazú and Bariloche from Mendoza started operating in 2010, so if your itinerary requires a transfer from any of these destinations we can organise it for you. As Mendoza has become something of a travel hub for Argentina, depending on your nationality, you may have to pay a reciprocity fee if coming from Santiago in Chile. Just check with one of our travel advisors and we can assist you with your requirements.

Infrastructure

Mendoza has been attracting tourists for many years, and so the tourism infrastructure here is sophisticated and well developed. There is a wealth of hotels spanning everything from budget accommodation to boutique hotels and high-end resorts and spas. You may also choose to spend a few nights in a rustic estancia or guesthouse typical of rural Argentina. If you plan on adventuring into the Andes or to Mount Aconcagua, camping is also an option. One of the best ways to explore the region at your leisure is to rent a car, especially if you plan on visiting the Uco Valley, a must-see wine region about an hour and a half outside Mendoza. Another good option is to hire a driver for the day who will bring you to a selection of different wineries and wait while you have lunch, bringing you back to your hotel in the evening. We can arrange this for you, so just ask us about it when you talk to our travel expert.

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