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Mendoza Wine Country

By Viator, November 2010

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Mendoza is the home of quality Malbec red wines – in fact, Mendoza Malbec wines are so fine, they’re beating French Malbec hands down!

Argentine wines date back to the Spanish conquistadors, and the tradition lived on through missionaries and the country’s 19th-century aristocratic landowners who imported French vines. The home of the majority of these wines is Mendoza, where the soil, climate and altitude have combined to create perfect wine-growing conditions.

While Malbec is declining in France, in Mendoza the variety thrives and doesn’t succumb to the mold, insects and frosts that have decimated the European grapes.

Along with Malbec, the region also produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah reds, plus Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Semillon whites. Traditionally, Mendoza wines were made from pink-skinned cereza and criolla grande grapes.

If you like robust, rich reds, you’ll love Mendoza’s Malbec wines, like a cross between a Cab Sav and Merlot with notes of cherry, chocolate, plum and leather. The wine is best enjoyed with the city’s famous grilled steak and meat dishes.

To sample wines from various vineyards, take a wine-tasting tour of the cellar doors, focusing on the two main winegrowing regions: Lujan and Maipu, less than 20km (12.5 miles) from Mendoza.

You can visit vineyards going back more than a century at Santa Ana and Escorihuela, and drop into the National Wine Museum in Gutierrez.

Head to the historic village of Maipu, 17km (10.5 miles) southeast of Mendoza, to visit the winemaking museum and La Rural winery.

Taste the results of high-altitude winegrowing in the Uco Valley, or the established appellations of Lujan de Cuyo. Many wineries broaden the focus to include Argentine cuisine, and delve into the fine art of food and wine pairing during laid-back lunches.

Join an organized wine tour, ride a bicycle, or hire a car and driver to get from winery to winery with your purchased wines in tow.

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Mendoza Wine Tour with Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

With its rolling vineyards set in the foothills of the Andes, the Mendoza wine region is unlike any other wine region on earth. Experience it with a local ...  Read more

Location: Mendoza, Argentina
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.99

Small-Group Bike Tour in Mendoza Wine Country

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Mendoza wine country is best seen by bike, when you can cover a lot of ground while enjoying the fresh air and sunshine! On this full-day bike tour, head out ...  Read more

Location: Mendoza, Argentina
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.99

Maipú Wine-Tasting Tour from Mendoza Including Trapiche Winery

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Sip wine and learn about Argentina's winemaking practices on this luxurious, full-day tasting tour in Maipú. Accompanied by an expert guide, visit three ...  Read more

Location: Mendoza, Argentina
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.99

Deluxe Mendoza Half-Day Wine Tasting Tour

Argentina produces world-renowned wines, so don’t miss this chance to escape the city for the day on a wine-tasting tour. Travel through the beautiful ...  Read more

Location: Mendoza, Argentina
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $144.99

Luján de Cuyo Wine-Tasting Tour from Mendoza

Explore the aromas and robust flavors of the Mendoza region’s best wines on this luxurious tasting tour with a professional local guide. In Luján de Cuyo, ...  Read more

Location: Mendoza, Argentina
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $185.99

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