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Wine Lover's Guide to Mendoza

By Viator, May 2018

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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, Mendoza, null
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Mendoza Wine Tour with Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 50 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 $150.00
Bike Tour in Mendoza Wine Country, Mendoza, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Bike Tour in Mendoza Wine Country

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 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 $150.00
Maipú Wine-Tasting Tour from Mendoza Including Trapiche Winery, Mendoza, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Maipú Wine-Tasting Tour from Mendoza Including Trapiche Winery

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 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 $150.00
Mendoza Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tour, Mendoza, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Mendoza Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 6 Reviews

Get on the Bus Vitivinícola with 6 weekly departures from Tuesday to Sunday and discovered this new way to explore and experience the Wine Roads Lujan de ...  Read more

Location: Mendoza, Argentina
Duration: Flexible

From USD $34.00
Luján de Cuyo Wine-Tasting Tour from Mendoza, Mendoza, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Luján de Cuyo Wine-Tasting Tour from Mendoza

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Luján de Cuyo, land of Malbec, invites you to experience the legendary and other great varietals of wines produced in this region. We will visit and ...  Read more

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

From USD $246.00
Catena Zapata Wine Tour from Mendoza, Mendoza, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Catena Zapata Wine Tour from Mendoza

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Discover and enjoy on first-hand the secrets of everything related with Catena Zapata. 100 years in Argentinian viticulture and 4 family generations. This is a ...  Read more

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

From USD $285.00
Hidden Wineries of the Uco Valley, Mendoza, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Hidden Wineries of the Uco Valley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

This tour is designed to show you another face of the Uco Valley. Experience a fantastic wine area visiting three wineries far from the massive tourist places: ...  Read more

Location: Mendoza, Argentina
Duration: 8 to 10 hrs

From USD $240.00
Wine Tour with Lunch from Mendoza, Mendoza, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Wine Tour with Lunch from Mendoza

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

This is a perfect tour to learn about the wine culture of Mendoza! Enjoy 7 hours and share with our guide a traditional wine experience.

Location: Mendoza, Argentina
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.26
Uco Valley Wine Day Trip from Mendoza, Mendoza, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Uco Valley Wine Day Trip from Mendoza

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Visit three Uco Valley wineries and learn of Argentina’s winemaking heritage on this full-day wine tour from Mendoza. Beneath the towering peaks of the Andes ...  Read more

Location: Mendoza, Argentina
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $262.00
Private Tour: Mendoza Wine with Driver and Guide, Mendoza, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Private Tour: Mendoza Wine with Driver and Guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Discover the wineries of Argentina's Valle de Uco on a private day tour, and learn about Mendoza wine on its journey from grape to glass. With a private guide, ...  Read more

Location: Mendoza, Argentina
Duration: 7 to 8 hours

From USD $200.00

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