Opened in 1999, Bodega Tierras Altas was one of Mendoza's first boutique wineries. Run by the Arizu family with more than a century of experience in winemaking, the winery (bodega) produces malbec, cabernet sauvignon, and malbec rose wines, as well as a range of extra virgin olive oils.
Wine lovers can discover the secrets of Argentina's most famous wine during a guided tour at Tierras Altas. Stroll around the vineyards, peek behind the scenes of the winemaking process, and visit the wine cellars. After learning the step-by-step process of wine production, enjoy a guided wine tasting, straight from the barrel.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The legal drinking age in Argentina is 18.
- Advance booking is required for winery tours and tastings, which are conducted in both Spanish and English.
- There is also a winery restaurant that serves lunch and dinner, with wine tastings included.
How to Get There
Bodega Tierras Altas is located 20 minutes south of Mendoza city by road. Biking is a popular way to reach the winery, but the hop-on hop-off Vitivinicola bus also stops right outside.
When to Get There
The winery is open Tuesday through Sunday. Although wine tours are possible year-round, the most pleasant time to explore the vineyards is in spring and summer, from October through March.
Exploring the Mendoza Wine Region
Mendoza is the largest wine region in South America, with three main appellations: Lujan de Cuyo, Valle de Uco, and Maipu Valley, plus more than 1,500 wineries dotting the fertile mountain valleys. The region is most famous for its malbec, which is shipped all around the world, but it's also possible to find excellent cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and syrah, as well as some white wine varieties, such as chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, and riesling.