Considered to be Argentina’s wine capital, the bustling yet laid-back city of Mendoza is the kind of place that instantly appeals and keeps you for longer than expected. Wide avenues lined with bushy sycamore trees lead off from lively plazas where residents gather in cosmopolitan cafés. It’s also home to one of the country’s finest parks, the attractively landscaped Parque General San Martín that commands excellent views across the city and its surroundings from its hillside setting.
Cordoba may claim Argentina’s earliest recorded vineyard and Cafayate’s wines may be more internationally recognised but Mendoza is, and always has been, the heart of the country’s wine industry. Some 75% of Argentina’s total wine production comes from the region’s vines and Mendoza serves as the ideal base from which to explore the local vineyards and bodegas, or wine cellars. The eastern suburb of Guaymallén is where you’ll find the greatest concentration of bodegas, along with the satellite towns of Maipú and Luján de Cuyo. Travellers can visit a large range of wineries in the area, from old-fashioned traditional wine cellars to highly modern and mechanised productions, with plenty of opportunities to taste the local produce.
Unsurprisingly for a region rich in agricultural produce, Mendoza has a number of sophisticated restaurants offering top-class dining from the elegant bodegas with on-site dining facilities to ultra-chic city venues. For something more rustic, head to La Barra for a mouth-watering selection of meat dishes cooked with two types of wood for flavour and heat. Be sure to try the sublime matambre de cerdo, thin-sliced grilled pork.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Mendoza, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to South America