Mendoza has more than a thousand bodegas (wineries) to choose from, each with their own unique flavours. The bodegas are sprinkled throughout the Mendoza region like snow in the mountains. Everywhere you go you will find a fascinating new one to explore with a new flavour to sample. Harvesting (between March and April) is a good time to visit, and wine-tasting events happen frequently, but check the cultural section of the local newspapers for more information about what wine-tasting events are coming up.
Mendoza. A city of mountainous scenery, breezy plazas and cosmopolitan cafes. Settings of wide, burnt-orange flats that blaze out to the horizon to meet the soaring, snow-tipped peaks of the Andes mountains. Home to Argentina’s most iconic wines, where it’d be foolish not to spend a good day (or two) touring the beautiful vineyards and sampling their fruits. Whether it’s world-famous Malbecs, Syrahs, Torrontes or Cabarets, you’ll find a wine for every palette on a holiday in Mendoza.
Argentina’s spectacular wine country
Europeans introduced the craft of winemaking to Mendoza hundreds of years ago, but it was the Argentinians that perfected it, paving the way to the exquisite blends of today. Mendoza is truly the heart and soul of Argentina’s wine country and there are numerous vineyards to visit while you’re there. Head to the Zuccardi vineyard for an afternoon enjoying a sumptuous asado (barbeque), before whiling away the day on the outside veranda with a glass of chilled, Zuccardi blend.
While a significant draw of the city, wine is not the only attraction of a Mendoza holiday. For a little action and adventure, you can head to the towering red walls of Atuel Canyon or brave the Mendoza zip-line where you’ll soar over a mountain lake. The opportunities for excitement are endless, with kayaking, white water rafting, mountain biking and skiing all available in the area. Wind down for the evening at one of the city’s many fabulous bars and restaurants.
We organise tailor made holidays in Mendoza, so you can stay at your favourite boutique hotels, visit your preferred vineyards, and add on any activities you want to. Perfect for a couples getaway or a family-friendly adventure, get in touch with one of our Destination Specialists to start planning.
This is one of the best ways to get out of the city and see the beauty of Mendoza's wine region. Gallop along the wine route, watching as the vines spread beneath your gaze to the feet of the Andes mountain range. For that authentic gaucho experience, book an overnight ride with the gauchos. Gauchos depart at sunset, take you night riding around the vineyards, and give you the chance to look after the horses, before bringing you back the next day.
Don't just sample the regional cuisine, learn how to make it on your holiday to Mendoza. Cooking classes show you the culture, traditions, and customs of the locals who live here. Learn to make typical Mendocinian empanadas, asadas, and homemade bread. Some of the best classes are provided by Ampora, Familia Zuccardi, and La Tupiña Bistro.
Best time to visit Mendoza
The best time to visit Mendoza is between October and May. Spring - October and November - and Fall - March and April - are warm, crisp and bursting with harvest colours. This is the best time for winery tours and outdoor activities in the region.
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“While exploring Mendoza, head to the pedestrian zone, “Peatonal Sarmiento.” This is a great place to do some shopping, check out the street performers and try some Argentinian street food.”
“Make sure you visit beautiful Plaza Espana - known for its Spanish-style coloured tiles, shaded gardens and fountains.”
Events & Festivals
Vendimia is Mendoza’s largest festival - drawing thousands of visitors every year. This is a wonderful time to visit Mendoza and really get an insight into the city’s local life and culture.
Vendimia (Wine Harvest Festival) is a celebration of music and dance that takes place each year in Mendoza to mark harvest time. The festival begins in January, with the crux of the festival starting on the first Saturday of March and continuing until the beginning of April. The finale of the festival is a performance with hundreds of dancers, a huge firework display and the crowing of the Reina Nacional de la Vendimia (National Harvest Queen).
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