1. Mendoza, Argentina’s most important wine region, has two wineries in the World’s Best Vineyards’ Top 10 and five in the Top 50 (2021). It has also had the number one for three years in a row – Zuccardi Valle de Uco.
2. It’s not just the wineries that are outstanding – the local gastronomy and wines are just as splendid.
3. This is the place to find the world’s best Malbecs, Argentina’s flagship grape. The black grape produces superb, elegant red wines that have been responsible for the uplift in Argentina’s reputation as a world-class wine-producing country.
4. Tours and tastings usually include visits to the beautiful vineyards. But there’s much more on offer at Mendoza’s wineries: high-class restaurants, art and culture, bicycle rides, cooking classes, and even the possibility of harvesting or crafting your own blend.
5. Located at the foot of the highest mountains of the Andes, Mendoza’s scenery is a delight. You could simply spend your time gazing at the magnificent mountain range, which also protects the vineyards and visitors from the worst of the weather brought in by the Pacific Ocean. The resulting climate is pleasant, temperate with little rain and very few windy days.
6. Mendoza’s beautiful natural scenery also includes rivers and valleys where tourists can enjoy adventures, including rafting, canoeing and kayaking, as well as activities such as rappel, mountain biking, mountain climbing, and zip-lining. There are 19 protected Natural Areas in Mendoza, chosen for possessing a special value from a scenic, recreational, cultural and natural point of view, to protect its biodiversity and for being unique and varied landscapes. Examples include Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in America, Bosques Telteca, a forest of 100-year-old carob trees, Caverna de las Brujas, a cavern with strange mineral shapes, and Payunia, an area with 400 volcanoes of many different sizes.
7. “An oasis in the middle of the desert” is the phrase that is frequently used to describe the city of Mendoza. Water and the hand of man have made a garden full of squares and extensive parks, with more than 100,000 trees that offer shade. There are also more than 500km of ‘acequias’, an urban irrigation system of ditches inherited from our indigenous ancestors. Added to this, the streets and sidewalks are spacious and clean.
8. There is a wide range of places to stay, from inns to luxury spas, and something for every budget. You can also stay at some of the wineries, too.
9. Mendoza celebrates the grape harvest every year with a series of events that culminate in a great party of light, colour, music and dances – the National Harvest Festival – on the first weekend of March. It’s so important to the people of Mendoza that they are trying to get it included in UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage of Humanity List. The project is currently being considered in the Senate of Mendoza.
10. In a relatively short period, Mendoza has become one of the main wine centres in the world, and is part of the Network of Great World Capitals of Wine.
But, most of all, Mendoza is a destination to enjoy!