Mendoza & the Winelands
The colonial city of Mendoza is in the picturesque Andes foothills surrounded by the verdant and productive Winelands.
Mendoza is an attractive city with a pleasantly relaxed ambience. It was founded by the Spanish in 1561 and has the typically colonial wide streets and pretty plazas. Visitors can soak up the easy-going atmosphere in a stroll around the city appreciating the fine architecture. Another notable feature of Mendoza are the city’s many trees which are watered by irrigation channels which were designed and constructed by the Huarpes tribe who inhabited the area prior to colonialism.
The Mendoza region is the largest wine-producing area in South America and there are many wine estates, or bodegas, you can visit to learn about viticulture past and present as well as sample some of the reputed produce. The setting is undeniably scenic, long lines of vines backed by the Andes Mountains and the year-round sunshine and mild climate make this a worthwhile stop on your Argentinian holiday.
- Enjoy laid-back Mendoza: Take a stroll along the tree-lined streets, pay a visit to one of the museums and wind down with a meal in Plaza Independencia, washed down, naturally, with some fine local wine.
- Tour a bodega: There’s plenty of choice with over 1,500 wineries in the region, ranging from small family-owned business to modern, state-of-the-art facilities. Learn about process from vine to bottle and enjoy a tasting to appreciate the art to the full.
- Experience outdoor life: The gorgeous scenery, sun and warm temperatures make this a great location for outdoor pursuits. Pull on your hiking boots or take to a bike to engage with nature and relish the views and fresh air.
- See the Well of Souls: There are two dramatic sinkholes in Mendoza, near Los Molles.