Most wine connoisseurs know that one of the best destinations in South America for sampling the local libation is Mendoza, Argentina, but you don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to join in the fun! There are so many different activities to combine with wine tasting and visiting the local vineyards… wine tours in Mendoza, Argentina have something to offer any kind of traveler with excursions such as horseback riding or bicycling your way through the wineries.
Mendoza is located in a beautiful valley region of western Argentina, nestled against the impressive Andes mountain range and just a quick 2-hour flight from Buenos Aires or 40 minutes from Santiago. You can even reach this wine-lovers paradise by taking a comfortable 6-hour bus ride from Santiago and marvel at the spectacular Andean scenery en route.
Before getting tipsy at one of the Mendoza wine bodegas, take a Mendoza city tour to see many of the landmarks and learn more about the history of the Mendoza region. Then choose from a number of wine tours in Mendoza, Argentina, which include sightseeing to famous landmarks such as the Church of Carrodilla and the Puente del Inca (Inca Bridge).
Next, enjoy a full day (or two!) wine tasting in the Maipu, Lujan de Cuyo, and Uco regions near Mendoza. A wine expert will whisk you from bodega to bodgea, showing you 3 of the finest wineries and explaining the process of winemaking for the delicious varietals that come from Mendoza. Enjoy lunch at one of the wineries, including wine tasting. For an even more in-depth experience of Mendoza wines, you can take a Wine Maker for a Day tour, where you’ll be accompanied by a wine expert.
Another popular choice for wine tours in Mendoza, Argentina, is a cooking class at a local restaurant, where Mendoza’s fine chefs will share their secrets about what dishes make a good glass of Malbec wine simply delicious. A meal and wine tasting are included.
Thanks to the amazing natural landscapes and proximity to the mountain range, you can enjoy many different outdoor activities in combination with our wine tours in Mendoza, Argentina such as rafting, trekking, mountain biking, rappelling and much more! And after a long day of adventure, you can enjoy the excellent restaurants and bars that the city of Mendoza has to offer…of course don’t forget that glass of Malbec!
For those who want to breathe in the fresh mountain air and bike through the sunny Mendoza valley, a wine tasting & bike riding tour is available. The bike route includes 3 stops to taste Chardonnay, Syrah, and finally, Malbec. Then head to the winery Familia Zuccardi in the Maipu region, where you can explore the vineyards and enjoy a light lunch with cold cuts and regional cheeses.
Adventure seekers will get a thrill out of a river rafting ride down the Rio Mendoza, or a rapelling and rock climbing course. Or go horseback riding through wineries or the beautiful Quebrada hills. Trekking to Black Mountain gives Many of these adventure tours are half-day tours, and can easily be combined with a wine tour or another tour of your choice.
The best way to see Mendoza is to book your trip with a company that specializes in Argentina and knows the area; they will make sure you visit the best wineries and will take care of all the details so that you can just relax and sip away! Wine tours in Mendoza, Argentina can be perfectly combined with the neighboring countries of Chile and Uruguay. So get your taste buds and hiking boots ready…Mendoza is waiting for you to discover its natural beauty and world-famous wines!
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Wine Tours in Mendoza, Argentina
by Leanne Reuss