Last updated on January 10th, 2019 at 01:06 pm
Mendoza, located at the base of the Andes Mountains in Argentina, is a wonderful place for those seeking adventure and the best wine from South America. It’s just on the other side of the Andes Mountains from Santiago too, and often mentioned by those who love wine.
The Maipu Valley and Uco Valley invite visitors from all over the world to try their variety of local reds, delicious Malbecs, and some white wines too!
There are a couple different ways to experience wine country in Mendoza, let’s discuss our ideas when considering some of the best wine tours in South America.
3. Mendoza City & Nearby Wine Tours
The vineyards are located in the valleys and surrounding countryside outside of Mendoza City. One can stay at a hotel in the city and do day tours to the wineries, where you can do tastings and stroll the vineyards before heading back to the city for the evening. This is a great option for those who would also like to enjoy wines after some of the many adventure tours that Mendoza has to offer. While we don’t recommend Argentina’s whitewater rafting as an activity to partake in after a wine tour 🙂 but definitely reach out to us if you’d like to go rafting first; then relax to wine in the evenings. Mendoza is a great base camp for adventure and wine combined!
2. Wine Lodges and Hotels
On the outskirts of Mendoza city lie the sprawling vineyards and bodegas. Hotels and lodges have become established out there, where you can spend your days biking from winery to winery and stopping at the occasional olive oil factory. Many lodges even have their own vineyard and bodega, which is nice to explore during your downtime. This option is best for extreme wine enthusiasts.
1. Vendimia, the Mendoza Grape Harvest Festival
During this time the grapes are harvested and the wine is-a-flowing. There is a Vendimia parade that takes place in Mendoza city, and all the locals come out to celebrate. It’s a celebration of winemaking and the regions wine. This usually occurs during the first week of March in Mendoza. There are dancers, performances, and even fireworks!
This blog entry was written by our very own Annica Gaither.