Mendoza, with the mighty Andesas a backdrop and over 300 days of sun a year is a wine lover'sparadise and a winemaker's dream. Mendoza is a small cosmopolitan city with great nightlife and a relaxed country vibe – perfect as a base to tour the different wine regions and take part in adventure sports in and around Aconcagua National Park. The wine and food industry is changing at an incredible pace, with new restaurants, wineries, winemaking methods being discovered every single day. Find boutique wineries still using original 100 year old vines alongside futuristic wineries where concrete eggs sit side by side with ancient amphorae and do we even need to mention how stunning the views are? Here’s our guide to Mendoza: South America’s most dynamic wine producing region.Read less
By plane, you get to Mendoza from Buenos Aires on most major international airlines. Flight times from both London and Los Angeles to Buenos Aires is thirteen hours to give an example. From Buenos Aires, there are several daily flights to Mendoza with local airlines and is just an hour and a half away. The international airport (EZE) is only 7 km from central Buenos Aires but bear in mind that the domestic airport (AEP) is about an hour’s drive away without traffic.
You can get to Mendoza from Buenos Aires by overnight bus, which is cheaper but not nearly as comfortable. It takes around twelve hours.
Currency in Argentina is the Peso. There are currently around 49 Pesos to £1 and 38 Pesos to 1$USD. Some places will accept US dollars, especially the bigger shops, but don’t rely on it.
All year round. The best time to visit is during the harvest at the end of February to mid-May as there are a lot of activities in the wineries. The winter months of June to September are the best for avoiding crowds and receiving more intimate attention. Most people underestimate Mendoza and always wish they stayed longer. Go for a minimum of 3 days but we recommend 5 days to a week if you are a die-hard wine lover and enjoy outdoor activities. (Try 3 days to visit the 3 main wine regions, 1 day in the mountains and 1 to 2 days in the city or doing another activity).
There are three main wine regions in Mendoza. The Eastern region Maipu (the oldest region), Lujan de Cuyo (just south of the city and considered the premier Malbec zone) and the Uco Valley (80 km south and home to Mendoza's highest altitude vineyards, right at the base of the Andes). These three main regions are very different and well worth at least a day in each.
Vea Vintage Expo: A fabulous annual tasting with more than 250 wineries over four days. There are games and wine activities, tons of tastings, live music, and food stalls galore. Find it on Avenida Sarmiento.
Vendimia wine festival: Vendimia is the most important wine festival event in Argentina and it marks the harvest season with origins from the 17th century. Each year at the grape harvest, Mendocinos thanked their patron saint, the Virgin of Carrodilla and select a young maiden to be the harvest queen. The festival takes place over ten days in the first week in March and is a must for wine lovers. Hotels get busy, so book well in advance!
Wine Rock Tour (Bodega Monteviejo, Uco Valley)
A rock music festival with wine. What’s not to love? At the foot of the Cordon del Plata at Bodega Monteviejo, you’ll find food courts, regional wines, art exhibitions of all kinds. It’s enormous fun!
Mendoza Fashion Week: Only in a wine region would wine tasting be such a major part of an haute couture fashion show! You’ll see designers from all over the world and taste prestigious wines while you do so.
Tango through the vines: Every year, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Mendoza and Bodegas de Argentina put on a series of tango performances all around Mendoza at locations such as museums, wineries, theatres, hotels and restaurants. The festival last twelve days and is an absolute must if you are in the vicinity.
Argentine Wine Day: on the 24th of November every year, Argentina celebrates its national wine day. You’ll find events all around Mendoza - and Argentina for that matter - and the sun is starting to shine, so it’s a great time of year to go.