In the province where wine is born, a visit to foundational time footprints. With country men and women following the steps to the Liberator.

Eastern Mendoza’s vineyards tell stories about foundational times: of the Argentine Republic and local winemaking industry. Here lived America’s Liberator, the great General José de San Martín; and, also, here were planted the vineyards that gave birth to the first wines that arrived to the tables of the whole country.  Nowadays, at the road sides, irrigating ditches dominate the landscape with their transparent mountain waters meant to irrigate both vineyards and olive plantations. In this area, the Liberator’s presence is part of the local culture. Country people, with their laborious work at farms and vineyards, open the doors of Eastern Mendoza to a definitely authentic experience.

Eastern Mendoza comprises the departments of Rivadavia, San Martín, Junín, Santa Rosa and La Paz. Characterized by an important desert landscape conquered by countrymen, it is the main region as far as vineyards’ extension and grape-wine production are concerned; it hosts industrial wineries that produce the classical table wine and others with lower production but supreme quality. Winemaking activity can be traced back to the arrival of the Spaniards to theses lands (15th century) with an important growth during viceroyalty times and a consolidated development with the arrival of Italian, Spanish, French and Arabian immigrants, towards the ends of the Second World War. The most important productive oasis is in the department of Gral. San Martín, at 26 miles from the provincial capital. In this land, vineyards come along with the country’s history. There are many places to visit related to the life of America’s Liberator: José de San Martín, the ideologist and conductor of the Andean Army.

The so called “Eastern Lands” also invite to enjoy peace at rural atmospheres: accommodation at country houses offers the possibility to spend the day among gauchos, enjoy their Creole skills; learn to prepare jams, cold cuts and preserves; take a ride in old carriages, taste typical gastronomy, learn about leather, wool, wood and mud handcrafts, or get fascinated by the music of Mendoza’s guitars. And, obviously, visit –by foot, bike or horseback- vineyards and wineries and share the culture of this people that devote their lives to wine production. And, why not, taste exquisite varietals like Merlot, Bonarda, Tempranillo, Pedro Giménez and Ugni Blac.

As a main axis, Provincial Road N° 60 combines the main and oldest roads in a trip covering a world of memories, Sanmartinian routes, stories around national heroes and old usages merged with these days’ productive processes. Among other places to visit, it is worth mentioning: San Martín Channel also called “the Irrigating Ditch of the Nation”; Villa Orfila keeping the Mills House, an old mud house inhabited by its founder, Mr. José Orfila, and his traditional winery. Not very far from there, St. Cajetan Oratory keeps its old flour mill and each 7th August gathers more than 10,000 pilgrims. 

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