Mendoza is the main winemaking province in Argentina and, since July 2005, one of the Great Wine Capitals of the World.

In this land, Malbec’s birthplace, more than 1,200 wineries produce the 70% of total Argentine wine production. Mendoza attracts travelers for many reasons. Its hotel infrastructure and tourist services are the most complete: five stars hotels, medium-level urban accommodation, exclusive boutique hotels, country houses; international hotels, author cuisine; picturesque cities and important museums; regular tours to learn about winemaking and sensorial personalized tours that include exquisite pairing with regional cuisine flavors. Natural scenarios, with the imposing frame of the Andean Range, are destinations specially suitable for combining enotourism with adventure tourism: snow, rivers, mountains, lagoons, caves, deserts, flora and fauna reservations offer countless proposals.

In Mendoza, the great concentration of winemaking facilities open to tourism offers a really integrating experience that includes local winemaking history: many wineries have their own museums exhibiting the rich heritage that witnessed the effort of wine pioneers that converted this territory into a blessed land for the elaboration of the “national beverage”.

Grape harvest is a time lived intensively. During the months of February, March and April -depending on the grape variety and their final destination- grapes mature and they are carefully harvested, selecting every bunch by hand. To celebrate this time, the different cities organize cultural activities that finish on the first Saturday in March at the capital city with the Harvest National Festival. This festival is one of the most important events in the province; it goes beyond borders and gathers visitors from all over the world. It starts with the Fruits Blessing –whose Saint Patron is Our Lady of Carrodilla-, it follows with a parade by the city streets presenting the young ladies willing to be elected Harvest National Queen. It culminates in the middle of the mounts, at the Greek Theater “Fray Romero Day”, with a stunning artistic show before more than 30,000 spectators.

In Mendoza, Wine Routes are divided in four regions corresponding to four grape producing oasis: Center, East, Uco Valley and South.

The Center Wine Route, close to the provincial capital, was the First Winemaking Area in Argentina. Comprised by the departments of Guaymallén, Godoy Cruz, Maipú and Luján de Cuyo, it concentrates a great number of wineries with different kinds of production.

Very close to Mendoza city, between 1.5 and 3 miles, Godoy Cruz offers guided tours to its urban wineries, where visitors are invited to taste and buy their wines, visit the art rooms at their cellars and experiment the place’s wine-gastronomy charm at exquisite gourmet restaurants serving typical, regional and international dishes. 

At 9 miles from the capital, Maipú –an actual oasis with vineyards and olive groves- is “wine’s birthplace”. It was in this place where the first grapes were found. Tourism in Maipú is an experience related to sensations. Wine and Olive Routes are definitely lived with the senses. Aromas, flavors, color shapes and textures are complemented with Argentine Winemaking history like the Wine and Harvest National Museum at Juan Giol’s House, the Italian wine-producer pioneer. This circuit also offers other rural and religious proposals.

And at 10 miles, Luján de Cuyo is the “Malbec Land”, as in this region this grape variety develops under exceptional conditions. While going through this Wine Route, visitors shall find a large number of distinguished and traditional wineries offering guided visits, participation in harvesting activities, horseback rides across the vineyards, among others. Besides, they shall hear stories about the first European immigrants. The Cordón del Plata range, with its permanent snow-covered peaks, shall accompany the trip. It is recommended to visit Casa de Fader Museum. And for those seeking adventure, Potrerillos is the right place. In the evenings, the residential and picturesque area called Chacras de Coria welcome tourists with an irresistible gourmet gastronomic offer.

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