If you’ve spent any amount of time in Argentina, one of the first things you will have noticed after all the graffiti and inflation, is that wine here is abundant, cheap and of high quality. As the fifth largest wine producer in the world and the largest in South America, you shouldn’t come all the way to Argentina and not visit at least one winery.
The Mendoza valley lies on the western edge of Argentina only a few hours away from the Andes Mountain range and the dry temperate climate results in the perfect wine growing region – accounting for over 70% of Argentina’s total wine production. There are a number of different tour options available, or you can always hoof it on your own, but to guarantee an English speaking guide it’s best to go with a tour. The standard half day option includes a large scale winery, a boutique winery and an olive making factory, each with samples and a detailed behind the scenes tour. Tour pricing starts from about $15 per person for a half day tour with transport to and from your accommodation included.
Besides wine tours, Mendoza is a beautiful walking city with sprawling parks and pedestrian only streets lined with coffee shops and nice restaurants. In 1861 the city was leveled by a large scale earthquake and as a result when the city was rebuilt they created the wide open spaces, large lanes and parks for gathering points that are the city’s hallmarks today should another big one hit. There are a few museums in town that are dedicated to the rebuilding of the town after the quake and showcase the some of the remaining original structures.
One thing you’ll want to keep in mind in Mendoza is that they take their siesta very seriously here with shops and restaurants closing from approximately 1-4 pm daily, if not longer. The streets clear out and the whole place becomes a ghost town midday.
Jen’s Overall Review: A charming city with wide open spaces and wine tours running all day every day, what more could one ask for?