Mendoza is the epicenter of Argentina’s blossoming wine industry. At the foot of the Andes, Mendoza is a modern city set on historic foundations- the Great Liberator General San Martin crossed the Andes from here to help liberate Chile. Though rainfall is slight, irrigation turns the surrounding area into a green oasis covered with productive vineyards and fruit plantations.
Famous for the rich Malbec and sublime Cabernet, Mendoza wine tours and tastings are the perfect way to discover this internationally recognized gourmet province.
In the west of the province looms the world’s highest peak outside the Himalayas, culminating in the defiant Aconcagua, whose summit is only a shade under 7000 meters.
There are many activities to take part in from:
- horseback riding
- rock climbing
- white-water rafting
- cooking classes
Day 1: Mendoza City
Arrival at Airport and hire car pick. Take 20 minute drive into the center of Mendoza and book into hotel: Villaggio Hotel Boutique
Afternoon city tour
The city of Mendoza is well known for its picturesque streets full of trees and lush parks. The tour includes the major points of interest such as the Government House and San Martin Park where there is a Zoo. The ride continues to Independence Square surrounded by the Municipal Theatre and the Modern Art Museum, then to Plaza España, Plaza del Castillo and La Rosaleda, where it is possible to find over 4.500 rose plants, then on to Frank Romero Day Amphitheatre, where the closing ceremony of the Fiesta de la Vendimia takes place every year. The tour ends at Cerro de la Gloria where a monument commemorates the Crossing of the Andes conducted by General José de San Martin during his fight for Independence. An expert historian will meet group at this site to tell the story of the epic expedition of General Jose de San Martín, the regional hero of the Independence, famous for his crossing of the Andes mountains, the most audacious military campaign of the Argentinean history.
Day 2: Central Region
Altitude: 600-1,100m (2,000-3,600ft) Key sub-regions: Cruz de Piedra, Maipú, Luján de Cuyo, Lunlunta, Agrelo, Ugarteche
Argentina’s wine heritage was born in the Central Region. Malbec was first planted in Agrelo, while the sub-appellations Luján de Cuyo and Maipú are two of the region’s most traditional terroirs. Cut out by the Mendoza River, the Central Valley benefits from old alluvial deposits and the disintegration of minerals from the Andes; perfect for Malbec, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon
Accommodation: Lares de Chacras
Day 3: Uco Valley
Altitude: 900-1,400m (3,000-4,500ft) Key sub-regions: Tupungato, La Consulta, Altamira, San Carlos, Tunuyán, Vista Flores
Famous for its high-altitude vineyards and cool climate, the Uco Valley sits in the foothills of the Andes about 60 miles south of Mendoza city. Numerous streams of fresh snowmelt irrigate the fertile soil, collecting in the Tunuyán River.
In the heart of this renowned valley is Tupungato, or “star view point” in the local native language, named after the impressive volcano nearby. It has some of the highest vineyards in the world, resulting in cool weather and extreme temperature differences from day to night.
This is where Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon thrive, as well as a very floral, fresh Malbec with sweet fruit and firm tannins, making wines of great natural acidity and ageing potential.
Accommodation: Ranco e Cuero Estancia
Day 4: Aconcagua
Today we drive to the very heart of the Andes. We drive through the Andes Range to the foot of the Aconcagua. Along the Pan American Highway we pass several summer villages to the Villavicencio Gorge, an area famous for its thermal waters. Then on to Quebrada del Toro, Las Araucarias de Darwin, El Balcon, the Amphitheatre and Los Paramillos to get to Uspallata Village located in the Valley with the same name, an oasis between two mountain ranges in the heart of the Andes. At Puente del Inca there is a natural monument unique in the world: a rock formation that resembles a bridge over Las Cuevas river. From this standpoint, looking to the north, the sight of the Aconcagua is awesome: the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere (6.962 mts). We continue along the mountain road surrounded by breathtaking landscapes to get to Las Cuevas Village (3.196 mts above sea level). Up a narrow mountain road the tour gets to the Statue of Christ the Redeemer (4.200 mts above sea level), located in the limit between Argentina and Chile as a proof of friendship between the people of the two countries.
Accommodation: Cabanas Aconcagua
Day 5: Eastern Region
From the high altitude of the Andes we head to Maipu in the Eastern Region
Altitude: 600-750m (2,000-2,500ft) Key sub-regions: Rivadavia, Junín, San Martín, Pedemonte
Traditionally the main wine-producing region of Mendoza, the sub-regions of Junín, Rivadavia, San Martín and Santa Rosa, irrigated by the Tunuyán River, have some of the country’s oldest vines. Grape varieties such as Bonarda and Shiraz flourish in the Eastern Region, producing juicy, ripe flavors high in concentration.
Accommodation: TikaKilly Lodge & Wines
Day 6: Mendoza
Drive back to Airport and return car and catch connecting flight.
- Meals were indicated
- Transfers as listed
- Tours & activities as listed
- Car Hire
- Internal Flights.
- International Flights
- Travel Insurance
- Access to National Parks
Net cost per Person for 6 Day Tour: From US$1390 on a double basis