I probably shouldn’t be surprised that most of the destinations still on my “must visit” list are wine destinations! And today’s wine region is no exception. In the world of wine, when someone says Malbec, the first thought is typically “Mendoza”. I was first introduced to this fabulous wine region years ago when helping organize a wine pairing dinner featuring wines from Mendoza.
Located at the edge of the Andes close to Chile (another one on my list), Mendoza is an absolutely stunning area filled with amazing wine, food and friendly people who are friendly and very welcoming, not only making you immediately feel at home, but creating special travel memories.
At the heart of Argentina’s wine country is the city of Mendoza. The city has wide, leafy streets lined with modern and art deco buildings, and smaller plazas surrounding the main Plaza Independencia. Its culture and history, originated from Spanish colonizers four centuries ago, instilling a distict European feel. The Spanish origins are still evident with archaeological remains of ancient buildings, ruins, and churches.
Mendoza recently received acclaim from Travel & Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler as a top spot for wine and luxury travel. With more than 1,500 bodegas (wineries) offer tastings and tours spread across its wide open wine regions, you’ll enjoy gorgeous vistas of vines, grand mountains and blue skies, temperate climate, and some of the world’s best winery architecture. But Mendoza is more than wine – from plenty of active activities like white water rafting, mountain biking, hiking, trekking, ziplining to horseback riding, fly fishing, skiing to cooking classes and relaxing thermal spas, there is something for everyone. Definitely a unique destination you should consider including on your travel list if it isn’t already there.
Since Mendoza is in the southern hemisphere, it is a nice sunny getaway during US winter months. And with it being only 2 hours ahead of US Eastern time zone, jet lag is typically not an issue as with other destinations abroad.
Mendoza deserves three to four days to adequately take in the stunning beauty of the region, the warmth of its people, its food and its extraordinary wine. Serious wine affectinados will want at least 5 days to have time to visit different wine regions. Most often Mendoza is included as part of a South America itinerary. With nearby Santiago, Chile an easy one hour flight away – a trip combining stops in Mendoza and Santiago would make a unique and memorable trip.
October/November and March/April are best months to visit. During this time, winery activities are bustling, and outdoor adventures are in peak season. Currently vacations to Mendoza can be reserved for 2021 and 2022, typically with no risk cancellation policies, book early discounts, reduced deposits and other special offers.
WHEN TO GO: October/November and March/April, Allow at least 3 to 5 days
POPULAR TRAVEL STYLES: Small Private Groups, Independent Travel, Luxury Travel
IDEAL FOR: Culinary/Wine, Romantic Travel, Active Travel, Nature Vacation, Multi-Country Trip
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