The best way to get to Mendoza is by bus from Santiago in Chile over the Andes and across the border into Argentina. It takes about 6 hours and you will drive through mountainous scenery reminiscent of Central Asia and past the vineyards that surround Mendoza.
My partner and I have just finished a five-day tasting trip in the Mendoza region of Argentina. The trip was fantastic, the backdrop of the Andes is breathtaking, and the wines and cuisine really are world class.
We traveled with this tour operator who specialise in luxury wine and gourmet tours. Well worth the cost.
Stay at Cavas wine lodge - it's a real treat.
We also ate at Vistalba's restaurant which was one of our favourite meals of all time.
The most luxurious restaurant in town, converted from an old winery. Think high ceilings, marble floors, ultra-attentive waiting staff, perfect lighting and ambience, distant music, oh and the food - it's Argentina so there needs to be no explanation. The place is run by a TV chef, but don't let that put you off. Unless you go mad don't expect to pay more £30-40 per head.
We had the best stay of our entire trip around Argentina being looked after by Juan at La Escondida in Mendoza City.
He sent us to the Vines of Mendoza tasting rooms, it was phenomenal and his restaurant recommendations were flawless.
We also went on a wine tour organised through a travel agent at the rail station and separately went to visit the Escorihuela winery where we had a private tour and were even invited to their evening tango party!
Julio A. Roca 344 Ciudad Mendoza
Vines of Mendoza
Espejo 567 (between Chile and 25 de Mayo),Mendoza, Argentina.
Phone: +54 261 438 1031
Godoy Cruz, Mendoza
If you love wines you should visit the Mendoza wine country. I had a great time tasting superb red wines in different wineries. I recommend booking well in advance, I did it through Mendoza Holidays (www.mendozaholidays.com), they offer private tours in excecutive vans, also run an old rural house amidst the vines. Unforgettable experience!!
I studied Spanish at Intercultural, a fantastic Spanish school in Mendoza and I can highly recommended it. The teachers and the classes were excellent and in the afternoon you can do a lot of activities with the school. I learnt Salsa, and how to cook empanadas. It is a great place to learn Spanish with a friendly atmosphere. Mendoza is the wine town in Argentina so I also got to know a lot of excellent wines.
This company specializes in touring the wine regions of South America, but they seem to focus on Argentina and Chile. Very professional from the start. Not the cheapest, but if you want a serious insight into the Terroirs and industry I am sure you will find no better.
(00) 1 707 927 4167
(00) 5 982 400 4013
Skype Robertson Wine Tours
Ruca Malen is a wonderful vineyard in Mendoza in the most beautiful setting. We had an enthusiastic and informative wine tour followed by a five course meal with matching wines. We enjoyed an amazing lunch sitting on the dining terrace with an outstanding view of the Andes. One of the most memorable meals of my life.
The backdrop of the serene Andes mountain range and the wind in my hair as I travelled by bike from vineyard to vineyard was the jewel of my experiences on my trip to Argentina's wine captital: Mendoza. Perfect for the budget (and eco) tourist. You get to sample great wines for next to nothing and you get guided tours, beautiful food and that superb scenery on the way. Be careful not to imbibe to much until the very end. You still have to cycle back!
This is a fantastic boutique hotel in the middle of Argentina's wine country. Set in the shadow of the Andes. Beautifully designed buildings and rooms (the owners are architects) and a personal, tailored service make staying there feel like a very simple experience. I found it to be the most relaxing place I have stayed on my whole trip round the country. The hotel is very quickly picking up a dedicated fanbase and the owners are starting to produce wine for the exclusive benefit of their guests. I'll definitely be going back for a bottle or two!
Terrazas de Los Andes can be found in one of the most picturesque places in South America. I travelled through Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil, and Mendoza has to be one of my favourite places from my visit. The winery itself is incredibly tranquil, set in the mountains, away from main roads, you can't help but lose yourself there. We were given a very informative tour around the winery and then sat down to the most delicious three course meal, each course accompanied by a different wine. We spent the entire afternoon there, chatting over the wine, enjoying the food and ended up snoozing on the swinging hammock in the garden. I would recommend visiting between January and February when it is lovely and warm.
Thames y Cochabamba, Perdriel,
Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza
Tel: (54 261) 488 0058
Fax: (54 261) 488 0614
Vintura is a travel agency specializing in wine tours and gourmet food in Mendoza, Argentina. I spent a wonderful time when I travelled to Mendoza and liked their tours very much. They are really specialized in wines and they are experts in that field.
The idea is to provide, in a few days, a deep understanding of the wine making regions of Mendoza, Argentina as a wine making area. To show the different enterprises dedicated to the production of wines representing each one of the sectors in the area.
They prepare these personalized wine tours for wine lovers from around the world get to know and enjoy the landscapes, vineyards, wines and food that make up Argentinian culture.
Tel: 0054 261 4239314
This tenedor libre (all you can eat) restaurant is a fantastic place for an orgiastic eating experience, surrounded by noisy Mendocinos having a great night out - the best in town. Choose from literally hundreds of freshly cooked dishes, a brilliant grill, and wash it all down with a good wine from the heart of Argentina's wine country. Look out for the waiter called Antonio - he is a star - and go on your birthday (they'll even give you a present).
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