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Travel Guide to Mendoza Wine Region

Mendoza wine region is widely considered to be the most important wine region in Argentina.  Mendoza has gained this reputation as it accounts for almost two-thirds of the entire wine production in Argentina. Mendoza wine region is located in the eastern foothills of the Andes Mountains, overlooked by the imposing Mount Aconcagua. Mendoza vineyards are planted at some of the highest altitudes in the world with some reaching as high as 36 00 feet above sea level. The vast majority of wineries in Argentina are located in Mendoza and as such, it is considered the heart of the country’s wine-making industry.

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The Heart of the Argentine Wine Industry - Mendoza Wine Region

Mendoza wine region of Argentina was originally known as Cuyo. This region experienced a dramatic boom in winemaking in the 19th and 20th centuries which resulted in the area developing into the fifth largest wine-growing region in the world and the largest in all of Latin America.

The climate of Mendoza wine region is continental with areas of semi-arid desert conditions. There are four distinct seasons throughout the year, without any real temperature extremes. This provides a very stable growing cycle for the vines without any major events such as winter dormancy. The main concern for winemakers regarding the climate is the hail during the summer months which is known to locals as La Piedra.

The soils of Mendoza vineyards are predominantly made of alluvial soils that contain loose sand over layers of clay. The many mountain rivers in the region including the Desaguadero, Mendoza, Tunuyán, Diamante, and Atuel Rivers, are excellent sources of irrigation. The water in these rivers is supplied by the melting glaciers in the Andes Mountains. Across Mendoza, there are more than 17 000 boreholes that provide the region with the equivalent of two rivers worth of water flow area. In addition to this, the region has an intricate irrigation system of canals, channels, and reservoirs that dates back to the 16th century.

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The Subregions of the Mendoza Wine Region

The subregions of the Mendoza wine region are Maipu, Luján de Cuyo, Uco Valley, San Rafael and East Mendoza (also known as San Martin). Maipu is located close to the main city of Mendoza and is the warmest of the subregions. Wines produced here are full-bodied with high levels of alcohol, fruity flavors, and powerful tannins. In Lujan de Cuyo, the most prominent grape varietals grown are Malbec and Cabernet Franc. In the Uco Valley, one can witness the most beautiful views of the Mendoza region and drink some of the area’s most premium wines. This area in the foothills of the Andes is dotted with blue lakes and rolling vineyards, making it the perfect wine tourism destination.

The view on the vineyard and Andes from Pulenta Estate Winery in Mendoza wine region
Pulenta Estate, Mendoza wine region, Argentina

Discover Mendoza Wine Route

Argentina is rated as one of the world‘s best wine regions, producing mainly red wines. Mendoza is a famous and well-known wine region in Argentina. Mendoza is an excellent production area for full-bodied red wines, such as Malbec. There are numerous famous wineries that produce high-quality red wines you can taste. Read more about the Mendoza wine route and taste local wines!

The High-Altitude Wines of Mendoza Wine Region

Due to its size and diverse range of grape varietals, Mendoza wine region produces a range of white and red wines that impress the palate of a range of wine drinkers. The Barrancas area of Mendoza vineyards is well-known for the production of red wine that has the flavours of darker fruits and soft levels of acidity. Barrancas produces internationally-recognized Syrah, Malbec, and Cabernet Sauvignon wines. In Maipu, the red wine production is dominated by Malbec, which gives the wine flavours of red fruits with hints of tobacco. The red wines of the Uco Valley are dense with layers of flavours of black fruits such as plums, blackberries, olives, and raspberries. These wines have notes of red pepper with a finish of cocoa powder. The San Rafael area produces mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec red wines with flavours of red roasted berries and a finish that is herbal and savoury. Along with this, they also produce red wine blends using Syrah and Malbec grapes. These wines are dark purple with violet undertones.

The vineyards and Andes view in San Juan wine region in the north of Argentina
Vineyards in San Juan, North of Argentina

Even though the Mendoza wine region is most famous for its red wines, white wines are also produced in the region using Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Chardonnay of Mendoza vineyards is a fresh wine that is often described as vibrant. These wines have a well-balanced acidity with notes of white fruits such as apples, pears, and peaches. Mendoza region also produces Mendoza sparkling wines from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. In recent times these sparkling wines have become extremely popular both locally and internationally.

Top Wineries to Visit in Mendoza Wine Region

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Bodega Familia Cassone

The Bodega Familia Cassone is a family-run vineyard and winery located in one of the oldest and first wine-producing areas of Mendoza. The estate produces excellent wines and olive oils that are popular in Argentina and abroad. Bodega Familia Cassone is open from Monday to Saturday to visitors for a 1-hour and 15 minutes wine tasting and tour hosted by the estate winemaker.

Bodega Salentein Cellar in Mendoza wine region

Bodega Salentein

Bodega Salentein is located in the Uco Valley of Mendoza. The team at Bodega Salentein strives to produce wines only of the highest quality that pay tribute to the terroir from which they come. The tasting room at Bodega Salentein is located in the basement of the winery alongside the cellar and is tastefully designed to welcome visitors for an Argentinean wine tasting experience.

Mevi vineyards and cellar view in Mendoza wine region


The Mevi winery is located on the foothills of the Andes Mountains in the Mendoza region. Mevi produces a range of excellent red, white, and rose wines from the grapes grown on the estate itself. The winery is specially designed to welcome tourists and visitors across two terraces that offer impressive views over the estate and the surrounding mountains. Mevi offers guided tours of the winery, followed by wine tastings paired with wonderful local fresh produce.

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Where to Stay in Mendoza?

NH Mendoza Cordillera

Located in downtown Mendoza, NH Mendoza Cordillera hotel offers accommodation in the city centre, only 100 metres from Independencia Square. The hotel features a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, gym and private parking.

Diplomatic Hotel

An outdoor swimming pool, gym facilities and a sauna room can be enjoyed in this 5-star hotel in downtown Mendoza. It is surrounded by restaurants, wine shops and stores.

Villaggio Hotel

Villaggio Hotel Boutique is located near Plaza Independencia. It features a swimming pool, a hot tub and a spa centre with a gym.  Rooms at Villaggio Hotel are modern and spacious, have stylish furnishings and decorated with fine art.

Agua Del Corral Hotel & Spa

Popular points of interest near Agua del Corral Hotel & Spa include Museo del Pasado Cuyano, Independencia Square and Paseo Alameda. It is located only 7 minutes from Governor Francisco Gabrielli International.

Mendoza Wine Region Map

Mendoza Wine Map

Where to Go in Mendoza Wine Region

Mendoza City - The Tourism Hub of the Mendoza Wine Region

Mendoza City is the capital of the province of Mendoza. Although this area is extremely dry and arid, Mendoza City is beautifully green thanks to its artificial irrigation system. The top attractions to visit in Mendoza City are the Parque San Martin, the various wineries in and around the city, the Plaza Independencia, the Mendoza Museum of Modern Art, the Piazza Espana, Central Park, and the Casa de Fader. Along with these attractions, Mendoza City also hosts a number of festivals and events throughout the year. The most popular of these is the harvest festival at the end of February each year.

When visiting Mendoza City don’t forget that a siesta or afternoon nap is still taken daily from 13:00 – 17:00 during which time most shops, restaurants, and banks are closed.

Independence Square in Mendoza city in Mendoza wine region, Argentina
Independence Square in Mendoza city, Argentina

Aristides in Mendoza City - Experience the Nightlife of Mendoza

The warm weather in the summer months in Mendoza wine region is the perfect invitation for visitors and locals to spend long days in the sun enjoying a beer and the excellent local wine. After the sun sets in Mendoza the nightlife truly comes alive in Aristides. Aristides is filled with bustling restaurants, pubs, and cocktail lounges which offer the best Argentinian wines and quality cuisine. This vibrant neighborhood is the perfect location for tourists to interact with locals and learn more about the local culture.

Wine and Harvest Museum - The Jewel in the Crown of the City of Maipu

The Wine and Harvest Museum is a national monument that is located in the city of Maipu in the Mendoza wine region. The history of the museum stretches back to 1896 when Gerónimo Baustista Gargantini, a Swiss immigrant, started a partnership with Juan Giol, an Italian immigrant, in the city of Maipu. Together, they established La Colina de Oro – the first winery in Mendoza.

After many years, the winery grew to include accommodation for visitors and various residences for the staff and winery owners. These buildings were designed by renowned Italian architect Manuel Mignani who gave the estate an Italian style with vast gardens.

Today, the buildings of La Colina de Oro form the Wine and Grape Harvest National Museum. The museum is open to visitors from Monday to Friday. When visiting the museum visitors can watch the winemaking and bottling process and take guided tours through the facility and the estate.

Explore the Rolling Valleys of Mendoza Wine Region

Mendoza wine region is known not just for its excellent wine but also for its incredible nature and outdoors. The countryside of Mendoza is filled with rolling valleys of incredible natural beauty. This landscape provides the perfect playground for nature lovers on the foot of the magnificent Andes Mountains.

Mount Aconcagua -The Most Famous Mountain Peak of Argentina

Mount Aconcagua is by far the most iconic peak of the Andes Mountain range in Argentina. The wonderful Mount Aconcagua attracts thousands of local and international visitors every year who are determined to climb its towering peaks. The mountain has two peaks to climb: The North Peak which is 6962 meters high and the South Peak which is 6930 meters high. Mount Aconcagua forms part of the Aconcagua Provincial Park which is open from December to March every year. When climbing the peaks of the mountain, it is necessary to stop along the way to gradually acclimatize to the height of the peak. There are various camps along the way that allows for this and provide the perfect places to rest and recharge.

Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas. Andes mountain range in Mendoza wine region, Argentina.
Aconcagua, Andes mountain range in Mendoza, Argentina.

Mendoza Parks and Gardens - Walk around the Nature

Mendoza is not only frequented by visitors for its fantastic wine but also because of its range of beautiful parks and gardens. These wonderful attractions have given Mendoza a reputation as one of the prettiest cities in Argentina. When visiting Mendoza, the parks and gardens that should not be missed are the Plaza Espana, the Plaza Chile, the Parque San Martin, the Parque Civico, the Parque O’Higgins, and the Plaza Italia.

Reserva Natural Villavicencio - Learn the History of Mendoza

The Reserva Natural Villavicencio in the Mendoza province showcases the area's landscape, history, and nature while providing visitors with a sense of adventure. The reserve was established in 2000 to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the area and to ensure that the natural environment is sustained for the local residents of Mendoza. The park is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm and it is suggested that visitors purchase tickets in advance. When inside the Reserva Natural Villavicencio attractions that should not be missed are the Hotel Villavicencio, the Caracoles Trail, the El Balcon viewpoint, and the Cross of Paramillos. Other experiences which can be enjoyed inside the park are self-guided tours, birdwatching, 4x4 trails, and dining at the in-park restaurants

and cafes.

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Gastronomy in Mendoza Wine Region

The local cuisine of Mendoza is characterized by warm, hearty, soul-warming dishes that pair perfectly with the local red wines. When visiting Mendoza be sure to indulge in the various country-style dishes that speak to the warm hospitality of the region.

Asado de Tira - Roasted Meat Strips

Asado de Tira is a typical Argentinean dish of roasted beef short ribs cut in strips. The beef in this recipe is seasoned only with salt and then grilled for a few minutes. The strips of beef are crosscut so that the long strips of meat are interspersed with the bone. The shortens the tough fibers of the meat so that it can be grilled instead of slow-cooked. In Mendoza, this dish is traditionally served with garlic-filled chimichurri sauce and rich local wine.

Choripan - The Ultimate Argentinean Street Food

Choripan is the most famous street food in Argentina and Mendoza. This delicious treat is a sandwich made with chorizo sausage and a range of additional condiments. These are all served together in a crusty bread bun. Choripan is most commonly served by street vendors in stands across Argentina and is best eaten on the go.

Chimichurri - The National Sauce of Argentina

Chimichurri is the most famous sauce in Argentina and is usually enjoyed with grilled steak. This sauce is made with parsley, garlic, oregano, olive oil, vinegar, and hot chilli flakes. Sometimes additional ingredients are added such as coriander or chopped tomatoes. Chimichurri sauce is bright green in color and is usually served with a grilled steak but can also be enjoyed with pork, chicken, lamb, duck, or fish. It is perfectly complemented by a local Malbec wine.

Choripan Argentinean Street Food, Mendoza wine region
Choripan - The Ultimate Argentinean Street Food

Insider Tips about Mendoza Wine Region

Where to eat in Mendoza wine region?


  • Address: RP89 Km 11, M5561 Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina
  • Menu: Argentinian cuisinevegetarian options
  • Specialty: Grilled meat

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Rosell Boher Lodge

  • Address: Servidumbre de Paso S/N entre Ruta Prov 86 y Ruta 7, 5509, Mendoza, Argentina
  • Menu: Argentinian cuisine, fine cuisine
  • Specialty: Meat

Recommended by Pulenta Estate Winery

Fuente y Fonda

  • Address: Montevideo 675, M5500 Mendoza, Argentina
  • Menu: Argentinian cuisine
  • Specialties: Meat, Pasta

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Where to stay in Mendoza wine region?

Casa Petrini

  • Address: Ruta 89 Km 11, M5561 Villa Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina
  • Facilities and services: Restaurant, Spa

Rosell Boher Lodge

  • Address: Servidumbre de Paso S/N entre Ruta Prov 86 y Ruta 7, 5509, Mendoza, Argentina
  • Facilities and services: Restaurant, Pool, Jacuzzi

Plaza Italia B&B

  • Address: Montevideo 685 • Mendoza • Argentina
  • Facilities and services: Breakfast, Room service, Luggage storage, Shuttle service

What are the best wine bars in Mendoza wine region?


  • Address: 25 de Mayo 1115, M5500 Mendoza, Argentina
  • Wine menu: Regional and national wines

Cabrera Charif Wine House

  • Address: Av. Arístides Villanueva 397, M5500 Mendoza, Argentina
  • Wine menu: National and International wines


  • Address: Av. Arístides Villanueva 160, M5500 Mendoza, Argentina
  • Wine menu: National wines

What to do in Mendoza wine region?

Visit Lago Del Parque General San Martin

  • Address: Av Emilio Civit 701, M5500 Mendoza, Argentina

Try wines on Caminos del Vino

  • Address: Rivadavia 592, Mendoza, Argentina

Visit Cerro de la Gloria

  • Address: Calle Los PlatanosMendoza M5502IYA Argentina.

Frequently Asked Questions about Mendoza Wine Region

1. Where is the Mendoza wine region located?

Located in the northern-central part of Argentina and near the incredible Andes Mountains, Mendoza wine region has more than a thousand wineries in it. Mendoza vineyards produce the majority of Argentinian wine and are one of the top destinations in New World countries.

2. What are the most famous sub-regions and appellations in Mendoza?

Mendoza wine region can be divided into five wine sub-regions: Maipu, Lujan de Cuyo, Uco Valley, San Rafael, and San Martin.

The Argentinian appellations are Geographical Indication (GI) or Denomination of Controlled Origin (DOC) and the main ones in the Mendoza wine region are Mendoza, Maipú, Cuyo, El Paraíso, General Alvear, Godoy Cruz, Guaymallén, Junín, and San Rafael.

3. What are the main grape varieties in Mendoza?

Malbec is certainly the highlight in Mendoza vineyards. Cereza and Criolla Grande are pink-skinned grapes that dominated Mendoza for generations, but most recently, grapes such as Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay are the main ones under vine.

4. What is the best wine to try in Mendoza?

Don't leave the Mendoza wine region without trying their famous Malbec. Mendoza vineyards are considered to be one of the best places in the world producing Malbec wines, definitely worth trying.

5. What is Mendoza known for?

Besides the great wine production - Malbec included, Mendoza wine region is known for being a cosmopolitan place, with top-quality restaurants and spas, and gorgeous views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains.

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