Mendoza, located in the mid-west of the Argentine Republic and at the feet of the Andes, is Cuyo Region's most important city. With over 1,6 million inhabitants, it is the country's 4th largest city. Its exceptional climate allows the bests grape to ripen, basis for its excellent wines.
Mendoza is the center of Argentina’s wine industry and accounts for approximately 70% of the country’s total output. Nearly all the major wineries are concentrated in this province. Its signature grape is the Malbec. The climate and terroir in Mendoza are the ideal setting for the full expression of this grape variety. The beauty of Mendoza's downtown is phenomenal.
The Andes Mountain Range offers endless attractions to tourists, where the Aconcagua Mountain (North and South America’s highest peak - 6,959 meters above sea level) is the star. Taking care about every single detail, Mendoza Holidays will create the journey of your dreams.
Wine-Making through the Seasons
The constant sunshine in Mendoza invites tourists from all over the world and Argentina into wine country. The view of the Andes, along with the small chance of rainfall, makes this region an ideal spot for vacation as well as tasting the essence of Argentina.
The beauty of fall in Mendoza can be experienced in both April and May. With low crowds and the hues of trees, this can be a wonderful time for a holiday. The bodegas are alive with wine-making as well as the harvesting the various varietals of grapes. Other times of the year offer observation of the many activities surrounding a vineyard. Throughout June, July, August (winter) the vines are cut back to guarantee future growth. The following months, September and October, are a time of preparation, when the grounds are tidied and vines are groomed. The medley of sprouts is decided November while nurturing of the vines continues throughout the next few months.
The annual wine harvest festival falls on the first Saturday every March. The celebrations include folkloric festivals, religious ceremonies to bless the grapes, crowning of the queen, Reina Nacional de la Vendimia, sports events and a lot of wine and merriment for some weeks before and after the main festivities. Music and events at the various wineries fill the seven days with revelry and enjoyment. This is a popular week to visit Mendoza so make sure to make reservations well in advance to ensure a place to stay .
How to get to Mendoza
There are many options in order to reach this province; Mendoza has an international airport (Aeropuerto El Plumerillo). You can find connecting flights to Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile and Cordoba from this airport. Another possibility is to get to Mendoza by bus or by car. One of the best tours we offer is crossing the Andes by car, with a bilingual guide, and discover everything our mountain range has to offer.
Lodging at Mendoza
Mendoza Holidays offers a very upscale lodging service during your trip to Mendoza , with 4 to 5 star hotels right at the city downtown (Park Hyatt, Sheraton, Huentala, Aconcagua, El Portal Suites, Park Suites, Hotel Argentino). Other very recommended options include staying in rural lodges, close to the wineries such as Club Tapiz, Finca Adalgisa, Postales del Plata, Casa Glebinias, Lares de Chacras, Cavas Wine Lodge,etc.
Activities in Mendoza
We invite you to immerse yourself in the world of wine, where we offer from very complete wine tasting courses to the possibility of being part of the most complete wine tours with our professional bilingual guides. We also offer Adventure Tourism, such as rafting along the Mendoza River, mountain climbing (Aconcagua), horseback riding (crossing the Andes Mountain Range), 4WD through amazing trails, fishing, paragliding, mountain biking, trekking and skiing in the Andes. (at Las Leñas Ski Resort - visit our sister web www.laslenasholidays.com).
Mendoza has high quality restaurants, and it is well known for that. The options range from Italian restaurants to the most traditional BBQ restaurants.
Mendoza Holidays offers the possibility of having dinner in different wineries, where the combination of food and wine is excellent while enjoying beautiful landscapes of vineyards and mountains. See our specials ¨Gourmet Tour¨ and ¨The Culinary Experience¨ !