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If you enjoy being on two wheels, feeling the wind through your hair, and a glass of wine in your hand, (although not all at the same time), then Mendoza, Argentina should have a big circle around it on your travel map. A lot of the tours here include visiting the wineries, but there are also alcohol free bike tours for those in search of an adrenaline rush, instead of an afternoon Malbec buzz. However, for the winery tours, it is advised to use the spittoon, and not to actually drink all the wine as your cycling route after the final wineries might have you swerving into the weeds.
On the outskirts of the city of Mendoza is the area known as Maipu whose country roads harbour some of the best vineyards in the country. This tour with Mendoza Wine Camp will take you to 3 top wineries where you will taste a handful of wines at each stop, and end in the afternoon with a 3 course lunch, and, you guessed it, perfectly paired wines.
One of the prime locations to grow incredible grapes, this beloved bicycle tour in Mendoza combines just a perfect amount of exercise so you feel you have earned each glass of succulent wine you taste. Mendoza Wine Tours & Travel will transport your group out into the Lujan de Cuyo valley where your cycling begins, and you spend the next 7 or so hours cycling through wine country, visiting 3 typical Mendoza wineries, with a catered lunch and wine pairing at the 2nd stop, to fuel you through the final stop.
Venture out into the other valley, Valle de Uco, and visit one of the youngest wine producing regions of the famed Mendoza province. The high altitude, rich soil, and constant sunshine has attracted wine makers in recent years to settle its area and this tour showcases the growing, modern, winemaking process as you visit another 3 wineries enveloped by the surrounding Andes mountains.
If you are not a wine drinker, or have done enough wine tours and want to swap the wine for water and alcohol for adrenaline, then these custom tours are a perfect fit. Explore the Portrerillos Valley around lakes and down the mountain crevasses of the Andes surrounding Mendoza. And with the ability to change your route dependant on the experience of the group, this is a great fit for the beginner up to the intermediate rider.
With Uncorking Argentina, the veteran wine connoisseur can tailor a tour to fit your palate, your expertise and your preferences where you can converse directly with premier wine makers, as you sip their best concoctions from the wineries you have selected, all customized just for your private crew of experienced drinking buddies.
Leave the hard part to the vehicle as you ascend into the Villa Vicencio Natural Reserve and saddle up to your bicycle at 3000 meters (9,800 ft) above sea level, and descend through stunning surroundings towards Uspallata, stopping at Tundukeral to view the petroglyphs. A typically late Argentinian lunch, beer, and of course wine, are included at a restaurant before going through Potrerillos and back to Mendoza as the hot sun has almost disappeared.
Whether you’re a novice when it comes to wine, simply want to get on a bicycle or you want the freedom of going at your own pace, you can link up with Baccus Biking and arrange your own custom, self guided tour with transportation. They have options for guided tours, but you can take advantage of their knowledge of the area and design your own self guided tour, as they quiz you to understand your preferences and time allowance to decide on the perfect location, design the best route, and organize transportation for pick up and drop off to begin and end your day between the vines.