Mendoza, a province in the west of Argentina, accounts for a whopping two thirds of the nation’s wine production, and has long been a destination for city-dwellers seeking an escape as well as for enotourists from across the globe. When visiting Mendoza, a ‘winery crawl’ is nearly inevitable but which wineries are the cream of the crop? Read on for the most worthwhile vineyards to visit in Mendoza Province.
For a winery experience with a tasty twist, check out the ‘Let’s Cook’ program at this vineyard; it includes a breakfast, a cooking class, a tour and tasting at the winery, and a lunch. The cooking class includes Argentine specialties such as empanadas, and is an exciting behind-the-scenes peek at life at the winery. And, of course, the finished empanadas are accompanied by a house-made tipple; it doesn’t get better than that.
Familia Zuccardi, Ruta Prov 33 km 7,5, Maipú, Mendoza, Argentina, +54 261 441-0000
This gorgeous winery in the heart of the Uco Valley is friendly and welcoming, with a sun-dappled porch, a cheerful staff, and a well-executed tour. Uniquely, Andeluna Cellars features a customized wine tasting menu, in which the type and amount of wines to taste can be varied. Stick around after the tour for a leisurely stroll through the vineyards, or a casual glass of vino on the porch.
Andeluna Cellars, Ruta Prov 89, Distrito de Gualtallary, Tupungato, Argentina, +54 261 429-9299
For a breathtakingly beautiful landscape, look no further than this stunning winery, originally built in 1898. From the natural beauty to the historic buildings (remarkably spared from the devastating earthquake which hit Mendoza a century ago) to even the tank room, which offers a high ceiling and archways of brick, this winery is unlike any other.
Terrazas de los Andes, Perdriel, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, +54 261 490-9600