A food and drink mecca, rich in Gaucho traditions and impeccable hospitality.
The most famous wine region of Argentina and housing some of the most luxurious vineyards in the world, Mendoza is firmly on the list for many food and drink connoisseurs. The city is in a stunning valley location, with great views of the nearby Andes mountain range and its architecture reflects the colonial style found elsewhere in South America. There are endless vineyards which spread from the city out across the surrounding landscapes, and taking a day tour to stop and sample the wine at two or three of these properties – know locally as bodegas – is one of the most popular excursions in the area. Many people choose to stay outside of the city centre in a wine lodge to truly immerse themselves in the culture here. But don’t be put off from visiting this relaxed city if you aren’t an avid wine drinker, there are numerous other activities including horse riding, hiking in the Andes, visiting a spa in the mountains, strolling around the museums in town or even visiting an olive tree plantation and helping pick the crop. Further east, towards Cordoba, the landscape gives way to rolling grassy hills where visitors can enjoy a stay in remote Estancias which offer a superior level of hospitality. Relaxing days of horse riding, sampling the homemade gastronomic delicacies and watching how the Gauchos tend to their herd of cattle are an fascinating and unique experience. This is Argentina in its raw state, where tradition mixed with sophistication allow guests to absorb the country at its finest.