WINE AND CUISINE

In the heart of the Andes Mountain Range, Mendoza is one of the main viticulture provinces of Argentina due that its vineyards produce 70% of the country wine production. This is the land of Malbec, where authentic aromas and flavors of local cuisine are delightfully blended with outstanding wines.
Mendoza is part of the prestigious global net of Great Wine Capitals, as it is well-known as one of the main viticulture centers in the world together with regions such as Bordeaux, Rioja, Napa Valley, Casablanca Valley or Verona, among others. Framed by the beautiful vineyards, Mendocinian wineries welcome their visitors with wine tastings, lunches, art and culture, bike riding tours, cooking classes, horseback ridings among vineyards, even with the possibility of pruning and harvesting so that visitors can be involved in that exciting process.
Accommodations in cottages and thematic spas complete the wide range of options to live unforgettable experiences in astonishing landscapes.

OUR HARVEST

The National Grape Harvest Festival is one of the world’s most famous harvest celebrations made in the open air. As a celebration that makes the people feel proud of, it pays tribute to viticulture and all workers involved in it. Festivities start every year in December and are characterized by special and particular aspects of every celebration held in each of the 18 districts of the province. A series of special events takes place around this great celebration during the last week of February until the Central Act, during the first weekend of March in the Frank Romero Day Greek Theater.
This show gathers more than 1.000 artists on stage performing original different scenes where the local folklore takes the leading role as the origin of a culture merged with the criollo and immigrants who worked the land to get the fruit of the new wine.
The perfect end of the night is the election of the National Grape Harvest’s Queen who will represent the province for a whole year.

PURE NATURE

Mendoza has a net of Natural Protected Areas (NPA) which includes 17 preserves that takes around 12% of Mendoza’s surface. These areas were selected for having a special importance considering their scenery, recreational, cultural and natural value in order to protect their biodiversity. They also allow us to enjoy unique and varied landscapes such as the highest mountain in South America, the Aconcagua Mountain; a forest of centenary carob trees, Telteca Forest; caverns with unusual mineral shapes, Caverna de las Brujas; or an area of more than 400 volcanoes of different sizes, Payunia, among others.

ADVENTURE TOURISM

The natural settings of Mendoza such as rives, valleys and mountains create the main places to perform adventure tourism. In water, activities like rafting, coolrivering, hydrospeeding, canoeing and kayaking stand out. Reservoirs are perfect scenarios for sailing, windsurfing, water skiing and sport fishing.

Mountains allow the performance of other exciting activities such as rappelling, mountain biking treks, climbing and canopying.

MENDOZA AND ITS HISTORY

Mendoza is an oasis in the middle of a desert. The province was founded in the sixteen century as a transit point to cross the mountain range in the commercial way from the Río de la Plata to Santiago (Chile). After a devastating earthquake in 1861, Mendoza was almost entirely rebuilt. In the Área Fundacional (Foundation Area), the “Old Mendoza” keeps the ruins of Colonial times. That was the place chosen by General San Martín to gather the people and organize the largest liberating feat of the whole continent. Places such as historical field El Plumerillo, the old city, the Alameda, and big mountains are the main witnesses of that great feat.

MEETING AND BUSINESS TOURISM

The diversity of natural and cultural scenarios offers a wide range of alternatives to tourists. High category accommodations, with space for small and big events, together with the professionalism of congress organizers and specific field service providers make Mendoza one on the most chosen places for this kind of activities.

ACONCAGUA, THE HIGHEST PEAK IN THE AMERICAS

The Aconcagua National Park is known for being the highest peak in South America with high mountains that go beyond 6.000 m, rising in an impressive way to the open sky up to reach its maximum summit in the north top of the Aconcagua peak (6.961 masl). This outstanding wall of 3.000 mt free fall of millennial ice attracts mountain people from all over the world to perform activities such as 1, 3 or 7 day trekking. The entrance appears with the path of the Laguna de Horcones at 2.900 masl. This natural park is located in the international way to Chile.

RURAL TOURISM

Rural tourism blends different natural landscapes, fauna, flora, architecture and regional cuisine, folklore and traditions that are carefully preserved by the people that represents the spirit of a Mendoza that opens into the world. At the base of the mountain range, delicious dry fruits like nuts, almonds, chestnuts, are harvested as well as fresh fruit like apples, peaches, pears, plums, water melons and melons. The cuyana cuisine transmits the essence of the countryside and homemade dishes created in rural locations.

MENDOZA CITY

Cultural expressions display their original roots in handicrafts, folk music (tonadas, cuecas and gatos) and in outstanding cuisine. In order to be involved in local identity, visitors can enjoy a great number of popular festivities celebrated all year long in all the province. Cultural activity in Mendoza is active, diverse and attractive. Its museums, art centers, theatres, houses and architecture with history create a wide range of options for those who deeply want to know the province. Modern architecture blends with green areas and beautiful plazas, being the Independencia square the one that stands out.

LGBT: DIVERSITY AND EQUALITY

Mendoza became a cosmopolitan destination, rooted in an attractive cultural fusion and in the warmth of its people. Mendoza is an invitation for pleasure and relax with services according to the LGBT tourists requirements. The province is the second most chosen destination in the country for this community, after Buenos Aires City.

SNOW

Mendoza is also special in winter. Ski resorts and parks offer different recreational alternatives. Snow can be enjoyed by professional skiers and extreme sport lovers as well as for those who want to share winter games in family. Among the multiple activities offered there are mountain skiing, cross-country skiing, extreme skiing, snowmobile riding, heli-skiing and more, all of them framed by the Andes mountain range.
Las Leñas ski center, in the south of the province; and Penitentes at the north; allow visitors to ski in the best snow of South America.

Bus Vitivinícola

Is the new way to travel and experience the Wine Roads of Luján de Cuyo, Maipú and Uco Valley. Has six weekly departures from Tuesday to Sunday, departing from the main hotels of Mendoza city, “International Wine Capital”. Intended for all those who want to experience the wine culture and visit. Wineries Open to Tourism: guided tours, tastings, wine sales and gastronomic services.
The bus has a bilingual coordinator on board who advises the passengers to set the schedule of visits to wineries. Works with the Hop On & Hop Off transfer system. With the same ticket you can go up and down during the day, the user chooses the wineries that want to visit. http://www.busvitivinicola.com