The expansive region of Mendoza in northwestern Argentina is famous for its high quality wine and gastronomy. Wine lovers around the world fantasize about one day visiting Mendoza wineries set against the stunning backdrops of the Andes Mountains. Most wine drinkers know Mendoza for its Malbec. What you may not realize is that its best wine-growing region is at 4,000 feet high up in the Andes, making it one of the highest wine-growing regions in the world. As the region is home to many smaller areas filled with traditional and modern Mendoza wineries, planning a trip to Mendoza is exciting for both the first-time and frequent visitor. Here are some of the highlights out of the large selection of Mendoza wineries:
A large and expensive 5,000 acre private estate, Salentein strives to respect tradition, nature and the wine community, while creating high-quality Argentine wine. The cellar and winery are created from local and traditional materials combined with state of the art equipment for production. Stroll through the extensive art gallery before heading to the gourmet restaurant to try your wine pairings.
2. Pulenta Estate
When you think of family tradition, think of Pulenta Estate. For over three generations of owners and workers, the original Pulenta family immigrated from Italy and has viticulture in their blood. The family is proud of their heritage and wants visitors to feel their love for what they do and what they produce. Their mission is to think first in the visitor, the person who is tasting the wine, and to produce limited amount of great wine, proudly made in Argentina.
3. Domaine St. Diego
Tucked away off of a small country road is the winery of one of the original godfathers in Mendoza wineries. Started from a passion and a small amount of savings, they have transformed and reignited viticulture in this part of Mendoza. Sip on their hand-crafted wines paired with homemade breads, olive oil, walnuts and almonds in a comfortable family atmosphere.
4. Familia Zuccardi
In addition to traditional visits to their cellars, the winery and visitor center offer multiple interactive activities allowing you to take part in the harvest, help prune the vineyards, try a tasting course and tour the estate in an antique car or a hot air balloon!
5. O. Fournier
The ultra-modern O. Fournier winery is located in the Uco Valley, a star growing region in the Andes. What does a winery built at 4,000 feet offer? Mountain peaks, stunning views, and an unbeatable view of the region. It is a large winery with stunning modern architecture, a delicious tasting menu and the restaurant is set at the edge of a small pond with views of the Andes. Try the Syrah or red blends.