Mendoza: Wine Capital of Argentina

Mendoza rests near the eastern slopes of the Andes, at roughly the same latitude as Santiago de Chile.

Although most visitors head to the nearby wine valleys upon landing, the city itself offers:

  • Leafy Park
  • Plazas
  • Worthwhile Museums
  • Sidewalk Cafes
  • Fine Restaurants
  • Inspired Ice Cream Shops (think dulce de leche, fresh peach, and Malbec-laced vanilla)

Top 5 Wine Producer

This is one of the world’s great wine capitals. The area ranks among the top five producers worldwide, accounting for over 70% of Argentina’s total volume.

A bushel of Malbec grapes, grown in the popular Argentinian wine region of Mendoza.

Early Jesuit pioneers planted Mendoza’s first vines in the 16th century. Refinements by Italian and French vintners followed.

Today, the area boasts over 1,000 vineyards, spread among five regions near Mendoza, each with unique characteristics and varietals:

Lujan de Cuyo, Maipu, Chacras de Coria and Godoy Cruz

Sandy soil, high altitude and dry climate make this the Land of Malbec. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and fine olives are also masterfully produced here.

Lush green field of grapes at vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina. Mountains in background

Cool nights and varying altitude allow a wide variety, including Malbec, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

San Martin, Junin and Rivadavia

The region east of Mendoza is known for high yield vineyards producing Syrah, Torrontés and Cabernet Sauvignon.

San Rafael and General Alvear

The cooler climate south of Mendoza enables the production of Chenins, Merlots, Syrahs, Chardonnays, and Semillons.

A photograph of a room full of Argentinian malbec wine barrels aging in an Argentinian vineyard wine cellar.

Beyond the vineyards, Mendoza is rich in outdoor adventure opportunities:

  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Horseback Riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Trekking.
  • Just two hours west of Mendoza, Aconcagua is the continent’s highest peak (22,841 feet above sea level).

Lavalle and Las Heras

North of Mendoza—low altitude and shallow soils produce Torrontés, Bonarda, Malbec, and Chardonnay.

Boutique wineries offer in-depth vineyard tours and premium wine tastings. Picnics, privately guided winery tours, and multi-day circuits with overnight stays at top-shelf wine lodges can be arranged.

People white water rafting Mendoza Argentina

Vendimia Harvest Festival

Held in early March, the annual harvest festival (the Vendimia) draws wine lovers with tastings, outdoor concerts, and fireworks.

Las Leñas, one of South America’s best ski resorts, is located south of Mendoza near the town of Malargüe.

Privately guided driving tours through the mountains and river valleys are also possible.

wine corks from Argentina

Climate in Mendoza

Mendoza is a four-season destination. The summer months of December through February are sunny, with hot, dry days.

Fall extends from March to May, bringing harvest colors and highs in the 80s.

Spring (September to November) is similar to fall, with the welcome addition of wildflowers and fruit-tree blossoms. June to August is ski season at Las Leñas.

Mendoza is two hours from Buenos Aires by air. International flights to Santiago, Chile are also available.

A field of ripe grapes in Mendoza Argentina, ready to be harvested for winemaking.

At LANDED, each travel request is personal. After all, you’re trusting us with your most precious asset—free time with the people you care about. By getting to know you, we’ll create the most memorable, most exceptional trip of your life. Call us today at 801.582.2100. Dream big. We’ve got you.

“A good holiday is one that is spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours.”

J. B. Priestley


Could not have been more pleased.  This was the trip of a lifetime for our family.  Thank you!

S. Gentry, San Clemente, CA


If you’re planning to travel, go with LANDED. You won’t be disappointed.

H. Sandler, Katy Perry Tour Manager


The whole rhythm of the trip was perfect, and leaving one place for the next worked perfectly. This trip definitely made me want to experience other great spots in South America.

S. Ecenia, Knoxville, TN


The locations were amazing. Your on-the-ground team was fantastic–knowledgeable and accommodating. Beautifully organized.

J. Cormier, New York, NY


The best guide I’ve ever had anywhere in the world. Top notch talent.

T. Hill, Fort Worth, TX


You were a great help in planning–ensuring that I was staying at the right places and enjoying the type of activities we love–and the follow up was incredible.

C. Leavitt , New York, NY


Exactly the bonding and sharing experience we’d hoped for. The rhythm, variety, and tone was spot on. With effective listening skills, you built a good picture of what we wanted–more complicated than “just” luxury. The result was a great trip, one made just for us.

G. Holschuh, Brussels, Belgium


Excellent attention to detail. You listened carefully, asked the right questions, and customized with just the right balance. Superb guides. We felt relaxed and pampered all the way. You’ll plan our next trip.

M. & J. Siegel , New Rochelle, NY


Not a single thing on the itinerary that we would change.  The guides were knowledgeable, friendly, and prompt.  The hotels were beautiful, the food delicious and the pace of the activities was perfect for us.

B. Baltes, E. Rockaway, NY


In short, our trip was amazing. Thanks so much for your constant assistance and thorough planning.

H. Liroff, Minneapolis, MN


The planning, service and execution of the trip was flawless – thank you!

R. Hayek, San Francisco, CA


LANDED was helpful and knowledgeable, making our trip a memorable one.  I will use your services in the future as I continue to explore Central & South America.

A. Reynolds, Tucson, AZ


Your patience with my questions and concerns during the planning stage was remarkable.

W. Sibley, New York, NY


You actually got to know us, which made it possible to know just what we like. You promised the best trip ever and you kept your promise.

B. Furstenberg, Roxbury, NY


Your recommendations were well thought out. We thoroughly enjoyed our honeymoon. Thank you!

C. Venezia, New York, NY


LANDED is the ultimate. You helped us make the most out of a week’s time.

F. Greenberg, New York, NY


We zip-lined, rafted, sailed, and surfed. The contacts were professional and courteous. We don’t want to be back at work. Thank you for all of the work you did to set up this trip.

M. Marrocco, Dallas, TX