Mendoza is Argentina’s most famous and most important wine region, home to more than 1200 wineries (known as bodegas locally) and responsible for the vast majority of all wine produced in the country. Covering a large area, there are a surprising amount of micro-climates and different altitudes that result in a variety of wines. Although many grapes such as cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and merlot do well it is of course Malbec that the region has become so famous for.
The history wine in Mendoza is thought to date back to as early as the 16th century when Catholic priests planted the first vines. It was not until the late 19th century, however, that wine production really took off after the introduction of a railway line between Mendoza and Buenos Aires. These days Argentinian wine can be found on the menus of restaurants all over the world.
With so many wineries and different areas to choose from, visiting Mendoza for the first time can be quite confusing. Below we have summarised the different areas and our top tips.