Leave the Patagonian steppe and shores of the south Atlantic behind as you fly to Mendoza, nestled high in the Cuyo region, bathed in Andean scenery at the very heart of Argentina’s wine country. Argentina's wine region has more continental weather patterns, with hotter summers and cooler winters than Chile's wine regions. There is also plenty of water coming from the mountains. All this combines to provide ideal conditions for the production of complex, distinct wines. With two-thirds of Argentina's wine coming from Mendoza province, this is the most important wine center in Argentina and one of the eight “Great Wine Capitals” of the world.
Explore this historic city on a guided walking excursion before your local wine specialists, known as oenologists, and your IE Expedition Leader immerse you in the wine cultures of the Uco Valley and Maipu area, two of Argentina's preeminent and most prestigious. Known especially for Malbec, merlot, pinot noir, semillon and torrontes varieties of wine, the Uco Valley is probably Argentina’s most popular and rewarding wine region at this time. High quality white wines, such as chardonnay and sauvignon blanc, are also being grown here. Not to be confused with Maipu Valley in Chile, though its name does derive from that region, the Maipu area of Argentina is also known for high quality Malbec, as well as other acidic and strong red wines. Here we find the highest altitude wineries, from 5,500 ft and up. Many of the wineries in the Maipu area have been family-run for generations and you can be assured that all the wineries you visit will be filled with friendly locals eager to share their culture with you.
Visit three wineries in each region, learning about the different varieties, processes, care, breeding and fractionation of different types of wine while you also drink in the awe inspiring scenery. Picture-perfect vineyards, blue skies and rolling hills stretch to the horizon where they meet the imposing and towering Andes Mountains. Careful attention will be paid to the current overall quality of experience (quality of wines, best menus, best service, visitor numbers, etc.) when our local staff selects the wineries and restaurants you will visit. Enjoy boutique accommodations at Huentala Hotel in Mendoza City. (B,L,D Daily)