Exploring MendozaMountain climbing, river rafting, and winemaking is what Mendoza, Argentina does best…and what could be better? The fertile foothills of the Andes were calling our name so we set out for five days of adventure with ample breaks for wine and relaxation at Entre Cielos.)

 

Hiking Aconcagua MendozaDay one we hit the ground running from our overnight Santiago bus straight to Aconcagua—not only the region’s highest mountain but at 22,841-feet, it’s the tallest peak in the Americas. We assumed because it was in the Mendoza region it would be a hop, skip away but in actuality, it was almost four hours from downtown. We wrote off the journey as naptime and were fully energized for our upcoming hike.

 

Aconcagua MountainThe hike to Confluencia base camp was incredible—even better than the destination itself. We’d never seen such a range of textures and colors in a mountain range. And head over here if you are thinking of really climbing Aconcagua!

 

Mendoza travel tipsSandwiching our trip to the mega-mountains and the prolific vineyards was our city day. We strolled around downtown Mendoza, soaking up the 16th-century architecture, plazas, artisanal markets and our favorite: the 971-acre Parque San Martín, where we enjoyed a picnic alongside Regatta Lake.

 

The Vineyard Loft at Entre Cielos, Mendoza, ArgentinaThough we were enjoying our day in Mendoza we couldn’t wait to reach the the vineyard region of Luján de Cuyo and the dreamy Entre Cielos Hotel. The architecture, hammam spa, cuisine, and our out-of-this-world Vineyard Loft tempted us never to leave the property but with world-renowned wineries outside and the help of a stellar concierge, we set out to explore.

 

Anne Collins Howard biking through vineyards in Mendoza ArgentinaThere is no better way to explore wine country than by bike.  You have ultimate freedom to change wineries at your leisure, stop for photos, soak in some sun, and breath in the vibrant aromas of the vineyards.  To make this happen, Entre Cielos worked with Baccus Wine & Bike Tours to create a custom map of the most charming wineries in the area and delivered bikes right to our door.

 

Bodega y Cavas de Weinert Mendoza ArgentinaThe first stop on our bike and wine tour was Bodega y Cavas de Weinert, founded in 1890 by the Spanish family Otera. We were treated to a private tasting in this divine cellar. The winemaker was our guide and with her knowledge and teachings, she got us to read into wine in a whole new way. Our favorite was the 2010 Malbec, as well as the Late Harvest Pinot from 2009.

 

 vineyards in Mendoza ArgentinaThe second stop on our slightly tipsy tour was Clos de Chacras, with its beautiful pond-side tasting area.  The “Reserve Tasting” also came with a plate of cheese and crackers and it was so lovely we decided to stay for lunch.

 

wine cellar in Mendoza ArgentinaOn our tour through Clos de Chacras cellars, we got a glimpse back into the bygone era of Argentine wine making with a look into the places like this antique fermentation tank.

 

wine cellar, Mendoza ArgentinaOne mile down the road we came upon our last winery, Alta Vista , and they did not disappoint. Above you can see the wine vault storing vintages as old at 1955 from the family’s private reserve.

 

travel tips Mendoza ArgentinaIn the adjacent room were much younger and more attainable Malbecs from the previous year’s harvest.

 

tasting room, Mendoza ArgentinaTo close out our tour from Baccus Bikes & Wine, we had our chicest tasting to date. As you can see, this room at Alta Vista comes with personal water dispensers, a sink for rinsing your glass after you have pegged the subtle notes, and more stems always at the ready overhead.

 

Have you been to Mendoza? What was your favorite Vineyard?

 

7 thoughts on “Mendoza: Wine. Mountains. Magic.

  • June 6, 2012 at 8:19 am
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    Wine from this area is very good, full bodied varieties abound

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    • September 6, 2012 at 7:30 pm
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      Very true Jim, lots of body in their wine…yet very drinkable 🙂 – Have you guys been there yet? If you go you should definitely stay in the Vineyard Loft above the vines, it was magical.

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  • June 21, 2018 at 4:10 pm
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    Hi! Which other hikes/adventures did you do in this region? Looking to spend about 5 -6 days in Mendoza area

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    • June 29, 2018 at 1:09 am
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      We spent most of our time biking wine country but did make the trek a piece of Aconcagua–the highest mountain outside Asia! Even if you can only go a bit of the way on this multi-day and very advanced hike, it’s worth it. If you want more help planning your South America trip, reach out to us [email protected]. We’d love to help!

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