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Mendoza | Wine & Adventure
Due to its great extension, Argentina offers a countless amount of different landscapes. There is a huge contrast between the vast eastern plains and the outstanding Andes mountain range in the west, with the highest peak of the western hemisphere: the Aconcagua, with 6,959 meters. Mendoza is the capital city of the province of the same name. Bordered by the Andes to the west and the rolling pampas, or plains, to the east it is sunny nearly year round. The dry, sun soaked climate lends itself naturally to grape production, which was introduced by Jesuit Missionaries in the 17th century. And in the four hundred years since, the art of viticulture has been perfected here. Mendoza is arguably the wine capital of South America.
Mendoza | Wine
The land of the good wine
This tour is an introduction to the exciting world of wine.
It is a viticulturist zone per excellence. It has numerous wineries for the production of fine wines of the highest quality that are exported to the whole world. The success of Argentinean wine can be traced to the malbec, a grape introduced in the 19th century by Michel Pouget, a French agricultural engineer. The grape had been grown in France and used as an ingredient for blended wines. However, the climate of Mendoza seemed to suit it, and it took on a new character in the New World. Malbec wines from Mendoza are softer and less bitter than their French cousins.The ideal wine tour will start in Mendoza proper. The tree lined streets of this city of 110,000 people are shady and delightful, a contrast to the dust and heat of much of the surrounding area. Wine tours of nearby vineyards are easily arrange able, both in Spanish and English, as are tours of the olive oil presses that neighbor many vineyards. A fantastic option is to rent a bicycle in the city and follow a paved bike trail that passes several vineyards, stopping for tours and samples along the way. And there’s no better finish to a hard day’s touring than a meal at a sidewalk café, with of course, a bottle of malbec.
Mendoza | Adventure
One important reason of travelling to Mendoza is its wine production and vineyards. Mendoza produces top quality red and white wines. From Malbec, Cavernet Sauvignon, Merlot to Chardonnay and Savignon Blanc. As well as its National Park Aconcagua with the Aconcagua Peak ( 6,959 m.o.s.l) as its main attraction.
Aconcagua Peak seen from Plaza Francia
Mendoza offers not only beautiful cities and wonderful landscape but also adventure activities everywhere. Its proximity to the Andean mountain range turns this city into an unbeatable destination for the adventure tourism.
Aconcagua Speed Flying
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