Explore Mendoza with Elegant Resorts
Situated in western Argentina, in the Cuyo desert region, Mendoza should, by all accounts, be an arid desert town. However, the region’s abundance of vineyards, lakes, rivers and parks run off a resourceful irrigation system that manipulates mountain water directly into the city.
Of course, the biggest beneficiary of this has been the hugely successful wineries. With over one-thousand vineyards in the area, seventy per cent of Argentina’s wines are produced here - Malbec being the region’s speciality. The majority of vineyards will welcome visitors showing a keen interest, so do hire a bike and map a route of local wineries, enjoying numerous wine-tastings and huge plates of cheese and ham en route. Mendoza is highly regarded for its outstanding cuisine, beef being a common ingredient in most dishes. There are giant cattle ranches dotted across the landscape, ensuring meat is beautifully fresh and tender.
With the wine aficionados in their element, non-wine-lovers can discover the city’s wide, tree-lined avenues, pergolas and plazas – on Saturdays, stop at Plaza Espana for its weekly artisans’ market or abscond to the mountains for magical nighttime horse-riding. Siestas are still common in Mendoza, with stores usually closing between 1pm and 5.30pm, so make sure you have organised something to do during this time. However, with year-round high temperatures, no humidity and sporadic rain, there is every reason to stay outdoors and bask in the Argentine sun.