Mendoza Argentina Wine Tours

Mendoza is synonymous to wine and Malbec. Whether you like or hate wine, a trip to Mendoza is not complete without going on one or two organized Mendoza Argentina wine tours.

Mendoza is located 653 miles away from Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina. It is only 225 miles from Santiago, Chile to Mendoza, Argentina. Most visitors to Mendoza connect their flights from the United States either in Buenos Aires, Argentina or Santiago, Chile.

Visitors usually combine a trip to Mendoza either with a tour of Buenos Aires, Argentina or Santiago, Chile. Mendoza is located in the dry desert region in the west region of Argentina with a majestic view of the Andes. Upon arrival in Mendoza you will soon discover afternoon nap or siesta is taken very seriously. Most stores are closed between the hours of 1-4 p.m.

A variety of wine tours are available year round in Mendoza. Visitors could choose a personalized private tour with a guide and a driver where you have the option to choose the wineries. Or the regular organized bus tours with a fixed itinerary and wineries. The first is more exclusive and expensive while the latter is much cheaper. You may like a self-guided tour where you drive or cycle to the wineries. If you are doing a self-guided tour remember to make reservations with the wineries before departure.

Maipu, Lujan de Cuyo and Valle de Uco are three major areas with hundreds of wineries.

Here are three recommended wineries in the Lujan de Cuyo area, which are about 15 miles from Mendoza’s city center:

Catena Zapata Winery
This family run winery is over 100 years old and currently run by the fourth generation Italian family. Their first Malbec was planted in 1902 and currently Catena Zapata produces five famous blends – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

Visitors are greeted by a massive Mayan building with a huge door right in the middle. The staircase leads visitors to the top floor with a majestic view of the Andes Mountain (if weather permits) and the vineyard.

Reservations are required in advance if you are visiting Catena Zapata Winery.

Norton Winery
Here you get old style cellars contrasting with high-tech production line. Englishman, Edmund James Palmer Norton, started Norton Winery in the late 1800s. Upon arrival you will be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine. Then a guide will take you through the history and process of wine making in Norton Winery. You will taste wine from a fermentation tank especially for visitors and on to tasting another from the oak barrel.

The average age of Norton Winery vines is around 30 years. According to our guide, the winery has vines that are over 90 years old. Guests can dine at Norton’s onsite restaurant called La Vid Restaurant. Norton produces over 12 million bottles of wine per year.

Below is a video to show you more about Norton Winery:

Advance reservation is required if you plan to visit Norton Winery.

Belasco de Baquedano Winery
Belasco de Baquedano Winery has one of the most unique features in Mendoza. It is the only winery with an aroma room. Belasco’s Aroma Hall presents 46 ‘fragrances’ for visitors. Each of the 46 Plexiglas presents different aromas, which includes lemon, apple, bananas, vanilla, musk, wood, mahogany, mint and more.

Another great feature of Belasco de Baquedano winery is the state-of-the-art gleaming red lacquered concrete floor with stainless steel tanks and underground tanks. Occasionally this room is converted into a tango dance floor.

On the top floor of Belasco de Baquedano Winery is the Navarra Restaurant, a restaurant that offers five-course dining from noon to 4 p.m. Each course is designed to complement one type of wine from the winery.

Mendoza is where the best Malbec in the world is grown. We recommend not more than three wineries for a full day tour in Mendoza. Other recommended wineries in Lujan de Cuyo include Chandon, Clos de Chacras, Alta Vista and Achaval Ferrer.

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