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The Rioja region boasts a centuries-old grape growing and winemaking tradition but hasn’t stopped evolving. There’s a plan for every kind of wine tourist including underground cellars from as early as the 16th century, ‘industrial’ wineries founded in the 19th century that are still active today, the world’s most widely acclaimed museum of wine culture and avant-garde structures designed by internationally renowned architects.

Wine trails, routes and roads in Mendoza

 

The biggest misconception visitors often have before arriving in Mendoza is that the vineyards are on your doorstep. That used to be the case, a hundred years ago, but today Mendoza city is a cosmopolitan capital and you’ll have to venture out to the different wine routes to explore the region’s wineries and vineyards - whether you fancy the historical wineries of Maipu or the modern showpiece bodegas of the Uco Valley.

Two routes to discover what Verona has to offer, between wines and places to enjoy.

The RheinTerrassenWeg makes long distance hikers especially enthusiastic, who are gladly induced to side trips by impressive architecture and inviting wine cellars.

Embark on a culinary adventure through four of Australia’s premier wine, beer and food regions.

A fun and interactive new concept of smartphone downloads allows you to discover the beautiful vineyards and exceptional sites of the canton of Vaud !

This two-lane country road, trimmed with shady oaks and world-class vineyards, is quintessential Napa Valley. Its surrounding land is dotted with so many wineries that you could travel it for a week straight and still not visit all of them.

The North of Portugal produces exceptional quality wines, worthy of a distinguished and diverse cuisine. If the wine from Porto is world famous, Vinho Verde and Douro DOC are the best kept secrets in the region. Have a taste of Douro muscatel and sparkling Távora-Varosa, as well.

The Graves is known as the ‘cradle’ of fine Bordeaux. It is an historic region, with vineyards and chateaux dating back to the middle Ages. In the 17th century they began making ‘The New French Claret’ here, which would come to define the style of red Bordeaux. Known for the quality of both its red and white wines, Graves is the only Bordeaux region that has a classification for its dry white as well as its red wines. Since 1987, the Graves has been divided into two appellations: Graves to the south and Pessac-Léognan to the north.

Mendoza is filled with idyllic spots to while away the evening drinking wine with friends. Whether you are looking for a trendy wine bar, a secluded wine garden or a couple of copas de vino in a winery, Argentina’s wine capital offers many great options for that all-important wine hangout.

All restaurants and bars in Mendoza will offer at least a handful of Malbec wines on their drinks menu, but if you are a real oenophile then there are a couple places you’ll want to add on your hotlist for their excellent selection wine selections:

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