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.

Few restaurants in Mendoza have picked up a cult following quite as quickly as Casa Vigil did. Within a year of opening, the restaurant had become one of the top listings on Trip Advisor - pipping hundreds of other restaurants to the post.

What is so special about the experience of Casa Vigil, you might ask. The answer is there in the name - Casa Vigil literally means the House of Vigil, and Vigil happens to refer to one of Argentina’s most respected winemakers, Alejandro Vigil. The tables here book up well in advance as wine lovers congregate from all over the globe in order to enjoy an intimate experience of Alejandro Vigil’s El Enemigo wines and dine in his home restaurant in the vine garden next to his boutique winery. With this in mind, the Mendoza jury awarded Casa Vigil a regional ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ award for a wine tourism restaurant.

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:

Monteviejo Wine Rock has been one of the greatest musical and wine highlights in Argentina’s calendar since its inception in 2011, and today - thanks to a collaboration with the Park Hyatt in Mendoza city - it has spawned into a week-long event involving hundreds of artists, musicians and chefs, and thousands of wine bottles!

It’s no surprise that Wine Rock Week took home a Great Wine Capitals Award for Innovative Experiences in its very first year, 2017, and well deserved that it went on to become the global winner. The event has become one of epic proportions, however its roots go deep and have humble beginnings - starting with a winemaker and a musician who shared a bond for good wine and good music…

Some of the world's most spectacularly set wineries are here in the Andean foothills. Against a background of snow-covered peaks, you'll find warm-spirited bodegas that welcome all kinds of adventurers.

Tim Atkin, the british Master of Wine, highlighted Casa Vigil de Chachingo as one of the recommended restaurants to visit in Mendoza. This section was included in its brand new Report 2018. The wine journalist toured different wine regions of Argentina at the beginning of the year and then developed its outstanding report.

On this occasion Atkin made its sixth annual guide for our country, which is composed of 193 pages. Casa Vigil was mentioned by Atkin as one of the recommended places when visiting the province.

Mendoza is almost synonymous with its harvest festival, one of the biggest in the world. Some 700,000 revellers make it into Mendoza for the Fiesta de Vendimia which builds up over the summer months with the grand finale the first weekend of March.

There is no lack of excellent restaurants in Mendoza’s wineries - they offer, without a doubt, some of the best dining options in the country. Wine-paired menus with views over the vineyard are hard to beat, and the good news is there are dozens to choose from. Here are some of the most exciting menus on offer in Mendoza today:

Santa Julia has several innovative wines under their belt (fancy a glass of Ekigaina or Arinarnoa anyone?) but what draws people into their fold are all the ‘extras’ on offer - an olive oil production factory, two restaurants, bike rides through the vines, cooking classes and an art gallery, all of which led it to win the Great Wine Capitals award for Best Arts and Culture in Mendoza last year.

In the month of the celebrations for the International Malbec Day, which is celebrated on April 17, in Mendoza are organized are different activities. One of them will take place in the City of Buenos Aires and its objective is to show Argentinians and foreigners two well-known expressions, typical of the culture and idiosyncrasy of our province.


The show, written by Rodolfo Braceli and with the general direction and music specially composed by Claudio Brachetta, will feature the participation of 100 artists on stage preseting folklore and tango.  The National Folkloric Ballet and the Tango Company and TeHarTango will participate in the launch.

Prior to the show, there will be a cocktail in the same theater with the best Malbec of the province. 

Apart from that, more than 100 celebrations in 75 countries around the world!

Join us with a glass of Malbec from Mendoza!


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