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Along with nine other cities in the world, Mendoza is considered one of the international wine capitals. Founded in 1561, since 1890 its development has been linked to the wine industry. In 2017 it reached 70% of production out of the 11.8 million hectoliters of wine produced in Argentina, the sixth wine producer in the world.

Despite being located in a semi-desert zone, Mendoza owes its large number of vineyards to a system of acequias inherited from the indigenous group called Huarpes more than five centuries ago. The system has been updated and has even managed to survive the city's redesign after the earthquake that destroyed it in 1861.

Malbec stands out in the tastings offered by about 130 open wineries in which people learn about the production process. This wine, the country's flagship grape variety, is recognizable by its dark color—almost black—, it's soft flavor with sweet tannins and the fruity aroma during its youth that later evolves into cinnamon with hints of vanilla.

165 kilometers from Mendoza, in the Aconcagua Provincial Park, the most imposing guard of this region rises: it is the holy grail of many climbers in the world. With an altitude of 6,962 meters above sea level—the highest in America—, Aconcagua was conquered for the first time in 1897 by the Swiss Matthias Zurbriggen. Between November 2017 and March 2018, 3,144 permits were granted for its ascent.

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Route of the Squares

After the 1861 earthquake the city was destroyed. Upon rebuilding, its new design considered wider streets and a board-like layout that included five squares: one central and the others equidistant. Wandering through these places allows the visitor to truly get to know downtown Mendoza:

Plaza Independencia

This is the center of the city. In its 1,600 square meters lies an elongated fountain with dancing water jets, which lights up at night. Surrounded by about 70 trees and flowers such as petunias, pansies, marigolds and alders, every weekend the square hosts a craft market.

Plaza Chile

This square was named as a recognition of Chile's support after the earthquake. In 1947 the monument "To the immortal friendship" was built, in which Bernardo O'Higgins and José de San Martín, liberators of Chile and Argentina, wield a sword together.

Plaza San Martín

Located in the banking area, this square is very close to places of historical and cultural interest. One of them is the Contemporary Art Space (ECA), former Banco Mendoza, built in 1918. It is an unmissable stop in the center of Mendoza for its architecture, which recalls French classicism.

Plaza España

The monument of the square, built in 1949, is made of travertine marble. It shows two women: on the one hand, a large one that symbolizes Spain, and on the other, a younger woman who represents Argentina. The base of the monument is made of painted ceramics, and tells the story of Mendoza's founding, as well as quotes from Don Quixote and the poem Martin Fierro.

Plaza Italia

Located southwest of Plaza Independencia, this is a less crowded and therefore quieter park. It is a favorite place for readers or people looking for a good place to take a nap. The square is a monument to the Italian community, represented in a statue of the wolf that nurses Romulus and Remus, founders of Rome.

Cultural Route

Although the world knows Mendoza for its winemaking, its cultural offer is not far behind. History, art, science and architecture complement the tour through the community of Mendoza:

City Cemetery

This 'citadel' within the city was built in 1828 and inaugurated in 1846. It concentrates the history, legends, funeral art and ancient architecture of Mendoza. One example is the mausoleum of Rito Baquero, founder of Bodegas Baquero, one of the most traditional in the region with 132 years of history. It was made by the Ventura brothers, who were marble workers for architect Antonio Gaudí. Its neo-Gothic style was brought in pieces from Barcelona.

Julio Le Parc Cultural Space

The place opened its doors in 2012. Its name is a tribute to the Mendoza artist known for his expressions of kinetic and optical art. With an area of 8,777 square meters, spread over four levels, this place is designed to host large shows and fairs. In addition, it is a meeting place for the plastic arts, dance, theater, cinema, literature and handicrafts.

Municipal Museum of Modern Art of Mendoza (MMAMM)

The idea of creating a museum that included the production of contemporary Mendoza artists took shape in the early years of the 1960s, but it was not until August 1967 that the first headquarters of the institution was inaugurated. Since 1991, the museum’s headquarters are at the basement of Plaza Independencia. At the end of September 2018, the new MMAMM cultural hall was inaugurated, with the exhibition "Mafalda en su sopa", which shows sketches made by Quino.

Museum of Natural and Anthropological Sciences Juan Cornelio Moyano

The museum has vertebrate and invertebrate collections, a sample of minerals and rocks and a paleontological exhibit with more than 650 pieces. It also has archaeological, ethnographic and historical collections. Located in the General San Martín Park, the building that houses the museum has the shape of a ship. Since 2017, the place is considered a national historic monument.

Winery Routes

Due to its climate and geography, the Uco Valley, located between 900 and 1,200 meters above sea level, is a very fruitful region for the production of wine. The average temperature is 14 °C, it's not too rainy and the habitat is semi-desert. Here you will find the best wineries in Mendoza open for visitors, which complement their offer with luxury hotels and restaurants.

Atamisque Winery

The tasting in this winery is characterized by its four production lines: young and fruity wines, aging wines of 12 and 16 months in French oak barrels, and sparkling wines. In addition to classic malbec, eight other types of vines are also produced, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

Salentein Wineries

The winery’s design truly catches your eye: it's shape like a cross and has two levels. In the upper part there are stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Through a gravity transfer system, the wine goes to the cellar, where it is aged in 5,000 French oak barrels of 225 liters each.

Casa de Uco Resort

This property has 320 hectares, and what makes it great is that people can choose plots of this land to become wine growers. The House of Uco accompanies the agronomic process and the label design so you can enjoy the elaboration and tasting of your own wine.

The Vines Resort & Spa

From the resort's terrace, where Chef Francis Mallmann's restaurant Siete Fuegos is located, the view combines the Andes mountain range and the 600 hectares of private vineyards cultivated by The Vines of Mendoza. In 2016, the resort was part of National Geographic's "100 places that will change your life" list.

DiamAndes

From the resort's terrace, where Chef Francis Mallmann's restaurant Siete Fuegos is located, the view combines the Andes mountain range and the 600 hectares of private vineyards cultivated by The Vines of Mendoza. In 2016, the resort was part of National Geographic's "100 places that will change your life" list.

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Restaurants

Restaurante 1884

Specialty: Traditional Argentine cuisine and wine-pairing
This is the only restaurant in Mendoza that has been selected in the Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants list (in 2013, 2014 and 2016). Although the project was born in 1996 as an idea of winemaker Nicolás Catena Zapata and chef Francis Mallmann, the name refers to the year in which the Escorihuela Winery, a location shared with Caro Winery, was built.

The restaurant seeks to bring the roots of Argentine food closer to diners. That is why he recovered some clay oven techniques as part of his cooking: a strong and lasting fire under layers of clay and brick. With this process he prepares dishes such as lamb on slow fire with seasonal vegetables.

1884 is also recognized for its basement, which holds about 600 labels of Argentine wines and 12,000 thousand bottles.

Casa El Enemigo - Vigil

Specialty: Traditional Argentine cuisine and wine-pairing

At the end of 2009, Alejandro Vigil and Adrianna Catena decided to make a wine label together. This reunion was the start of El Enemigo. In 2018, the publication The Wine Advocate awarded 100 points to two of the wines resulting from this initiative: The Cabernet Franc Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Single Vineyard 2013 and the Malbec Adrianna Vineyard River Stones 2016.

Although El Enemigo was born as a complement to the wines, it has made its own name: in 2018 it was recommended by the Michelin Guide. The combination of art, literature, gastronomy and wine has earned the place recognitions by the Great Wine Capitals network.

The menu is inspired by Family recipes, such as battered eggs—a boiled egg with fried bread crumbs—and braised ribs: the head chef used to eat this on Sundays at noon with his family and is now the most requested dish of the place.

Club Tapiz Hotel & Restó

Specialty: Signature cuisine

In addition to the wines from Tapiz Winery and the virgin olive oil produced there, the restaurant's protagonist is the organic garden. "This is a sustainable restaurant. In our own one hectare land we produce our own food and keep production traditions from Mendoza alive," says Soledad Nardelli, gastronomic director of the project who was selected Chef de L'Avenir by the International Academy of Gastronomy in Paris.

The restaurant is known for its three course menu and a seasonal menu. It highlights, among other foods, the cured trout accompanied with sour cream, cucumbers, green apple and radishes. Other options are the roasted lamb and the roasted goat.

Typical Dishes

Humita en chala

A dough prepared with tender corn and cheese, steamed inside its own leaves. It is generally consumed in the Andean area.

Arrope mendocino

The wine arrope is a traditional Mendoza sweet and comes as a result of the partial dehydration of the must until sugars become caramelized.

Tableta mendocina

Similar to alfajor, its main filling is cayote candy—also known as calabaza—, though it can also be made of squash candy.

Un cocinero

Francis Mallmann

The typical Argentinian chef is immediately associated with fire and meat, and Mallmann is no exception. His culinary work has led him to be internationally recognized: his long trajectory includes television programs and publications. In the book "Siete Fuegos" he explains the essence of fire techniques such as grill, sheet or plate, infiernillo, clay oven, curanto, cauldron and pirca or asado—typical Argentine technique—, of which he is an expert connoisseur. Mallmann has taken his proposal to Chile, Uruguay and France, as well as Buenos Aires and Mendoza, with seven restaurants under his label.

A Recipe

Rib Eye on the Grill

This is one of the most juicy and popular beef cuts, since the meat of the rib section is the softest and with the most fat.

For one serving

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Airport

Gobernador Francisco Gabrielli International Airport

Language

Spanish

Currency

Argentine Peso

Average temperature

62.42ºF

Transport

Service Hours: from 4:00 to 00:00. *Upon arrival in Mendoza, check the schedules, which may vary according to the day. Price: 18 ARS (0.72 USD) per ticket. Taxi Minimum Rate: 20.92 ARS (0.56 USD).

Hotel

3-star hotel: 1,615 ARS (43 USD) per person. 5-star hotel: 5,628 ARS (150 USD) per person.