This wine tour of Mendoza takes you on a large loop round the middle of the province, circling through Valle de Uco and Lujan de Cuyo, the two best known and most picturesque of the province’s wine regions, as well taking you to explore the Andes mountains, the deserts of the lowlands and the beautiful provincial capital.

Destination

The Vineyards of Mendoza

Min / Max group size

2 / 8

When to travel

October to May

Number of days

5 days / 4 nights

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at Mendoza airport. Transfer to city centre.

Night at Casa Lila

Casa Lila is the charming home of Pablo and Mariela, perfectly situated in the heart of the beautiful city of Mendoza, where there is said to be a tree for every one of the inhabitants and the Andes mountains provides a stunning panoramic backdrop.

Wine tour of Mendoza

Skyline of Mendoza city

Day 2

Today will take you on a trip round the four major landscapes of Mendoza.

You’ll start early, waving goodbye to Pablo and Mariela, and head first into the desert that lies to the north of the city. The road then takes a slow curve west and up into the Andes mountains.

Lunch in the mountain town of Potrerillos at a restaurant which the same family has been running for three generations.

You’ll then continue the loop further into the mountains where the scenery will take another dramatic change through an area called Las Carreras, which in parts is not dissimilar to the hills of Scotland, finally your journey will end  in the verdant fruit plantations and vineyards of the Uco Valley whose treelined roads are reminiscent of parts of Italy.

Night at Postales de Uco

Wine tour of Mendoza

The Potrerillos reservoir in the Andes.

Day 3

A private luxury wine tour of the vineyards and wineries of the Uco Valley.

The Uco Valley is often compared to the Napa Valley 30 years ago. It is the new frontier of winemaking in Mendoza. At a higher elevation than Luján de Cuyo, excellent high-altitude wines are produced from vineyards of up to 1,400 m (4,600 feet) high, at the foot of the towering Andes mountains. Today you will get a chance to explore the region and taste some of it’s best known wine as well some of it’s hidden gems. During the tour you’ll visit three wineries: tours and wine tastings at two during the morning followed by a late, relaxed gourmet lunch at a third.

Night at Postales de Uco

Wine tour of Mendoza

Andeluna Winery

Day 4

Today you’ll continue with the large circle round Mendoza driving onto Luján de Cuyo, the home of the province’s oldest wineries and most prestigues wines.

In the Luján de Cuyo wine region the past meets the present. Here Argentina’s best Malbecs are produced in quaint historic wineries side by side with modern boutique wineries, it makes for a unique wine tasting day with interesting contrasts and, of course, some great views of the Andes.

The tour will be private and you’ll visit four wineries: guided tours and wine tastings at three of them in the morning, before finishing up with a  gourmet lunch at a fourth.

Night at Club Tapíz

Wine tour of Mendoza

Lunch at Casarena winery

Day 5

Breakfast

Transfer back to the airport.

End of trip

Price

  • Price includes – All transfers throughout itinerary with an English speaking guide. Bed & breakfast accommodation. Luxury wine tour of Valle de Uco, includes tours and wine tasting in two wineries plus lunch in a third. Luxury wine tour of Lujan de Cuyo, includes tours and wine tasting in two wineries plus lunch in a third. All local tax.
  • Price does not include  – International flights to Argentina. Transport from Buenos Aires to Mendoza. Bank charges. Personal medical insurance (compulsory). Any visa fees and extras such as tips, laundry etc.

Prices are quoted in US dollars. However, we do receive payments in UK pounds, a sterling rate will be given at the time of booking.

Notes

This program is an example of one of many programs we organize round Argentina. All our trips are tailor-made and we can adapt all our programs to your specific needs. And, if you would like help organizing transport, accommodation or any other activity in any other part of the country we would be very happy to help.