The heart of Argentina’s wine country is this arid, temperate town of breezy sidewalk cafés, tree-lined streets, and stone squares centered on pretty fountains. Relaxing and progressive, this is a fine place to begin exploring Argentina’s many excellent vineyards, most within a few hours’ drive. Mendoza is also a comfortable base for endless outdoor adventures, including hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and climbing massive Aconcagua, the highest mountain in Western Hemisphere. Just the thing before enjoying another round at one of the city’s beautifully appointed wine bars.
Interesting Fact: In France, the Malbec varietal is used to make good table wines and blended reds, but achieves internationally recognized excellence only here in Mendoza’s high desert.
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