Mendoza is the heart of Argentina’s wine region and renowned for its delicious Malbec wines. Many connoisseurs from around the world, even from France where Malbec originated, visit this very region to experience a Medonza Wine Tour and to get a taste of Argentinian Malbec from the many different bodegas.
In saying that, Mendoza is not all just about the wine – it also boasts the surrounding Andes mountains including the highest peak in the America continent, large volcanoes, flowing rivers, thriving olive plantations and cultural tradition!
As a surprise to most, I am a bit of a wine connoisseur myself and could not pass up the opportunity to spend a day in the vineyards, tasting the best Mendoza wines.
I have put together this Mendoza Wine Tour guide based on my own experience and to give you an idea of what you can expect too,
MENDOZA WINE TOURS
To get the most of your visit to the best Mendoza wineries, I recommend booking a Mendoza Wine Tour with a reputable tour company.
I personally joined an 11-day tour with Tucan Travel covering the highlights of Chile, Argentina, and Brazil, which included a full day exploring the Mendoza wine region.
Click Here to see the full itinerary of the 11-Day Highlights of Chile, Argentina and Brazil Tour.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE MENDOZA WINE TOUR
Our day began with a hotel pick-up from Mendoza at around 9am and we were greeted by our tour guide on board the minivan.
The first stop on the Mendoza wine tour was the Sin Fin Winery, also known as Bodega Sin Fin, a short twenty-minute drive from Mendoza city.
Bodega Sin Fin is a family-run company dating back to 1975 when they planted their first-ever grapevines. Sin Fin not only grows and produces wine, but they are now known as one of the best locations for wine tasting in Mendoza!
Inside the winery, a lovely Sin Fin employee took us on a short guided tour around the factory and the cellar before sitting us down to start the tasting of their very own Sin Fin wines.
From white wines to red wines and of course the world-renowned Malbec, it was a great way to start the morning. It’s never too early for a drink right?!
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Sin Fin Winery – Mendoza Wine Tour
The Sin Fin Collection – Mendoza Wine Tour
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Sin Fin Cellar – Mendoza Wine Tours
Bodega Sin Fin – Mendoza Wine Tour
THE OLIVE FARM
From here our tour continued to a nearby olive farm and olive oil factory. Again, we were given a short tour of the factory explaining how they make olive oil, virgin olive oil, and extra virgin olive oil.
The entire process of olives being harvested, washed and then pressed into oil is really quite impressive and something I had no knowledge of previously. The best part was the free olive oil tasting on freshly baked bread at the end of the tour!
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Olive farm – Mendoza Wine Tours
Freshly made olive oil – Mendoza tours
LUNCHTIME ON THE MENDOZA WINE TOUR
By now we were a mob of hungry heads and the Mendoza wine tour continued from the olive farm to another gorgeous vineyard to have some food.
When we arrived I was in awe of the beautiful countryside that surrounded our lunch location, complemented by the Andes mountains in the backdrop!
A traditional Argentinian feast was dished up along with more complimentary wine tastings.
Feeling completely full and satisfied, and almost on the verge of napping, our group sat around chatting for some time as our food digested.
A stroll through the vineyards after lunch was an option for those who weren’t too stuffed. I used this opportunity to fly my drone and get a birds-eye perspective of the Mendoza wine region.
The Mendoza wine tour ended here, though we all bought a few bottles of wine to take back to the hotel and continued the fiesta!
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The incredible lunch setting
Entrees and wine tasting – Mendoza Wine Tours
Meet the hungry mob – Mendoza Wine Tour
Lunch is served – Mendoza Wine Tours
WHERE TO STAY IN MENDOZA
Mendoza has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my favourite places to stay in Mendoza to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travellers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Sheraton Mendoza Hotel
The 5-star Sheraton Hotel in Mendoza features a top-floor restaurant with 360-degree views of the city and Andes mountain ranges, an indoor swimming pool, health club, free wifi and breakfast is included. The rooms are spacious, modern, stylish and perfect for couples wishing to stretch their budget a little.
Mid Range: Argentino Hotel
Centrally located, this 3-star hotel features a swimming pool, outdoor terrace and restaurant. The rooms are stylish, air-conditioned and free wifi is included. A buffet breakfast is also included for all guests.
Budget: Malbec Hostel Central
If hostels are your jam, then Malbec Central Hostel is your best pick. Close to the city centre, this accommodation features an outdoor pool, modern rooms and free wifi. Choose from either a dorm room, single room, double room, triple room or quadruple room. Perfect for solo travellers, or groups of friends looking for a cheap place to stay.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
• DSLR Mirrorless Camera: Sony A7ii
• Drone Camera: DJI Mavic Pro 2
• GoPro: GoPro Hero 8 Black
• Everyday Lens: Sony F2.8 24/70mm
• Camera Bag: Lowepro Protactic 31L
• Selfie Stick: Sandmarc Metal Edition 1.2m
• Tripod: Joby Flexible GorillaPod
• GoPro Dome: Underwater GoPro Dome
• Power Bank: Anker Powerbank
• External Hardrive: WD Elements 4TB
WHAT TO PACK FOR ARGENTINA?
• Waterproof Phone Case: Universal Waterproof Case
• Reusable Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle
• Rain Jacket: North Face Rain Jacket
• Water Shoes: Slip-on Water Shoes
• Day Bag: Nomatic 20L Day Bag
• Power Adapter: Universal Power Adapter
• Packing Cubes: 4 Set Packing Cubes
• Microfibre Towel: Quick Dry Travel Towel
• Travel Insurance: World Nomads Travel Insurance
• Money Belt: Hidden Money Belt
Thanks for reading this article and if you have any questions at all about the Mendoza Wine Tour, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Happy wine tasting!
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