Since the center of this wine business that is Argentinian, the town of Mendoza in Argentina is popular with wine lovers. The area, renowned for its olive groves and vineyards, boasts a lucrative economy and is a heart of oil manufacturing.
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As a result of the proximity to the Andes Mountains town is a gateway into all those mountains and offers travelers town comforts ahead of their ascent towards the remote peaks. Here are the top 5 things to do in Mendoza:
Visit an Art Gallery
Free tours of Mendoza are offered for people wanting to learn about history and the city’s culture in addition to see its landmarks. The tours follow numerous routes around different sections of the town, much of which can be characterised by wide tree-lined streets surrounded by buildings designed to withstand seismic action. The city trees have been watered by an irrigation system developed further from the Spanish and started by native individuals.
Aficionados of Contemporary art may be interested in Seeing the Museo Municipal Arte Moderno (Modern Art Museum) from the Plaza Indepencia or the Espacio Contemporáneo P Arte (Contemporary Art Space) in 9 de Julio y Gutiérrez.
The Casa de Fader is the former home of Fernando Fader who settled in Mendoza to pursue a career in painting, some of whose paintings have been on display in the museum and left France for Argentina.
Attend the Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia
Mendoza’s design provides an excellent terroir for grapes and now the state creates on average 60% of the wine of Argentina. Boasting some of the highest altitude vineyards in the world, grape varieties developed from the area’s arid, sun-warmed soil include Criolla Grande Cereza, Malbec and Tempranillo. To celebrate the grape harvest in March, the town hosts the Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia (Grape Harvest Festival) each year in March that lasts a few days.
Argentina is famous for its equestrian tradition and there is not any greater way to explore the foothills enclosing Mendoza than on horseback. So it’s advised that specialist tours coordinated by experts to optimize security are only undertaken by travellers horse-riding, like any kind of action, carries a degree of risk. Anyone venturing to Argentina should purchase travel insurance prior to departure to insure themselves.
Explore on Horseback
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Drop by La Rural Winery and Museo Nacional del Vino (National Wine Museum)
The National Wine Museum, located in Maipú 11 kilometers out of the provincial funding and housed in an early 20th century mansion which has been owned by wine producers, reveals artefacts of Mendoza’s viticultural and oenological background and functions as a resource-centre for winemaking in the area. Tours of the La Rural winery and museum can be found, with an opportunity for people to taste and buy local wines available in the tour’s completion.
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