Just to the south of Mendoza city, across the Mendoza river, lies Luján de Cuyo, a village entirely surrounded by vineyards and wineries. In 1993, Luján de Cuyo became Argentina’s first official appellation, the result of which has been a steady increase in both the quantity and quality of wines produced there. Malbec in particular is successful in Luján de Cuyo.
Approximately 90 minutes south of the city of Mendoza, Uco Valley encompasses the highest altitude Argentine vineyards, averaging between 900 and 1200 meters above sea level. Its striking natural setting below a stretch of the Andes that includes the 6,800 meter Mount Tupungato. The valley has a dry weather and the wide thermal amplitude between day and night have created its distinctive microclimates that result in super premium wines.
Maipu comprises a high concentration of wineries that are known for producing some of Argentina’s finest Malbecs from the regions oldest vines. Maipu is also a good place to sample other red varietals (including Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonarda, Tempranillo, and Syrah) in addition to Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin, Torrontés and Viognier. And a fantastic Olive Oil.