Grapes in Mendoza Argentina ©
The Mendoza Province rests at the foot of the Andes and is Argentina's main wine-producing region, peppered here and there with wine farms offering tours and tastings. the area is known for its Malbec, and also makes some good Cabernet Sauvignons. The city of Mendoza, a low-rise city since 1861 when it was almost destroyed by an earthquake, is characterised by wide, leafy boulevards and a massive network of canals. Well worth seeing is the Enoteca Giol wine museum and if one is visiting in late February, one must not miss the Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia, an annual grape-harvest festival accompanied by concerts and local celebrations. Bodega La Rural is one of the biggest wine farm in the area, and is well worth a visit, offering tours showing the entire wine-making process.
Near the border with Chile lies Mount Aconcagua. At 23,000 feet (6,900m), it is the highest mountain in the Western hemisphere. The mountain and its surrounds are wonderful for hiking and mountain climbing, although it's important to note that during low season, tourists are allowed only short hikes for safety reasons. High season starts mid-November. Throughout the year, hiking without an official guide is discouraged, but the area around the mountain is worth a visit without hiking; just driving around in the roads surrounding the mountain will give plenty of scenic views. The Mendoza Province is homw to La Lenas, one of the biggest and most famous ski resorts in Argentina.