The embarrassment of riches that is Mendoza’s wine country offers winery tours by bike, bus, car, or hired driver. You can mix in some olive oil tasting, asado (barbeque), chocolate, fishing, and adventure along the way. Here are just a few of the noted wine tours in a region that supplies nearly two-thirds of Argentina’s wine.
Ampora offers tours seven days a week, even through Argentina’s winter season. They give tours in small groups with fellow wine lovers from two to eight people in Mendoza's top wine regions of Luján de Cuyo, the Uco Valley, and Maipú. The tours start at $150 per person and include lunch, all winery visits and wine tasting, transportation in an air-conditioned van, and all-English guiding by a wine host. They also offer private deluxe tours at a higher rate, and Cooking Classes and wine tastings at their own wine space called "Mendoza Wine Connection".
Tel: (54 261) 429 2931
This company offers a mix of tours suited to hikers, fly-fishers, and wine lovers alike. They take pride in the small group sizes of their tours, finding six to be the magic number for tour groups unless it is an integrated group of friends or family. Their classic one-day wine tour begins at 9 a.m. and travels through the snow-capped mountains of the Andes. Their English-speaking guide escorts guests around four wineries that differ in their age and techniques. The price is $150 per person, including lunch, transportation, a guide, and a gift pack that contains Wine Republic magazine and a bottle of select wine.
Mendoza City, Argentina
Tel: 54 261 4255613 / 4298302
Mendoza Wine Camp offers hands-on tours of one, three, five, or seven days where you focus on a different part of the world of wine in each winery visit. If you are short on time, the single day tours are a good option. You can spend a day in the beautiful Lujàn de Cuyo region and blend your own wine, a day devoted to discovering the world of Malbec, or a day drinking wine and learning how to make a traditional Argentine asado (barbeque) and empanadas. Longer tours offer more insights on the basics of general viticulture, wine tasting, and winemaking.
Tel: +54 (9) 261 6300026
4. Maipú Bike and Wine Tours
Many budget-conscious travelers and back-packers head 10 miles southeast of central Mendoza to Maipu. You can reach this suburb by bus, taxi, or remise and then rent a bike for the day. There are several companies ready waiting for your business with bikes, helmets, and winery maps. The maps should include a route that lists different bodegas and information about their fees and hours. Three popular bike rental and tour companies include Mendoza Wine Bike Tours, BikesAndWines, and Mr. Hugo.
Mendoza Wine Bike Tours
Tel: +54 261 1541 84958
Bikes and Wine
Tel: +54 261 4106686
Address:Urquiza 2288 - Coquimbito
Tel: +54 (261) 4974067