25+ Best Wineries of Mendoza: Ultimate Wine Tasting Guide

If you’re a wine fanatic like me, then a trip to the wineries of Mendoza should be on your travel bucket list.

The region is the biggest wine producer in Argentina, and the quality of the wines completely blew me away.

I’m talking bold flavors of their flagship Malbecs to the delicious Cabernet Francs and crisp, refreshing Torrentes varieties.

But there’s so much more to Mendoza than what meets the eye.

While it may be the wineries that attract you here in the first place, you’ll leave with not only a full heart (and belly) but a strong appreciation for Argentinian landscapes, culture, and cuisine.

Here’s everything you need to know about visiting the Mendoza wineries (or bodegas as they’re called in Spanish).

Best mendoza wineries
I loved Mendoza

Where is Mendoza

Mendoza lies in the west of Argentina, near the Chilean border. It sits on the foothills of the Andes Mountains, with an altitude of 800 m + above sea level.

The easiest way to get here is via a 2-hour flight from Buenos Aires.

I came from Santiago in Chile and opted for a scenic 6-hour drive through the Andes to Mendoza.

If you’re following my 2 week Argentina itinerary, I suggest visiting Mendoza after your trip to Patagonia in the south.

Where to go wine tasting in Mendoza

Mendoza is home to 3 high altitude wine regions: Maipu, Lujan de Cuyo and Valle de Uco.

A woman standing in front of a beautiful entrance door to one of the Mendoza bodegas
Bodega La Rural in Maipu

Lujan de Cuyo: My best Mendoza wine region

Lujan de Cuyo is home to my favorite Mendoza bodegas.

It’s only a 30-minute drive south of the city and boasts spectacular wineries and restaurants with beautiful views.

The town is quaint and filled with character, and it’s a great base for your Mendoza itinerary.

Here’s my guide to visiting Lujan de Cuyo.

Maipu: Home to the oldest wineries of Mendoza

Maipu is the closest wine region to Mendoza. It’s also the oldest.

The town itself is a bit of a letdown, but the wineries here are fantastic! They’re smaller and offer a more intimate experience.

Uco Valley: Most picturesque Mendoza bodegas

The Uco Valley is Mendoza’s newest and fastest-growing wine region.

It sits at the foot of the Andes Mountains and offers unbeatable views. Here’s where you’ll find wineries that are architectural masterpieces!

But it’s a lot further from the city – 100 km to be exact.

A wine cellar with wine barrels in Mendoza, Argentina
The wine making process in Mendoza is very different to some of the other wine regions I’ve visited

Mendoza wine tours

Because of how the wineries of Mendoza are dispersed, people often have trouble deciding how best to plan their trip.

Some wineries can be visited by bike; for others, you need a car to get around.

After spending two weeks in Mendoza, here’s my advice on what to do and where.

Rent a bicycle

In Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu, it’s best to rent a bike for the day and cycle between the wineries. They are all close to one another, and it’s a cheap and fun way of exploring these wine regions.

I rented from Maipu Bike Rentals in Maipu and Baccus Bikes in Lujan de Cuyo. You will be given a map and a suggested route before going on your way.

I also did this multi-bike wine tour in Maipu and highly recommend it!

The highlight was peddling through the quiet streets, sipping delicious Malbecs while feasting on the most incredible cheese platter.

Book wine beetle tour here.

A woman sitting on a red bike in a winery in Mendoza
One of our 4 stops on a wine bike tour we did of the Maipu wine region of Mendoza

Go on a small wine tour

There are plenty of organized tours that depart from the city, Maipu, and Lujan de Cuyo. They visit some of the best Mendoza wineries.

The best part of booking a group or private tour is that all the admin is taken care of. You don’t need to make any bookings for tastings or lunches as it’s all done for you.

This tour includes wine tastings at three wineries, a gourmet lunch, and return transport.

Most group tours have a maximum of 8 passengers, so you’re still guaranteed to have personal experience.

Book Mendoza wine tour here.

Trapiche Winery in mendoza
Trapiche Winery in Mendoza

Bus Vitivinicola: Larger group tour

If you’re hoping to visit the Mendoza bodegas on a budget, I highly recommend Bus Vitivinicola.

I can vouch for them as I did this tour, and it was so much fun! It’s a large group tour that accommodates up to 50 people.

They have daily departures that rotate between all the Mendoza wine regions.

This is the best and most affordable way to visit Valle de Uco, which is a lot further south of Mendoza.

It’s one of the larger group tours, so if you want an intimate experience, you’re better off booking a private driver.

A bus waiting outside one of the Mendoza bodegas
I did a Bus Vitivinicola tour of Valle de Uco and highly recommend it

Rent a car

If you’re drinking responsibly or have a designated driver, renting a car is the best way to explore the Mendoza vineyards.

You can then visit those wineries off the beaten track and change up your wine route depending on how your days are going.

A car will come in handy in the Uco Valley, where the wineries are spread out, and taxis aren’t available.

The best Mendoza bodegas

After visiting over 15 bodegas in Mendoza, there wasn’t one that I did not like.

Each was unique in its own right, from small family-run vineyards to larger productions.

A wine tasting will cost between 1,800 ARS and 3,200 ARS for three glasses, and most require prior booking.

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I loved exploring the bodegas in Mnedoza (Maipu and Lujan de Cuyo) by bike

Bodega Pulmary

  • Location: Lujan de Cuyo
  • Best for: Fascinating wine cellar and passionate winemaker

Bodega Pulmary is a quaint winery in the heart of Lujan de Cuyo.

It’s unassuming, and while it may not have the best views, it certainly has the character.

Of all the Mendoza wineries I visited, this was the most unique!

The owner/winemaker is incredibly passionate about wine production, and it was fascinating to walk through the cellar.

A small dark bodega in Mendoza, argentina
Bodega Pulmary was my favorite Mendoza winery thanks to the personalized experience

Bodega Kaiken

  • Location: Lujan de Cuyo
  • Best for: Winery lunch amount the vines

If you’re looking for a fantastic lunch with equally impressive wines, head straight to Kaiken Winery.

Here, you’ll be treated to the most gorgeous setting under the vines. The food was out of this world, and the service was outstanding.

I was very lucky to get a booking here, so be sure to plan ahead of time.

A plate of delicious food
I had the most incredible lunch (and wine) at Kaiken Winery in Lujan de Cuyo

Bodega Vino Cerno

  • Location: Maipu
  • Best for: Small, intimate winery

Bodega Vino Cerno is a small winery in Maipu with a great selection of wines.

It was one of my favorite wineries, thanks to the rustic tasting area and authentic atmosphere.

I also had the empanadas here, and they were terrific!

A man drinking red wine with a Maipu bodega in the background
Loved the relaxed vibe of Bodega Vino Cerno in Maipu

Bodega Piedra Negra

  • Location: Uco Valley
  • Best for: Andes Mountain views

Bodega Piedra Negra is a picturesque winery in the Uco Valley. It’s part of the François Lurton Group, known for its commitment to sustainable and organic winemaking practices.

Their portfolio includes a range of varietals, with Malbec as the flagship grape, producing wines with intense fruit flavors, balanced acidity, and elegant complexity.

I particularly loved their Reserve Cabernet Franc.

A landscape image of vineyards in Uco Valley, mendoza
Bodega Piedra Negra in the Uco Valley

Bodega La Rural

  • Location: Maipu
  • Best for: Wine museum

Bodega La Rural is an incredible winery and an impressive wine museum.

It features many tools and artifacts used in the production of wine, collected over hundreds of years.

This cellar door was one of the most unique ones we visited. It’s set in a dark room surrounded by massive wine barrels.

bodega la rural in maipu mendoza
Bodega La Rural has the most amazing wine cellar and museum of all the wineries of Mendoza

Bodega Monteviejo

  • Location: Uco Valley
  • Best for: Impressive architecture

Monteviejo is a beautiful, luxurious winery in the Uco Valley.

But it’s not only a fantastic winery. Monteviejo has a renowned restaurant, too. If you want a quality experience, book their degustation menu with wine pairing.

The views from their restaurant and bar are absolutely spectacular!

A photo of a grand building in Mendoza
Monteviejo Winery in Mendoza

Bodega Mevi

  • Location: Maipu
  • Best for: Vineyard views

Aaaah. Bodega Mevi!

Here’s where you’ll find some of the best vineyard views.

We cycled into the property and were immediately surrounded by stunning vineyards. The wines are equally impressive.

A woman sipping on wine during a wine tour of Mendoza
Bodega Mevi

Bodegas Enzo Bianchi

  • Location: Uco Valley
  • Best for: Amazing staff and informative wine-tasting tour

I loved Bodegas Enzo Bianchi for the fantastic wine-tasting experience and service.

Here, you can experience the passion and dedication of the Bianchi family, who have been crafting world-class wines for generations.

Their Corte and Organic Malbec were my favorites!

Bodegas Enzo Bianchi Mendoza
Bodegas Enzo Bianchi

Claroscuro Bodega De Arte

  • Location: Uco Valley
  • Best for: Degustation menu

Claroscuro Bodega De Arte was the most underrated winery I visited. Their wines were terrific and well-priced.

I also had lunch here and was impressed with the food and service.

Claroscuro Bodega De Arte
The last course of our lunch at Claroscuro Bodega De Arte in Uco Valley

Bodega Viamonte

  • Location: Lujan de Cuyo
  • Best for: Andes Mountain views

The views of the Andes mountains from Bodega Viamonte are hard to beat (unless you plan to visit the Valle de Uco wineries).

I recommend ending your day of wine tasting here. Buy a bottle of their Malbec, grab a seat on their well-manicured lawns, and enjoy the incredible atmosphere.

Viamonte is also an excellent place for a winery lunch, but bookings are required.

A bottle of wine next to a glass with a vineyard in the background and the Andes mountain range
Bodega Viamonte has one of the best views in Lujan de Cuyo

Bodega Gieco

  • Location: Lujan de Cuyo
  • Best for: Relaxing, authentic atmosphere

Gieco Winery came highly recommended by a few people we met in Lujan de Cuyo. It has a relaxing atmosphere and a charming vibe.

But it doesn’t fall short of the good stuff: wine and food!

The owners are hospitable, and you can’t go wrong with stopping here for lunch and wine surrounded by vineyards.

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Cycling into Bodega Gieco in Lujan de Cuyo

Carinae Wines

  • Location: Maipu
  • Best for: Intimate tasting

Carinae Wines was the first stop on our wine bike tour.

It’s a boutique winery with an intimate feel. The beautiful outdoor seating perched under the trees is the perfect place to do a tasting of their delicious reds.

An beautiful outdoor area at Carinae Wines
Carinae Winery in Maipu, Mendoza

Bodega Nieto Senetiner

  • Location: Lujan de Cuyo
  • Best for: Winery lunch and tasting

Just a short walk from Bodega Gieco lies another stunning winery in Mendoza, Bodega Nieto Senetiner.

Trees line the entrance, and it’s a beautiful introduction to the winery. The tasting room and restaurant are set within a beautiful historic building.

We had a delicious meal here, and the service was outstanding.

Bodegas Nieto Senetiner
Bodegas Nieto Senetiner in Mendoza


  • Location: Maipu
  • Best for: Wine and walk

Bodega Trapiche is a gorgeous winery waiting to be explored.

It’s one of the oldest wineries in Argentina. Trapiche is pretty big compared to some of the other Mendoza wineries on this list, but it’s worth visiting.

We skipped the wine tour and instead purchased glasses of wine and opted for a self-guided walk through the stunning grounds.

Trapiche also offers a lunch and wine pairing.

Trapiche Argentina
Trapiche is one of the biggest wine producers in Mendoza

Tempus Alba

  • Location: Maipu
  • Best for: Malbec Reserva

Tempus Alba is a more prominent winery with a modern feel.

They offer an impressive selection of reds and have an onsite restaurant overlooking the vineyards.

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Doing a wine tour of Tempus Alba

Other Mendoza wineries to visit

I was completely wined out after visiting so many bodegas in Mendoza.

Here are a few others that I wanted to visit but was unable to as they were either closed during my visit or had no availability as they require bookings a few weeks in advance.

  • Zorzal wines (Uco Valley)
  • Bodega Lagarde (Lujan de Cuyo)
  • Bodega El Enemigo (Maipu)
  • Bodega Carmelo Patti (Lujan de Cuyo)
  • Bodega Salentein (Uco Valley)
  • Bodega Alta Vista (Lujan de Cuyo)
  • Bodega La Azul (Uco Valley)
  • Bodega Domiciano (Maipu)
  • Bodega Corazon Del Sol (Uco Valley)
Mendoza wineries itinerary
I visited Mendoza in June and while it was cold, I still loved it as it wasn’t crowded

When to visit Mendoza

While Mendoza is an all-year-round travel destination, October to April is the best time to visit.

Summer: December to February

During the summer, Mendoza’s vineyards are most vibrant, and the grapevines are in full bloom.

But summer is the high season in Mendoza. While you’ll have long, sunny days, it will be crowded. Bookings need to be made weeks and even months in advance.

Autumn: March to May

March to May is a great time to visit the wineries of Mendoza. The temperature is cooler and more comfortable when compared to summer.

The grape harvest season starts in March, and you can enjoy the wineries with fewer crowds.

Winter: June to August

Winter in Mendoza means chilly mornings and evenings. But the days are often sunny, and you can still have a great time exploring the vineyards.

While they aren’t as lush or vibrant, it’s off-season and a lot quieter than other months.

I visited Mendoza in winter and was able to visit most wineries with no prior reservations. However, I did struggle to find availability for winery lunches.

Spring: September to November

Spring brings warm and comfortable temperatures to Mendoza.

The vineyards come to life from October, and it’s a great time to witness lush wineries.

The bar at Bodega Monteviejo Mendoza
Having some more wine after our tasting at Monteviejo

Tips for visiting the wineries of Mendoza

  • Winery lunches need to be booked weeks in advance. Even out of season.
  • Some wineries are closed on either Sundays or Mondays.
  • Uco Valley wine tastings need to be booked in advance.
  • Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu wineries are more flexible with walk-ins. But during high season, prior reservations are required.
  • Allow for three winery visits in a day.

Where to stay

Deciding where to stay in Mendoza was the hardest part of planning my trip!

If you’re short on time or traveling on a budget, I recommend staying in Mendoza City and doing day trips to the various wine regions.

If you have a few days in the area, stay in Lujan de Cuyo. It’s a beautiful town and the perfect base for exploring Maipu and the Uco Valley.

Stay in the Uco Valley if you have a car rental and want an isolated and relaxing holiday.

Luxury accommodation

If you’re searching for a luxurious stay in the Uco Valley with mountain views, look no further than Casa de Huespedes La Azul. The location is perfect, as it’s next to several wineries, and the hospitality is outstanding.

The Diplomatic Hotel is a luxury 5* hotel in Mendoza City. The entire property oozes opulence and is exquisite, inside and out. It also features an outdoor pool and a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant.

Mid-range places to stay

Posada Mawida is a family-run lodge in the heart of the Maipu wine region. You’ll have beautiful views of the Andes mountains from the property, and there’s even a pool with picturesque vineyards as the backdrop.

Casa de Coria is a charming B&B with delightful hosts. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, and it’s a great choice for a relaxing stay. The location couldn’t be better, as it’s within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and wineries in Lujan de Cuyo.


I stayed at Aires de Coria in Lujan de Cuyo, and it was fantastic! The large rooms are tastefully decorated and include a private en suite bathroom. It’s centrally located, just a short walk from the bike rental stores.

Windmill Hostel in Mendoza City is an excellent option for budget travelers and backpackers. It’s a short walk to the bus station and has an awesome atmosphere. There are private rooms as well as dorms available.

Final thoughts on Mendoza wine region

I couldn’t help but fall in love with Mendoza, Argentina.

Be it the stunning views of the Andes Mountains, the magnificent dining options under the vineyards, or the quaint streets and friendly neighborhoods. Oh, and the superb Mendoza wines, of course.

I suggest spending 5 days exploring the wineries of Mendoza. You won’t regret it!

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