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Mendoza is the center of the Argentinian wine industry; the area is very picturesque and offers remarkable sights in and around the Andes Mountains.
Mendoza is the capital city of Mendoza Province, in Argentina. It is located at an altitude of 760 meters in the northern-central part of the province, in a region of foothills and high plains, on the eastern side of the Andes. Mendoza is the center of the Argentinian wine industry, for which it is world renowned. It is also near Mount Aconcagua, with a summit of 6,959 meters (22,831 feet) it is the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas.

Mendoza was founded in 1561 and is the most important city of the West of Argentina; it has a metropolitan population of around 900,000. Although it is situated in an extremely dry desert region, Mendoza has an extensive artificial irrigation system, which allows for greenery throughout the city as well as the growth of the grapes used to make its famous wines. Most streets have irrigation channels on either side, with bridges for pedestrian and vehicular traffic. These are periodically flooded with water diverted from the river. The trees and the wide avenues give the city a beautiful ambience, a change from much of the bare feel of many Argentine cities, and there are quite a few historic buildings of interest in the center of the city.
The Mendoza Province is Argentina's most important wine region, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the country's entire wine production. Vineyards are planted at the some of the highest altitudes in the world with the average site located 600 - 1,100 meters (1,970 - 3,610 feet) above sea level. The pink-skinned grapes of Criolla Grande and Cereza account for more than a quarter of all plantings but the highly rated Malbec is the regions most important planting followed closely by Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Chardonnay. The vast majority of large wineries are located in and around Mendoza city where you can make a visit and taste some of the wines.

There are many other activities you can enjoy in this area. In the season you can go skiing at Los Penitentes, Los Molles and Las Lenas; there is water rafting and kayaking on the very fast Rio Mendoza; climbing, hiking and trekking on Cerro Aconcagua and other peaks and foothills; horseback riding, fishing, and wildlife watching.

Whenever you go to
Mendoza, take your appetite! Regional foods and wines are sure to please.

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