Just as this spring’s torrential downpours descended upon Buenos Aires, I decided to escape the quilombo and head for higher ground to Mendoza and San Juan, two dry, sunny provinces hugging the Andes in the west of Argentina. An easy 1.5-hour flight from BA to Mendoza lands you literally in the middle of wine country – the only airport vineyard around – a great base from which to rent a car and explore the region.
Mendoza city is charming and absolutely worthy of exploration and degustation, but the purpose of this trip was to enjoy the open road and soak up some natural beauty. About a 90-minute drive south of the city centre on the famed Ruta 40 (Argentina’s equivalent to US Route 66) and you’re in the heart of the Uco Valley, where some of the best wines in the country are produced.
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