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As the capital of Argentinean red wine production, this is the place to head to if you are even mildly interested in viticulture and food…or even if you just like imbibing them!

Nestling in the foothills of the Andes and only a two-hour drive from the famous peak of Aconcagua, Mendoza is an unlikely place to found a city due to its desert like surroundings and arid climate. The temperate winds and water that hits the other side of the Andes, on the Chilean side, absorb all of the water and, as such, relatively nothing comes down from the Argentina side of the mountains at all. This has affected this area hugely and is partly the reason for the fact that it is now South America’s largest wine growing area.