Mendoza – the Wine Country Way To Take Your Incentive
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Stunning scenery. Sophisticated city. Incomparable cuisine. Adventurous activities. And a wine province par excellence, producing some of the best wines in the world, majoring on the mighty Malbec. Mendoza: the perfect place to bring your (wine loving) incentive or group for experience they will never forget.
The province of Mendoza now boasts 550 wineries, from small boutiques to large-scale exporters, many of which are included in the recently-created Rutas del Vino, or Wine Routes, open to groups and incentive parties for a tour of their installations and a wine-tasting led by their wine-makers.
Many wine-growing families and entrepreneurs flocked to the Mendoza region with their treasured vines, families whose names now grace the labels on many a bottle. However, no variety has enjoyed more success than the flagship Malbec, originally a French grape of little distinction which arrived in the area at the beginning of the 20th century and flourished beyond expectation under the Mendozan sun. In the early 1980s, the Malbec underwent a revival when the trend for blended table wines turned towards single-grape varietals and the taste for Malbec as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Chenin and Sauvignon Blanc took off, together with the budding community of wine-enthusiasts. Twenty plus years later, these grapes have been joined by other new-world favourites such as Syrah, Bonarda, Tempranillo and Viognier as well as the fruity local white Torrontes, winning prestigious international prizes and glowing recommendations from the world’s top wine-writers. You and your group could and should try them, in the houses and vineyards they were created in, often with the stunning Andes acting as the perfect backdrop.