The city of Mendoza, in Argentina, is not only a popular destination for tourists from all over the world for its marvelous landscapes, for its proximity to the Andes and for its neat appearance of the city, not to mention even the relaxing atmosphere that you can breathe, but it is also a prominent place for fans of wines. It represents in fact one of the main places of wine production, represented from vineyards, among which the variety Malbec. stands out
Already on the occasion of the first Spanish settlements the unexpected potentialities of this land were discovered, apparently uncultivated and desert, but very fertile. The cultivation of the vineyards spread and perfected in the > twentieth century, again thanks to the European hand, which built vineyards on vineyards, numerous wineries (the so-called Bodegas) and contributed to make Mendoza one of the world capitals of wine.
The ripening of the grapes is due to the morphology of the area and its climate. The vines growing in Mendoza benefit from a fusion of important climatic conditions for the correct growth of plants and fruits. The proximity to the desert allows the vines to receive sun, heat, to be beaten by very little rain and to survive in a dry climate that discourages the onset of diseases. However, they receive all the necessary water and the right amount of fresh temperatures from the altitude of around 2,000 meters and from the melting of the glaciers . From this mix of influences different varieties of wine are born. Cabernet is an example, spicy red, but also Tempranillo, light red wine, Bonarda and Merlot, both fruity and intense flavors.
However, the main wine of Mendoza is the Malbec, which is particularly widespread in a similar and much loved climate. It is a vineyard difficult to grow and tones that are tended to be overcome by the intensity of other international wines, but that in Argentina, in Mendoza in particular, has a taste exalted, aromatic, intense and perfect for the game.
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||Already in the middle of the 16th century the Jesuits founded missions at the western foot of the Andes, they immediately realized that this area was ideal for viticulture. Thanks to the artificial lakes and irrigation channels, the pioneers were able to produce enough wine to cover the needs of the growing population. At the beginning the Spanish vine Criolla was planted, which maintained its position as the most cultivated vine in Argentina for almost three hundred years. At the beginning of the 1800s there was a new wave of immigration from Europe and the new arrivals brought with them new vines from France, Italy and Spain. The old methods of cultivation and winemaking were transformed and laid the foundations for the modern wine industry of Argentina. In the last decades of the twentieth century there has been a further enormous change: new techniques and new knowledge have arrived in Argentina with the so-called flying wine makers and new capital, both internal and external, have been invested in the wine industry such as Malbec and Torrontés, and also with Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
||The gastronomy of Mendoza represents a perfect fusion between typical European flavors and Creole dishes. The queen of the Argentine tables is undoubtedly the meat, but many others are the dishes that enrich the gastronomic culture of the country, thanks to the presence of many Italians who have brought the concept of eating well overseas. The tomaticán, a dish made of bread, tomato and egg, smoked goat ravioli, goat cheese and desserts do not forget to taste the dulce de alcayota (a dessert made with a fruit typical of the family of watermelon) , the membrillos (the equivalent of our quince) and the batatitas en almíbar (sweet potatoes in syrup).