What is the one must-do activity when visiting Mendoza?

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The one must-do activity in Mendoza, unsurprisingly, is related to wine. It’s not just any wine tasting though, but something for which you will want to block off a big chunk of the day: a multi-course lunch at one of the bodegas, or vineyards.

Most of the bodegas in Mendoza, especially the largest ones, also operate onsite restaurants that attract top gastronomic talent. Chefs are drawn to working with some of the best wines in the world and use it as a point of inspiration in crafting exquisite menus for guests to the property. These lunches are all-out affairs, usually involving a fixed menu of multiple courses with, of course, generously poured wine pairings.

Ruca Malen is one of the most popular and well-known vineyard restaurants, though many locals will point you elsewhere, as it’s considered a bit touristy and there are definitely excellent meals to be had elsewhere. One such example is at Bodega Septima in Luján de Cuyo. The vineyard runs along the edge of the Andes and the restaurant is located on the second floor and overlooks the green and golden fields and out to the purple mountains beyond — there are few more picture-perfect places to take a meal.

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