Mendoza is the heart of Argentina’s wine country, located on the east side of the Andes. It is the land of malbec, cultivated and bottled here more than anywhere else in the world — arguably better than anywhere else in the world, too. But malbec isn’t all Mendoza has to offer when it comes to wine, and those visiting Mendoza will learn this truth with a visit to almost any vineyard or during a night at one of the many upscale restaurants in this area.

There’s also far more to Mendoza than the seemingly endless waves of grapevines and its many bodegas, or vineyards. Yes, this region of Argentina beckons visitors with its wines, but also with luxury hotels and famed restaurants with top chefs at the helm.

The Andes flank Mendoza, making the region a favorite destination for outdoorsy types looking for the next big adventure, whether it involves water, heights or horses. In fact, Mendoza is home to the tallest mountain in both the Western and Southern hemispheres: Aconcagua.

What exactly makes up Mendoza can generate some confusion to outsiders, as it is both a city and a province (the city is the capital of the province). The city of Mendoza is a bustling center in its own right, and many visitors seek that buzz and choose to stay in town.

Mendoza also consists of multiple regions, most of which at least sound faintly familiar to people who might recall having seen them on wine labels. They include Maipú, which is closest to the city, San Rafael, Valle de Uco and Luján de Cuyo, among others. Rest assured, no matter which area of Mendoza you visit there is wine to be had in a spectacular setting.