Mendoza wineries (Andes)

There are so many adventures, I only have time to churn out segments. This was on that side of the Andes. Stay tuned for what’s happening on the Chilean side!

I wrote this article for living green magazine. Check it out in full here.

Mendoza is Argentina’s famous wine-producing region, with over 1700 wineries in the region. Argentina’s is the fifth-largest in the world, and Mendoza accounts for over 60% of it.

We hopped on the bikes for a tour of the wineries. A family-run organic winery was a winner, in my books. Out of the aforementioned 1700, there are only 4 organic wineries in this region.

They grow organic grapes without the use of artificial or chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides, which are often harmful not only for the grapes but also the environment. Their application and processing further exacerbates water and soil pollution.

The rest of their wine-making process is sustainable: producing, storing, packaging, retailing, and exporting – following ecologically sound principles, like water and energy conservation.

What is it that you’re thinking: these pictures could be from any winery, really?

Although not visible here, Mendoza lies just 100km from the highest peak in the Americas, Mount Aconcagua (6,959 m / 22,841 ft), one of Seven Summits.

So, let me see if I can spice it up with the Andes backdrop:

The city itself, and the surrounding valley (historically known as the Huentota) have a spectacular water management system, the same that was developed by the Inca and Huarpe Indian tribes before the Spanish colonization. The irrigation channels and the reservoirs are strategically positioned supply runoff water from the melting snow of the nearby Andes mountains. It is a more superior system than using underground aquifers, which can damage the terrain as they do not distribute the water as well.

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