Mendoza, Argentina’s best-known wine-making region, has long been popular with the Malbec-sipping set who yearn for lazy lunches paired with vineyard vistas. A short 90-minute flight from the capital city Buenos Aires, Mendoza is a year-round destination thanks to the fun-packed late summer vendimia (grape harvest festivities), scaling summits such as the southern hemisphere’s highest peak Aconcagua in summer, and skiing at Las Leñas resort in winter.
More importantly for wine lovers, the province is home to more than 600 bodegas (wineries) and in a bid to bring wine closer to drinkers, many are also home to superb restaurants. One of the hottest tables to book right now is Angélica Maestra Cocina, the restaurant that opened in February 2023 at legendary winery Catena Zapata, while another unmissable experience is three-times World’s Best Vineyard winner Piedra Infinita at Zuccardi Valle de Uco. In this roundup FDL samples some of Mendoza’s finest winery restaurants (just don’t forget to arrange a driver).