A couple days ago a few friends from the hostel and I decided to rent bikes and ride around the Mendoza wine country. I would definitely recommend doing this versus going through a tour company because you have the flexibility to spend more time at the vineyards and you can pick the vineyards you want to visit. We took the bus from Mendoza to the center of Coquimbito and rented bikes from Maipu bikes and had a great experience. We were even able to negotiate a free bike because there were 8 of us in our group (total cost of $78 pesos per person)! I recommend stopping at La Panaderia on the main street of Urquiza and getting some freshly baked bread and cheese to take with you to the vineyards. We did this and it was great to have some food to enjoy with our wine! We then biked 5k to Tempus Alba vineyard and walked through their free, self guided tour and did a tasting. The tasting was $65 pesos and the view from their outdoor balcony was amazing with great views on the snow capped Andes in the distance!
Next, we went to an organic vineyard called Vino el Cerno. We decided to order bottles here to divide among our group and they didn’t really promote tastings. The wine here was ok but we didn’t have the best experience with the service so I would actually skip this vineyard… Our last vineyard was Mevi and it was by far my favorite. I did the tasting here ($70 pesos) as well and all of the wines were delicious. I recommend the Malbec, Torrontes, and Cabernet Sauvignon. They also had a great outdoor patio overlooking the vineyard and olive grove. After Mevi, we biked back to Maipu bikes and they had a happy hour from 5-6pm with FREE complimentary wine. They owner was very generous with the free wine and I definitely recommend doing this after your vineyard tours. I absolutely loved my visit to Mendoza’s wine country and I will definitely plan on returning again before I leave!