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IF YOU GO:

GOING THERE: Fly from Miami to Buenos Aires, and on a regional carrier to Mendoza or San Juan. Or fly LAN Chile Airline to Santiago, in Chile, and on to San Juan or Mendoza.

WHEN TO GO: Any time of year is lovely in Mendoza. But February, March and April (autumn in the Southern Hemisphere), when the harvest is under way or just completed, is especially nice.

PLANNING A TOUR:

Our tour guide, a family friend, no longer leads wine tours. Other recommended tour guides are listed below. Before making reservations, visit all the websites listed here, which, taken together, offer a wealth of information on Mendoza, on the types of tours available, and the wineries each guide or outfitter likes to visit. There are differences. The listed phone numbers in Argentina are preceded by 54, the country code. The rest are in the United States.

The Ampora Wine Tours: mendozawinetours.com

Mendoza Holidays: http://www.mendozaholidays.com (917)267-8781

Trout & Wine: http://www.troutandwine.com 54-261-425-5613

Uncorking Argentina: uncorkingarentina.com (866) 529-2861, or (916) 396-0456

Aventura & Wine: http://www.aventurawine.com 54-261-429-3014

The Grapevine Wine Tours: thegrapevine-winetours.com 54-261-429-7522