MENDOZA, located in the foothill of the Andes, is the heart and soul of Argentina's wine country. The region is famed for its superb Malbec and other bold red wines. The city is surrounded by snow caped mountains and healthy air. Mendoza has several museums, including the National Wine Museum, focusing on the history of winemaking in the area. Its many wineries are popular for tastings and tours. Mendoza offers gourmet restaurants, a beautiful romantic environment for outdoor activities, and excellent choices of city hotels and lodges.