Mendoza is arguably home to the finest Malbec on earth. The three most reputed regions in Mendoza are: Maipu, Lujan de Cuyo and Uco Valley. Each of these regions bring different characteristics to the wine. In this picture Olya is tasting through a flight of boutique wines from Lujan de Cuyo just south of the city of Mendoza, this region stretches along the Andean foothills as it rises to the west. The wineries surrounding this area of Mendoza have been widely acclaimed abroad for its world class Malbec with three of Argentina’s recognized Denominaciones de Origen (DOC) of Vistalba, Agrelo, and Pedriel. With the snow-capped Cordón del Plata always in the distance and the gentle slope of vines, many Malbec vineyards in this area were planted over 100 years ago and today achieve low yields and high concentration with elegant tannins. Most vineyards range from 2,000-3,500 feet above sea level and the oscillation in temperature creates fine aromas and good acidity. Soils here are quite varied depending on how close vineyards are to the mountains or Mendoza River, and tend to form alluvial layers of loam, rock, and gravel.