(Decanter) Córdoba often plays third fiddle to Argentina’s glamorous capital Buenos Aires and the country’s key wine city Mendoza, but this picturesque province is a surprisingly diverse destination.
A rich 16th-century history, tracts of rolling countryside and hospitable Fernandito-sipping cordobeses have long ensured its reputation as a favourite with domestic travellers. Fernandito is the local favourite mixed drink of Fernet-Branca amaro with cola.
And now Córdoba is making its mark as a wine destination. While the 1573-founded eponymous provincial capital is a fascinating cultural introduction, with its UNESCO-heritage Jesuit Block and buoyant nightlife, Córdoba’s winemaking regions make for an exciting road trip.
Sierras and mountains paint a dramatic landscape, replete with rivers, cattle ranches, and opportunities for outdoor adventures such as parasailing, horse riding and hiking.
Like Mendoza, Córdoba province is elevated – about 350m-550m above sea level, compared to Mendoza at 750m and up.
But, at about 470km to the northeast of Mendoza, Córdoba is under a less intense Andean gaze.
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