The areas immediately surrounding Mendoza, once mostly agricultural, except for earlier incarnations of the semi-industrial wine industry in Mapú, are now a mix of commercial, residential and rural zones. Some feel quite suburban and are popular for weekending mendocinos. The further south you go the more rural it becomes until you reach Valle de Uco. Agrelo, the southern part of Luján de Cuyo, has several well known wineries.
The small town of Maipú, just out of Mendoza, is the most urbanized and least picturesque of the regions. However, it's so packed with wineries, olive-oil farms and other gourmet businesses that it’s easy to hit five or six in a day. All offer tours and most finish proceedings with at least a small sampling of their produce. No matter where you are, the spiky Andean profile rises to the west, with Cordon del Plata (5935m) at the same latitude as Luján de Cuyo.