Trip Start Jan 10, 2008
46Trip End May 29, 2008
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Wine, wine, wine. I had been looking forward to heading to the wine country of Argentina for some time because what can I say? I love it. It turns out we went at a fantastic time of year because the tourist crowd was quite low and its fall so all the trees are fiery reds and oranges which is just beautiful. Mendoza feels more like a big town than a city because there arent many big buildings and its very chill - none of that city-buzz/craziness that I saw in Buenos Aires, and to a lesser extent in Cordoba. Instead there are lots of tree-lined streets, outdoor cafes, plazas and parks. After sleeping away half the day our first day (after a sleepless bus ride) we went to a well-known italian joint where the pasta is homemade. After a bottle of wine between us and bellies full of super tasty food we strolled around town and paid a visit to the local aquarium which was small, old, and kinda ghetto yet fun nonetheless - they had almost as many dead fish on display as alive
The highlight of our stay was probably the second day when we went on an afternoon tour of the vineyards, which is practically obligatory when youīre in Mendoza. On the tour we visited both a medium sized winery and a small family run one, as well as an olive oil factory. It was pretty cool to see how everything is made, especially the ginormous barrels of wine that filled the entire downstairs of these wineries, each labeled by category and year. My only complaint would have to be that I wish they gave everyone a tad more wine during the tastings.... just to you know, fully appreciate the flavors ;) All joking aside, I really do think it would be cool to be knowledgable about wine and know how to pair it with complimenting foods and such. Iīll have to work on that so I can throw fabulous dinner parties one day. Not to mention I really want one of those cool wine fridges ... and possibly a mini cellar in my future home sooo...all the more reason to become an expert!
Another great feature of Mendoza is its main park which almost rivals Central Park, except it just canīt because that is manhattan and this isnīt. But anyway, this park was HUGE - on the map, its like 1/3 of the size of the city, I swear. So needless to say we only got to see a small portion of it, but its basically just lots of greenery, trees in all shades (with palm trees mixed in...love it), a beautiful pond, cafes spread throughout, just very tranquil and nice
The interesting thing to note about Mendoza and the surrounding province is that itīs actually a semi-arid desert but thanks to the andes nearby and ingenious irrigation, water trickles down to each town to provide just enough to support the people, fauna and crops