Bikes and wine - what a lovely combo
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That we did, cycling around the vineyards and getting a little tipsy on the way - Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon - even absinthe! Heavenly.
We met a fabulous man of Italian descent called Carmelo Patti who made the most incredible Cabernet Sauvignon from his small winery just outside Mendoza. He didn't speak any English but his passion and hand gestures helped us understand what he was telling us. He proudly showed us articles about him and his wine from, among others, the Washington Post and New York Times. If you are looking for a Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec back at home look out for him on the restaurant menus
Mendoza itself was all wide, tree-lined avenues and plazas, having been totally rebuilt since a major earthquake in the late 19th century. But the most spectacular part of the trip was the journey back and forth across and over the Andes. Spectacular and terrifying! One section up the side of a mountain had more than 40 curves, winding up and up as far as you can see with steep drops and not a lot of room.....
Something tells us we're going to have to used to this as we travel further north.
Next stop La Serena on the North Chilean coast in search of the elusive penguins.