Red, red wine in Mendoza

Trip Start Feb 03, 2011
Trip End Jul 01, 2011

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Hostel Lao Mendoza
Read my review - 5/5 stars
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I had three great days in Mendoza doing winetours. The first day was a tour organized by my hostal. It included three bodega`s; Kaiken, Ruca Malen (6 course lunch and winepairing), Pulenta Estate. The views on this tour were as amazing as most of the wines we tried. Especially during our lunch, which was absolutely fabulous! The next day I went on a tour to (also Valle Lujan de Cuyo) but with a touragency. We visited Achaval Ferrer (which I had personally swapped for another bodega, haha), Cobos, Terruņo and Mendel. Also great wineries, though as a daytour I preferred the hostel winetour. I must say though, I`ve learned a lot about wine in these two days. Maybe too much...Oh no! Will I be doomed forever, only appreciating delicate wines for the rest of my life? Naahh, don`t worry. But I do think I`ve found a new passion here.
And then, as if I wasn`t winey enough, I did a winetour by bike with my two friends Leigh and Suzanne (both from Scotland) in Maipu. It was great to bike around in the beautiful scenery the Mendoza surroundings have to offer instead of being driven around. I especially loved the streets which had large trees on either side with their beautiful golden and orange turned leaves. We sat out on the patio of the Tempa Albus bodega in the sun and enjoyed a winetasting with our lunch. But don`t think it isn`t hard work going on winetours. The last day we biked about 24 kilometers going from bodega to bodega. And wouldn`t you know the best ones are always the furthest away. I would recommend coming to Mendoza to anyone who loves great scenery, a glass of wine (or two, or three or what the heck...let`s make it, say, 13 a day) and good food.
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Maaike on

Mjam, lekker hoor!;)

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