Mendoza and wine!

Trip Start Jun 13, 2008
Trip End Jun 12, 2009

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Ark ark ..... so we arrived in Mendoza fine and dandy, after a sleep on an over night bus.  What have we done hmmmm So far, we have caught up with some friends we met in Bolivia, Attempted to catch up with an Argentinian guy we met in Cordoba (unsuccessfully so far), and other than wandering completed a wine tour!

So we wandered around the shops and the streets, its very nice here all of the streets are wide open and lined with trees, this is due unfortunately to an earthquake in times past.....after the quake the mayor or whoever decides these things decided all the streets should be wide so that if an earthquake were to occur again all of the rubble could fall into the middle of the street!  Hmmmm  not sure if that would work but the effect is wide open inviting streets, lined with restaurant's and shops.

One thing i want to say about our experience in Argentina so far is the fact that everything has a much more European feel about it... I guess it is because everything is more developed here with the luxury of buildings that look complete etc.  It has been a complete contrast to the dusty streets of San Pedro, Chile  or the run down areas of Bolivia .... i like it in some ways and in others i don't.  I have to say if i could do this again i would have spent more time in Bolivia and Peru... and i don't think it is because things are more expensive here, just that i prefer the smaller developing towns to the developed giants.

Anywayzzz... back on track, yesterday we booked up a wine seemed the right thing to do as 80% of the country´s wine i produced here.  We decided to do it the cheapest way possible and instead of being guided to each place on a bus.... we started our journey with a local bus out of town to an area where they have lots of wineries within 12 KM of each other.  From here we stopped in the geniusly named bikesandwines store, and picked up a a map of the main wineries, olive oil factories and a liquor and chocolate factory to see on the way!

The fist stop was a wine museum...  as the next English tour was going to take a whole 30 minutes before it started we decided to hit their wine tasting session and skip the tour allowing for maximum winery visits within the 6 hours we had the bikes.  Luckily they don't make you spit out the wine after tasting, and after observing a slow movement of the "legs", or "tears" from this wine (legs or tears being the droplets that run down the side of your glass after swirling the wine around) telling me that this was a full bodied or strong wine i noticed a hint of berry (lol) and downed my glass along with an English girls glass of wine.... a girl we bumped into on the way who had been sick from a stomach infection.   Tasty!

We then checked the map, hit the road, and ended up at a chocolate and liquor factory.  i say factory, it was all completed by had but was a very interesting process to watch.  Especially the tasting session afterward..... i had a scrumptious chocolate liquor, some paprika relish/jam followed by an assortment of chocolates....... After the tasting me and Zoe bought a jar of paprika relish stuff and will hopefully find a cheese board in the supermarket along with some crackers for later :)

After choco time we hit our first winery sampling 3 full glasses of wine each! all of which i examined the colour, smelt rubber, wood, oak, a burning sensation up my nostrils and all the other rubbish you talk about when pretending to be a wine connoisseur before sinking this and jumping back on our now not as stable as we started renta bikes.  I would also like to point out that from the whole wine tour i only received 1 glass of white wine!  the rest was red...which was good for Zoe, not so good for me but a fun time it was anywayz!

Along the way we came across a brilliant sign insuring the map reading slightly tipsy tourists did not get lost!  Picture attached :)

After our 3 wines we hit the next winery which included the one white of the tour and another red!  this was enjoyed on bean bags in the sun before jetting off to the next winery including an interesting tour of the site and production methods and a very nice sample of three wines.  Luckily as my stomach was beginning to rumble the olive oil factory was just across the road and we stopped by to sample olive oil, bread, and sun dried toms YUM! 

This then left us with a little time to spare to race onto a local winery, which also included a tour, and a sampling of three standard wines and a desert wine.... once again very enjoyable and we found ourselves racing back to the bike store about 30 Min's late! all was good we dropped of the bikes and jumped on the local bus to Mendoza.......

soooooo so far so good!  we are thinking of doing  a days snowboarding as you can get a bus up the mountains including all rental for a day at a reasonable price but we are not sure on this yet.

Plans for the next 9 days...... a couple more in Mendoza, a bus to Valparaiso Chile, from there we should hopefully be spending three days in Santiago Chile and then jumping on our flight for Oz ....arriving Melbourne around the 29th of this month :)

Love to all

Tom x
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kallendar on

Scrumptious, lol

I'm getting bored of South America, get to Australia already ;)

gusandjess on

thanks for the info and hope that you enjoyed the land of oz.

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