After Buenos Aires we spent a day in Rosario where Che Guevara was born. We walked along the river front, saw the main sights and a couple of museums and then headed to Mendoza, the centre of Argentina`s wine district.
Mendoza is lovely, as we arrived on the bus early in the morning we got our first view of the snow capped andes floating above the vineyards. After a day of relaxing we walked through the night market and went for our first winetasting at vines of mendoza in the centre of town where we tried 5 different wines each. The next day we rented bikes and cycled up to the big park for a couple of hours. It was all going well until sean got a puncture and we ended up walking back but it was time for our second round of winetasting anyway.
We went on a tour of 3 vineyards with a couple from New Zealand, an English guy and some Spanish people. We went to Winert, Lagarde - where one guy manually produces 20,000 bottles of sparkling wine a year (no one gets to meet him as apparently he`s very grumpy, understandable after seeing how many bottles he had to look after!), and a small family vineyard that only produce wine for Kentucky.
The next day we saw 3 more vineyards on our own. Archeval Ferrer, where we had an amazing tasting with wines from the barrel and wines that were £50 a bottle. We had lunch at Ruca Mallen where 5 courses are all paired with a different wine. It was amazing food with an incredible view as the clouds cleared over lunch to reveal the mountains behind the vineyards. We also saw Alta Vista Vineyard and ended up getting so carried away with the amazing day that we brought back 4 bottles of wine and a jar of olives! We`re now going to attempt to carry these to Tucuman and then to Salta if we don`t drink them before then!...Love Vicky x