My stay in Mendoza was short; therefore it's a quick post, if you want to skip right to the pictures!
After a long stay in Cafayate that included lots of wine, combined with the fact that I'm not much of a drinker - I felt I needed a break from the vino scene. And now I was in the wine mecca of Argentina!
I spent one full day bike riding around the vineyards with some folks I met at the hostel. We had a rough start trying to catch the right bus out to the vineyards, and then trying to navigate the maps we were given once we were on the bikes. (It wasn't me! I didn't even attempt to help navigate; I knew better.) But once we arrived to the first spot, everything started to flow (pun intended).
There was a couple from Boston, Crystal and Jeremy, and the other two, Mat (Aussie) and Liz (Colorado), I wrote about in another post. We all shared travel stories, had lots of laughs, tried lots of wine and ended with a delicious meal at Tempus Alba. We rolled back to the hostel and proceeded to open up some of the bottles that we got at the bodegas. We exchanged contact info and everyone went their separate ways the next day. I spent the next day hanging at a nearby coffee shop, chatting with the owners and planning the next leg of the journey.
Mendoza was not quite what I expected. When thinking about the biggest wine producer in Latin America, I was expecting a countryside of lush green, rolling hills. Clearly, this is an example of where I did not do enough research! Mendoza is a hustling city and the vineyards are really surrounding the city. If I had planned better, I might have stayed in Maipu or another area just outside the city and closer to the vineyards. There is also a lot more to see in terms of landscapes and more to do in terms of hiking and rafting that I did not get to. Maybe next time!
Coffee: Melbourne Coffee Co., A-MAZ-ING
Wine: First choice red - Bodegas Lopez Malbec 2013
Runner up - Salvador Tercano Roble Malbec
Honorable mention - Trapiche Rose (bubbly)
Food: Great food at Tempus Alba Bodega. In the city - Anna Bistro.
Accommodation: Hostel Alamo