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Departamento de Maipú

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  • Day48

    Dragoman D2- Wine and Mr Hugo

    April 7, 2017 in Argentina

    A group of 6 of us were dropped in front of Mr Hugo bikes in Maipu, one of the closest wine regions to the city of Mendoza. A jolly man in his 70's he gave us a bike each, and each was worse then the other. Brakes were poor, gears wouldn't change but they worked and we didn't have far to go, so they would do. Mr Hugo showed us a route on the map and we set off to our first winery. Less than 5km away disaster struck and James had a puncture. He cycled quickly back to Mr Hugo for a fresh bike, while we arrived at the first winery.

    Domiciano was a family run vineyard with pretty gray buildings. Its main vineyard lay 20km away, this being a show vineyard of sorts. We started with wine tasting, trying their chardonnay, shirah and a reserva malbec. All delicious and the guide gave such good description of the time and effort that goes in to produce each bottle. Their grapes are hand collected at night to stop them from fermenting early. They had recently won in an international competition, beating over 4400 other wines.

    As we were customers of Mr Hugo we had an extra wine to taste of our choice. The other people in the tasting were green with envy! Afterwards we had a small tour of the wine barrells, and walked through a small vineyard tasting the grapes. As we left we noticed that I now had a flat tyre. My quads had to kick in again after their training at Bariloche.

    We headed to our next destination, a wine museum. Full of old tools, eqiupment and massive barrels to explore. They let you exchange your ticket for a bottle of wine, so by combining our tickets we got a very nice red to be used after a particularly good day on the trip!

    Peckish by now we beelined to a beer garden via Mr Hugo where I picked up another bike. Good pizza and craft beer fuled us back up, and we had a 10% discount courtesy of Mr Hugo.

    Our last stop was a food craft store, again family run which made olive oil, tamponades, jams and liqours. We tasted them all and were very happy after the liqours, some such as the dulce de leche liqour we bought being 21%.

    Dropping our bikes back off with Mr Hugo he have us a lemonade to sober up before the bus back to Mendoza. A hug before leaving, his bikes may be bad but the deals we had everywhere due to Mr Hugo had been worth it. The whole day including the produce we had bought (a lot of alcohol) had come to cheaper than any full day tour on offer. Budget travelling at its best!
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  • Day217

    Maipu, Argentina

    May 22, 2017 in Argentina

    *Guest post by Cat

    At times, it feels like we are on a food tour of South America as we spend some (ok many) days simply moving from cafe to bar to restaurant ensuring we are sampling all the local delicacies, coffees, pastries, beers... the list is endless. And here you thought we were busy hiking and jam-packing our days with activities! I had been looking forward to Mendoza for months as this region produces over 60% of Argentina's wine and is particularly well known for producing excellent Malbec, one of my favourite reds.

    There are three main wine producing areas on the outskirts of the city of Mendoza and we chose one of the most accessible to explore: Maipu. After an hour on a local bus we jumped off at a bike rental shop and picked up some bikes from a lovely Spanish only speaking Mr Hugo to explore the area and some bodegas (wineries).

    The sun gods were smiling on us and we cycled out of the main town under endless blue skies. Ten minutes later, we were cycling past vineyards and snow capped Andes Mountains which were suddenly visible on our right. A stunning view that didn't get old all day!

    The bike path ended and we found ourselves cycling along a tree lined narrow road. Gorgeous autumn coloured trees, vineyards on both sides and regular sneak peaks of snowy mountains - not much could spoil the serenity... except the massive trucks, motorbikes and cars speeding past us every few minutes in both directions! After a stressful 30 minutes cycling, we pulled into our first bodega around 1pm - Familia Di Tommasso.

    This is one of Argentina's oldest bodegas and we opted for a tour and tasting to kickstart our day. A lovely girl with excellent English first showed us the vineyards where they are growing Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Both require a similarly small amount of water but one uses a trench to keep the roots moist year-round while the other requires a drip irrigation system. The Mendoza region is very dry (average rainfall per year is 230mm) which is precisely why Malbec and Cab Sav grow so well here. Too much rain will ruin these grapes and either results in no wine or low quality wine. 2016 was bad as they had early heavy rainfall before harvest. This year was good but the yield low (due to the previous years rain). They are hoping for a better 2018.

    Back inside, our tour guide showed us the original brick vats (made with Italian bricks) they used to make wine in. Due to hygiene, they can no longer make wine in these so they are now used to store bottles of wine before they are sold (after fermentation and 6-18 months in barrels, the wine has to rest for at least 12 months in their bottles before they are ready to go to market). Only about 30% of the grapes harvested at Familia Di Tommasso are used for their own wine. They sell or trade the remainder of grapes to other vineyards. None of the wine is exported or even sold in Argentinian stores -the only way to buy it is directly from them! They produce 30,000 litres each year.

    Every bodega in Argentina must bottle their own wine. This was not always the case and vineyards could transport casks of wine to Buenos Aires and other major cities where businesses could bottle and market the product themselves. But rogue companies were adding water and ethanol to the wine to make it go further so the government now regulates wine making and bodegas have to have their own bottling and labelling capacity in-house. The only way wine can leave an Argentinian vineyard is in a bottle unless it is going to another vineyard, in which case the entire transportation must be overseen by an official in person from start to finish.

    All this talk of wine was making us thirsty and we finally got to sample the goods! Our guide explained how we should taste using multiple senses - sight, smell and taste. First we checked the colour of the wine in the light above a sheet of white paper before looking at the density by swirling it in the glass and observing the streaks. Then we breathed in the aromas before finally getting to taste. We tried a young Malbec (no time in barrels), a delicious Cab Sav that had been in an American oak barrel for 6 months (you could taste the smoky flavour that added) and a Malbec that had been in a French oak barrel for 18 months. All delicious!

    It was 2pm and the wine had whetted our appetite for lunch so we hopped back on the bikes to cycle to our next bodega - back along the death trap of a road which didn't feel quite so scary (either due to one glass of wine or there were less cars at siesta time).

    We didn't have far to go before reaching our next vineyard Tempus Alba, an industrial sized winery. There was a self guided tour which we sped through to reach the sunny terrace upstairs with awesome views over the vines. We each selected 3 wines that were presented with tasting notes so we could taste without the watchful eye of an expert. Although we had enjoyed the tips from our first friend, sometimes you just want to enjoy a wine in peace. This washed down some excellent burgers before we cycled 600m further down the road to the next vineyard - Mevi. This small boutique vineyard also had a beautiful terrace overlooking vineyards, olive trees with the snowy Andes as a backdrop. We basked in the sun while enjoying 3 more wines and wondering if life could get any better.

    Our final stop on the way back to town was an olive farm. We tried not only delicious olive oils and olives but also yummy home made marmalades and jams and then various liquors and chocolates. We dropped our bikes off at Mr Hugo's who had cold refreshing juice waiting for us and kissed us goodbye in friendly Argentinian style. The perfect end to a dream of a day!
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  • Day18

    Nach einem guten Frühstück in unserer Unterkunft (Hotel Mallorca) ging es los nach Maipú, dem Weinviertel in Mendoza. Hier sind die meisten Winzer ansässig.
    Der Weg dorthin ist ein bisschen mühsam, das Viertel liegt gute 13km von unserem Hotel entfernt. Ich glaube insgesamt sind wir 1,5h unterwegs. (Zu Fuß und mit dem Bus)
    Wir leihen uns Räder bei „Mr.Hugo“. Die Räder sind okay und kosten für den ganzen Tag 150 ARS.
    Eine komplette Tour zu allen Winzern und Olivenbauern dauert ca. 3h (Fahrzeit) die diversen Weinproben nicht eingerechnet :)
    Wir fahren los zum ersten Weingut, hier werden wir an der Pforte aufgehalten. „Reservierung?!“
    Das haben wir nicht gewusst, hier kann man nur mit einer reservierten Gruppe aufs Gelände. Deshalb schauen wir erstmal weiter und wollen evtl später wiederkommen.
    Wir kommen zu einer Straße in dem gleich 3 Winzer sind.
    Das erste Weingut produziert den meisten Teil des Weines industriell, den anderen Teil mit der Hand.
    Wir bestellen 6 Rotweine zum testen.
    Alle Weine sind sehr lecker, anders als bei uns zuhause.

    Weiter geht’s zum nächsten, hier werden alle Weine mit Liebe und Leidenschaft per Hand gekeltert.
    Es gibt 3x Malbec mit verschieden langer Lagerung - 2016, 2013, 2010. Genau als wir den Wein serviert bekommen, kämpft sich die Sonne durch die Wolken! Herrlich!

    Nach diesen 9 Rotweinen geht es zum nächsten, hier gibt es dann was zu essen.

    Eigentlich wollten wir hier auch Wein trinken, konnten aber nichtmehr. Zum Essen gab es eine Flasche geschenkt. Die nehmen wir mit nachhause :)

    Wieder im Hotel kurz chillen, dann ab zum Essen.
    Ziemlich viele Einheimische sagten, dass das Fleisch im Norden besser sei als im Süden, das müssen wir also testen.
    Daher gibts heute STEAK 🥩 und was für eins! Für mich gab es ein T-Bone und für Caro ein Rib-Eye Steak. Dazu ein paar Beilagen. Es war wirklich lecker! Wir waren im La Lucia.
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  • Day60

    Weintour in Maipú

    March 2, 2017 in Argentina

    Einen Tag sind wir mit dem Zug nach Maipú gefahren; dort gibt es etliche Weingüter (heißen hier Bodegas) die eine Besichtigung mit Weinprobe anbieten oder aber ein nettes Restaurant mit Aussicht im Garten haben! Beides haben wir sehr genossen!

  • Day8

    Maipú

    April 10, 2017 in Argentina

    In Mendoza gelandet, nehmen wir für die nächsten Tage ein Mietauto in Empfang.
    Kurz zuvor haben wir erfahren, dass David G. und seine Freundin Leila, hier ebenfalls einen Zwischenstopp auf ihrer Reise durch Südamerika machen. Kurzerhand entscheiden wir uns, zusammen eine kleine Bodegas Tour durch Maipú, einem kleinen Städtchen außerhalb Mendozas, zu machen. Halb betrunken machen wir uns auf den Weg in unsere Unterkunft und machen dort zu viert einen ausgiebigen Aperitivo. Prost!
    Am nächsten Tag machen wir uns nach einem Glas Weisswein auf den Weg nach San Rafael.
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