Argentina
Mendoza

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  • Day40

    Mendoza Wine & Olive Oil Tour pt1

    December 11, 2019 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    After our long 17.5hr bus journey from Bariloche to Mendoza we are finally in the wine capital of Argentina! We arrived at 7am so had time for breakfast at our new digs, before booking a wine tour to the valley of Luján de Cuyo, on this tour we visited the Roberto Bonfanti bodega which is a small family run vineyard that specialises in boutique wines. The owner talked to us in Spanish (not helpful, but our helpful tour guide was at hand to translate lol 😂) about the process they use... Then the most important part of trying their wines!! We tried 3 different wines; Single Malbec (screw top aka cheaper wine) then the reserva Malbec and also (which was my favourite as its white) the chardonnay.... It was amazing, so we bought some of course! Next we toured a bigger wine producer in the same area; Dante Robino which produces Malbecs, whites but also lots of sparkling wines too ( yum😋)! The last place we visited was the olive oil producers of Laur, they are the 4th largest producers of olive oil in the world, plus no.1 in South America! Their olive oil and balsamics were lovely too.Read more

  • Day40

    Mendoza Wine & Olive Oil Tour pt2

    December 11, 2019 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    More images that we couldn't fit on the first post 😂

  • Day40

    Day 38 - To Mendoza

    February 4, 2019 in Argentina ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

    Up early to check out and over to the air park (it's the air park for the downtown port and the airport for the international port north of BA) for our 9:00 flight. Once there we discovered I'd made the reservation for a 9 PM flight! We were able to get a new reservation, in Business class, for later in the morning and waited for that.

    We had a good flight to Mendoza, cruusing over heavily farmed plains. Our hotel (Villaggio) is a small boutique one in the center of town. We walked around the central square and a pedestrian street.

    Mendoza is a large city (130,000 in the city proper and 1.7 million in the greater metro area). It's 650 miles from BA but only 150 miles from Santiago, Chile, across the Andes. It is the commercial hub of the wine growing region but doesn't seem crowded or busy. Wine is THE business here with 90% of all Argentine wines produced in the area. They also grow olives and produce olive oil and bottle the mountain water for sale throughout the country.

    At a shop on the pedestrian mall I finally found a leather belt I liked. At the hotel we arranged tours for Wednesday and Thursday then went around the corner for a great Italian dinner (with wine, of course).
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  • Day134

    Mendoza and the wine region

    December 4, 2019 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    After a week of spanish school in Mendoza , we got ourselves wrapped arround the past and the imperfect. And Suse tried her first Mate' , and we learned about the ceremonial love affair of passing the cup when meeting people. On the weekend we see people under trees at the creeks and in parkinglots making Asado ,the other argentine past time ,our spanish teacher explained it "as an exuse to get together and bbq all day" . Mendoza is a lively , joyful town and the largest wine region in Argentina just south of the city allows Napa valley like tours and tastings .We camp at rio Atuel ,which forms an impressive canyon.Read more

  • Day34

    Ice cream, vino, fountains & music

    November 10, 2019 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    First exploration of Mendoza:)
    I found out that they have the best ice cream so far, cheap wine and some nice entertainment at Plaza de Independencia 👍
    In Mendoza, there is even a Liverpool pub 😁

  • Day43

    San Martín Park in Mendoza City

    December 14, 2019 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Today we just spent a day walking around the parks and getting to know the city a little more, the main park reminded me a little of Central Park in NY, but on a much smaller scale, with dedicated running, walking and cycling paths, and a lake in the middle (which didn't seem to be used for any water sports!) it also had a mini sports centre within it and basketball courts. We had a play on the outdoor exercise equipment, which wasn't a great idea in the desert heat lol 😂Read more

  • Day284

    Mendoza

    February 14, 2018 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    On our way to Mendoza we flew over a huge mountain range – reminding us of flying into Cusco with the plane seemingly not high enough above the peaks. Once over the mountains, the landscape became very flat and dry.
    A downtown Airbnb apartment served as our base. Dangerously, it had Netflix. While we caught up on a few series, we also managed to get out and about a bit.
    The downtown was bustling and full of restaurants, cafes and wine bars. Many of the buildings were charming, but not nearly as impressive as in BA. While it felt safe, we were put off by many of the small corner shops taking orders through barred windows – even in the middle of the day in nice neighborhoods.
    Wine country was a change from Chile with the main difference being there seemed to be hundreds of small, independent wineries near Mendoza in contrast to what seemed to be fewer, bigger ones in Chile. The tasting fees were also far more reasonable (~$10-15 instead of ~$25-30), likely because of so much competition. We visited a few wineries (including the sparkling wine maker, Cruzat) and had lunch at a beautiful wine lodge. The vineyards were pretty and the wine delicious with huge mountain ranges visible in the distance.
    On one of our days here, we took a drive back towards the Chilean border through a stunning desert landscape. It made us wish we’d taken the bus here instead of flown so we could have seen even more. We were surprised to learn that the highest mountain outside of Asia is here, called Aconcagua, an impressive 6,962 meters (22,841 ft). Luckily we had a clear day so had very good views on our short hike near the mountain. We enjoyed the city and would recommend it for a visit, but the highlight for us was the nearby mountains and landscapes vs. the city itself or even its’ wine country.
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  • Day99

    86. Argentina - Mendoza

    November 29, 2019 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Love Mendoza! Greater Mendoza is a city of almost 2 million people. Strolling through the streets, I feel like I'm in a mini version of NYC (without the skyline). The city of 21 sq miles is lined with shops, restaurants, bars, and plenty of accommodation options. There's no shortage of plazas and small parks as well.

    The main industries here are olive oil and wine production, with a focus on Malbecs. We took a wine tour at 2 wineries, including Domiciano Winery, with a mostly Spanish speaking group. I connected with an old friendly woman who walked with a cane. I think she got hammered pretty fast. I didn't understand a word she said, but she made a joke and laughed, and I laughed too. (Maybe I was a little hammered as well?)
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  • Day253

    Mendoza

    April 10, 2019 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Nach einer ewigen Busfahrt, die uns aber durch den Service so angenehm wie möglich gemacht wurde, erreichten wir Mendoza. Die Stadt wurde als Start- und Zielpunkt zur Andenüberquerung gegründet. Erst später kam der Weinanbau dazu, der heute weltweit bekannte Weine hervorbringt. Passend dazu verbrachten wir den ersten Tag in der Unterkunft und öffneten schonmal kurz nach dem Mittag eine Flasche Rotwein, die wir noch aus El Bolson übrig hatten. Zum Abendbrot suchten wir dann ein Restaurant und landeten in einer kleinen Pizzeria.
    Am nächsten Tag besuchten wir eine (mittlerweile fast obligatorische) Free Walkingtour, die auch wieder sehr gut war. Auf der Tour lernten wir Ursula aus Lindau vom Bodensee kennen. Sie war uns sofort sympathisch und wir schauten direkt ob wir nicht für den Nachmittag noch eine Weinverkostung organisieren können. Nachdem der Mann am Schalter feststellen musste wie hartnäckig wir waren, war es doch noch möglich ganz kurzfristig eine Tour nach Maipu zu buchen. Dort sollten wir zwei Weingüter besuchen und eine Olivenplantage. Das erste Weingut hieß Bodega Lopez. Dort bekamen wir eine Führung durch die Kelterei und anschließend durften wir einen Rotwein und einen Sekt im Weinkeller probieren. Jährlich werden hier 15 Mio. Liter Wein verkauft, jedoch gehen davon nur rund 5% ins Ausland. Zum Glück hatten wir Ursula dabei, immer wenn unsere Spanisch-Kenntnisse nicht mehr zum übersetzen reichten, konnte sie uns helfen. Der Wein war lecker und so kauften wir insgesamt 3 Flaschen. Der nächste Stopp war auf der Olivenplantage. Hier wurde uns etwas über die Produktion des Olivenöls erklärt und anschließend durften wir natürlich alle Produkte probieren. Es gab Öle mit unterschiedlichen Geschmacksrichtungen, Seifen, Cremes, Duschbäder, Brotaufstriche,...
    Nach dem ersten Schluck Wein kam jetzt der Appetit und so kauften wir zwei Öle und einen Brotaufstrich mit Tomaten, den wir zum Abendbrot mit frischem Brot essen wollten. Den letzten Stopp machten wir auf dem etwas exklusiveren Weingut namens Don Arturo. Auch hier wurde uns nochmal der Herstellungsprozess erklärt bevor wir drei Weine verkosten durften. Zwei Sorten Malbec und einen Cabernet Sauvignon. Die Rebsorte Malbec stammt ursprünglich aus Frankreich, aber der Großteil der weltweiten Produktion stammt aus Argentinien. Der Bekanntheitsgrad der argentinischen Weine stieg, nachdem die Politik den Weinbauern ein Konjunkturprogramm verordnete. Die meisten Weingüter sind zwar noch in Familienbesitz, haben jedoch auch Investoren aus dem Ausland mit deren Hilfe neue Anlagen und Maschinen beschafft wurden und somit die Qualität der Weine enorm gesteigert werden konnte.
    Die Tour an sich war informativ und die Weingüter schön, es war jedoch auch offensichtlich, dass hier der Verkauf der Produkte im Vordergrund stand. Das war aber insofern ok, da wir ja gern ein paar Weine kaufen und probieren wollten.
    Den Abend genossen wir dann mit frischem Baguette, Knoblauch-Olivenöl, Tomaten-Aufstrich und einer Flasche Malbec auf unserem Balkon. Dieser war herrlich ruhig in dem Innenhof unseres Hotels gelegen und wir hatten ein Sofa und eine Hängematte 😊
    Unseren letzten Tag in Mendoza gingen wir dann auch entspannt an. Wir trafen uns mit Ursula und spazierten zum Markt, wo wir uns Brot, Schinken und Oliven kauften, die wir anschließend bei einem ausgedehnten Picknick im Parque General San Martin zusammen verspeisten. Dazu gab es natürlich wieder leckeren Rotwein. Am späteren Nachmittag machten wir noch eine Führung zur Stadtgeschichte zusammen und gingen anschließend noch zusammen essen.
    Mendoza war seit langem die erste größere Stadt und es fühlte sich einfach gut an, dieses Stadtgefühl aufzunehmen und sich durch die Straßen treiben zu lassen und die Vorzüge zu genießen.
    Konrad
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  • Day38

    Parque General San Martin

    November 14, 2019 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    On the list for today:
    - ice cream
    - Mendoza's biggest park
    - walk through Aristides
    - selfmade dinner with the wine from the bodega 'Domiciana'

    -> it was way too hot to do more!

You might also know this place by the following names:

Mendoza, مندوزا, Ciudá de Mendoza, Горад Мендоса, Мендоса, Μεντόσα, Ciudad de Mendoza, מנדוסה, मेन्दोज़ा, Capital megye, Մենդոսա, MDZ, メンドーサ, მენდოსა, 멘도사, Mendosa, Vila de Mendoza, Мендосæ, میندوزا, Мендоза, เมนโดซา, مندوسا، ارجنٹائن, Mendos, 门多萨

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