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  • Day36

    Bike n Wine

    November 12, 2019 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Hoy hice un tour a diferentes bodegas en bicicleta. Aunque los bicis eran muy simples y teníamos que conducir en las calles con los carros, era un día muy bonito. Los vinos que probamos me gustaron mucho y compré una botella de un vino blanco muy dulce como me gusta a mi.Read more

  • Day37

    Bodega Trapiche - Klassisch gut

    February 3, 2021 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Der Tag startete mit einer Bodega-Besichtigung bei Trapiche. Das Weingut ist eines der ältesten und größten der Region, alles ist sehr gut durchorganisiert und wirkt trotzdem noch nett und gut gemacht. Die Bodega hatte sogar einen eigenen Bahnanschluss und wirkt auch ansonsten wie ein Aushängeschild der Industrialisierung-Zeit. Schön hier!Read more

  • Day50

    Maipu - Weinbau um Mendoza

    December 20, 2018 in Argentina ⋅ 🌬 17 °C

    Ich habe 4 - ganz unterschiedliche- Weingüter besucht und ihre genauso unterschiedlichen Produkte verkostet und diskutiert. Dabei habe ich gelernt, dass man einen „High Quality“ Wein produzieren kann, der jedes Jahr gleich (gut) schmeckt - oder auf Sulfite verzichtet, mehr Arbeit investiert und immer wieder einen neuen Wein bekommt.
    ....Und das Chardonnay hier gerne im Barrique ausgebaut wird.
    ....Und das amerikanische Eiche „viel“ billiger ist als französische
    ....ach ja, das letzte von mir besuchte “Weingut“ Trivento hat eine größere Anbaufläche als die Wachau und Wien zusammen ...
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  • Day8

    Chicas en bicicleta sobre Mendoza.

    May 24, 2019 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Wowser are we back in the mother country?
    This place has an insane McLaren Vale, South Australia vibe. Chilly in the mornings and beautifully sunny in the afternoons. The autumn leaves are falling and the vineyards are not long ago harvested.
    We ventured through the busy streets of Mendoza and headed south to the district of Maipu. Famous for its Malbec this place is bustling with packed out tour groups and tourists cycling about.
    We did a very vague, google maps, self guided tour through the streets on our rented mountain bikes. We weaved through traffic, road blocks and road works to head down to the most famous wineries in the areas. We drank and smiled and had an extremely informative history lesson at one Cellar Door. We met some lovely girls who co-owned one of the oldest wineries in the district. With limited English, google translate and our complete lack of Spanish they gave us a tour of their small but significant winery (it has 5 stars on Google maps, and we’d give it 5 more). Thank you Amelia and Marina.
    Oh Mendoza, we wish we could stay longer. And thank you Argentina. Next stop - Chile.
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    Natalie Shaw

    How was the park??

    5/26/19Reply
    Rosie Shaw

    Very good indeed

    5/26/19Reply
     
  • Day60

    Weintour in Maipú

    March 2, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    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!Read more

    Annie Lince

    Dat smaakt hè Jan? 🍷👍

    3/6/17Reply
     
  • Day86

    Pasrai olive oil processing plant

    February 16, 2019 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    It may seem strange to post about olive oil in a region supposedly famous for wine. Well, truth is, I took a wine and olive oil tour. The three wineries visited were poor. I was disappointed. However, seeing how olive oil is made was fun and the tasting was really good. The first pic is about the olives. Then the stone press, sorting and separation, olive oil presses, decanting to remove water, and bottling and shipping. The tasting used 6 or 8 stations with bread and various olive oils, some flavored or toppings made with olive oil, all excellent.Read more

  • Day18

    Vine & Ride // Maipú, Mendoza

    May 15, 2018 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    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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  • Day217

    Maipu, Argentina

    May 22, 2017 in Argentina ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    *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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  • Day49

    Mendoza

    December 19, 2018 in Argentina ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    ...ist ungewöhnlich, da nach einem Erdbeben im Jahr 1861 keine von den gewöhnlichen Kolonialbauten mehr vorhanden sind...dafür gibt es breite Straßen und hübsche Parks.

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