If you’re a wine lover, you must, at some point, go to Mendoza. It was such an amazing experience. Steak, wine, more steak, and more wine. It’s similar to the Sonoma Valley, but also different in a few major ways. It has a big town square, like the Sonoma Square, and its wineries are all spread out around the region – they’re not on one main road, like in Napa. However, unlike Sonoma, you can’t just walk into wineries here. You have to call ahead and make a resversation at each one. The appointments are never just tastings – they’re always full tours. So get ready to see ALOT of barrells. But also get ready for people who are wonderful, friendly and exteremely passionate about their craft: winemaking. It was a little like hevean. And by a little, I mean, this is probably what heavan is like. At least my heavan.
Mendoza is fairly close to the Andes, with fabulous views of the mountains. So in addition to wine lovers, the town also attracts those who like adventure sports. The result is a town that’s well equipped to handle tourists from other coutnries, but one that doesn’t loose its Argentinian charm. It had plenty of hotels and resturaunts, late night hearty steak dinners, and beautiful cafes where you can sip a cup of coffee in the afternoon outside. Here’s a few photos. Enjoy!
Lunch our first day in Mendoza, where we discovered one of our most favorite bottles of wine. Ruca Malen Cabernet. We liked it so much, we went on a tour of Ruca Malen the next day. Even though we were in the region for Malbec, we really enjoyed some of the amazing cabs this region is producing. There were several that were just out of this world.
And, as you’ll see, my sweet husband was ALMOST sporting a full beard by this point.
More after the jump
Our first stop was Viña Cobos. I drank some full bodied cabs and malbecs. Delicious.
Our second stop was Bodega Ruca Malen, where we had a 5-course tasting lunch. It was Thanksgiving, so I felt good knowing that if I wasn’t having turkey, at least I was having something tasty! Ruca Malen is at the base of Andes with an amazing view. We sat outside during our lunch, and stared at this: These were glasses, waiting to be filled! And the steak course. It was incredible.
I didn’t take this picture, but here’s what the building looked like: