Wine, meat and a sweet backdrop of The Andes
23.08.2012 - 28.08.2012 14 °C
Mendoza is the heart of the mighty Argentinian wine industry. Hundreds of wineries are all set in the desert conditions of Mendoza with the most spectacular backdrop from the nearby snow-capped Andes range.
Basically we have drunk a heap of wine...some of the best you will ever taste. We were staying with a French couple who run a winery out in the valley of Mendoza. Stefan took us out on a winery tour of some of the best in the region. I started swirling my glass like a pro, and pretending i could smell stuff in each wine.
One place even tapped straight into the barrel for us....fresh
The next day we hired a car and headed up into the Andes. One of the most spectacular drives you could ever do. I spent the whole time shitting myself avoiding trucks and dickhead Argentinian drivers, but once we got there it was worth it. Dont even think the pictures can do the scene justice.
Saw the naturally formed Inca Bridge
and got right up and close to some 6000m+ mountains
Our hosts cooked us up a traditional Argentinian Asado....(BBQ meat). Didnt realise that they cater 1kg of meat per person. Seeing Fi wasnt on the meat that night, that left Rog and i with a fair bit of work to do...Probably shouldnt have had a steak sanga for lunch.
Didnt want to waste too much stomach room with salad.
Rog washed it all down with a traditional tea...Matte.
Anyway after eating pretty much a quarter of a cow i woke up the next day somewhat dehydrated and bloated...pretty sure these symptoms are natural. But we had some more sights to see in and around town.
Rog getting down and dirty all for the art of photography
He was later spotted in this Crimestoppers ad.
And those 4 great days in Mendoza bring us to the end of our Argentinian adventure. A 6 hour bus ride through the Andes would see us wind up in Santiago Chile...the dreaded last stop on this amazing adventure.
Next blog.....the highly anticipated stats sheet...yes you guessed it, as if i could go away on a trip without a detailed statistical analysis. All will be revealed in the final blog, as well as my equally interesting opinion pieces which will reveal my rankings of every place we have visited! get excited!!