We treated ourselves to a weekend trip across the border to Mendoza, Argentina. Mendoza lies in the foothills on the eastern side of the Andes, and is frequently visited by Chileans looking for some great steak!
|The city coat of arms lit up at night|
|Plaza Independencia, a vibrant park which attracts tourists and Mendocinos alike|
|All the fountains in the plaza had blue water - very patriotic!|
Mendoza is most famous for its olive oil production and its wine making. It is the largest wine-producing area in South America and is home to 1,400 wineries! We went on a fantastic tour of the region, stopping at two vineyards (Vistandes and Viña del Cerno), an olive oil farm (PasRai) and a home-industries shop (A la Antigua).
|Wine tasting for two! |
At each vineyard we received a private tour in English.
|Oak barrels at Vistandes wine estate|
|Flavoured olive oils drizzled on sundried tomato and olive pestos|
|Sampling some delicious homemade olive pastes at A la Antigua|
It's always nice to travel to new places, but Mendoza did not make our list of 'best places visited'. While the wine tour was excellent, we found the city itself to be lacking in the charm and appeal which we had heard so much about.
Pity it wasn't as pleasant as you'd hoped, though it does look like there was lots of good food and wine to be had! Also, I do like the neon coat of arms.
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