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Wine Tasting in Mendoza

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Hola from South America! I am here for the next few weeks exploring different parts of Argentina and Chile (and possibly Uruguay). Mendoza was the first real stop on my grand South American adventure- home of Malbec! We all know I love red wine so a bike tour of this famous wine producing region was right up my alley.

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We rode for a total of 20 kilometers and went to 3 different wineries. After the 3rd one we did not ride bikes and got a ride because it was in everyone’s best interest. There would have been some swerving bikes on the road for sure.

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Our first stop was Nieto Senetiner, a gorgeous little spot where the guide talked to us about smells and tastes of the wines. We had 1 sparkling, 1 Malbec (of course), and one Bonarda. The Malbec was far and away my favorite.

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After riding another 3 kilometers we arrived at Albavista my favorite winery of the day. The grounds were gorgeous with the Andes in the background.

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We toured the facilities before tasting all the wine including whites, reds, sparkling, ice wine, and even olive oil. The Malbec was again my favorite and one I will be on the hunt for in the United States.

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The olive oil tasting was fun too. I would have purchased a bottle of this had I not been 2 days into a 4 week trip. My backpack is heavy enough as it is and I’m afraid it would end up breaking with all my flights and bus rides.

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We carefully rode our bikes on feeling happy. The bus would take over after this Smile Alta Vista was the third winery visited and the group opted for a different experience here. We ordered boxed lunches, sat on the grass, and tasted wine picnic-style.

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The wine here was great again- I had 3 reds- two Malbecs (of course) and a Cabernet Franc. After all that wine, there were a few siestas on the grass while the rest of us discussed life, hiking, and traveling.

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Then the birds took to the trees for a siesta themselves and starting pooping on people. Pandemonium ensued among us tipsy travelers and we called it a day. Nothing like a little bird poop to end the fun. I did not get hit, thankfully! It was a hilarious end to the fun day.

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