Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza1Near Mendoza, Argentina.  A friend I met in Salta invited me to visit his family’s property (over a thousand acres) in the Andes foothills near Mendoza when I arrived, and I’m glad I took him up on it.  The country side was beautiful, and looked like a great place to film a western.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We stopped in this little town in the mountains, along the main road and had a beer.  The beer was dark and tasted great.  I wish I could remember the name of the town because the patrons of the cafe were very friendly and made us feel right at home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A traffic jam outside Mendoza, Argentina.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homero

I stopped into this little place in downtown Mendoza to grab a quick bite and ordered the Homero off the menu.  I was a frankfurter with all kinds of good toppings.  I thought  the Homero might be a traditional Argentine snack and asked a couple local people about it later, but no one heard of it….

 

 

 

 

 

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…..so the next day I was in the neighborhood again and thought I’d get another one.  This time I noticed the name of the place.  So I guess it wasn’t so traditional.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mendoza, Argentina.  Some historical wine making equipment at Bodego La Rural winery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A rawhide bag used to hold grapes in the past.  Bodego La Rural winery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trapiche Winery, Mendoza

 

Trapiche winery is among the many great wineries in the Mendoza wine region and is one of the larger ones.  Mendoza is known for it’s Malbec wine as well as it’s tempranillos.

 

 

 

 

Beer garden

 

 

 

 

While bicycling through the bogotas in the Mendoza wine region, I found this little beer garden that I heard about.  They had several beers on tap and all made right there.  The beer was some of the freshest I’ve ever had, as well as rich and smooth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Outside of the beer garden.  It kind of looked like a small, makeshift place, which added to it’s charm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beer and pork rinds.  A nice break from wine tasting.  Actually, I wasn’t able to do much wine tasting as riding around and checking out the grounds of the wineries themselves seemed to take up much of the time.

 

 

 

Mendoza wine country

 

 

 

 

 

A few cycling buddies I met along my ride from Maipu to wine country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bicycling Mendoza wine country

Taking a “short” cut.  I highly recommend touring the Mendoza wine country by bicycle.  The roads are not that crowded and most have good shoulders to ride on.  You can rent a bike from several places in the town of Maipu nearby, and ride about 1 or 2 kilometers to the beginning of the wineries.  There is also a bus that goes from Mendoza to Maipu pretty frequently.

 

 

 

 

Mendoza cuyo

 

 

In the Mendoza wine region.  A local giving us some directions.  Note the irrigation channel behind him, often referred to as a ‘cuyo’, from a system developed by the Incas.  The water flows down from the Andes mountains.  This provides for a unique wine producing opportunity in the Mendoza region.  This glacier water source combined with vineyards’ high desert, semi-arid location (the highest in the  world) make for some real special grapes. In addition, mold and frost are rarely a concern, as can be the case in most of the world’s other wine regions.