Monday, January 22, 2018

Back for a Day in Buenos Aires

In the late afternoon of December 5, we finished our Mendoza winery explorations and flew back to Buenos Aires. The next morning we were met by a representative of Wilderness Travel for a city tour prior to our flight to Patagonia. We first went to the area near the government buildings, where there had been demonstrations for the past several days (and there would be more, and bigger, in days to come.) We viewed the interior of the cathedral (some of it being restored), and then drove to the colorful, working-class La Boca district. Photos from these areas will be divided over today's and tomorrow's posts.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Mendoza Wineries

On our second day's tour of Mendoza district wineries, we visited three in Luján de Cuyo, a small town on the outskirts of the city of Mendoza, the capital of the province of Mendoza. (Confused yet?)

Achaval-Ferrer, with a great view of the Andes:

Bodegas y Cavas Weinert, going old rather than hypermodern. It features some elaborate old European oak casks, with methods and storage cellars to match. Our guide Juan Cruz is posing with the barrels against the painted wall.

Bodega Lagarde, where we had lunch. Olive trees grow among the grape vines. The last photo is of the ovens and barbecue.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Bodega DiamAndes

About an hour's drive from O.Fournier, we came to Bodega DiamAndes. As TripAdvisor says, "Stunning architecture, ultra-modern winemaking process, and excellence ... produce premium wines at the foothills of the Andes." The photos do a fair job of capturing the impressiveness of this place, its setting and design.

Friday, January 19, 2018

O.Fournier Winery

A little before lunch-time we arrived at the first of our Uco Valley wineries: O.Fournier. The weather was dramatic, the architecture was futuristic, the wine-making, -storage, and -tasting areas were simultaneously whimsical and hypermodern. Our six-course lunch (with matching wines) was one of the best meals we have EVER eaten. And the sky upon our leaving was even more impressive.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Uco Valley in Mendoza, Argentina

After resting overnight from our flight from Buenos Aires to Mendoza, we set off the next morning with our guide to two wineries in the Uco Valley. From the internet, one learns "The Uco Valley is a key wine-growing region of Mendoza, Argentina. Located in a clearly defined valley an hour's drive south from the city of Mendoza, the region is home to the production of some of Mendoza's most famous wines. Argentina's icon grape variety of Malbec shines in the Uco Valley, producing terroir-driven red wines with a distinctive floral aroma." 

As we entered the valley, however, there were some interesting things to see before we got to the wine: A strange hill-top Christ attended by agave plants and an old horse, and rows of sycamore trees with beautiful complex bark flanking a walk leading to a memorial for José de San Martin, the leader of the fight to liberate Argentina and the southern part of South America from Spain, (Simon Bolivar handled the north.)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Chacres de Coria, Mendoza, Argentina

My wife having discharged her professional obligations, and with a few days remaining before we undertook our Patagonia adventure, we flew to Mendoza, the wine-producing region famous for Malbec. We were met by Juan Cruz, our guide for the Mendoza tour, who took us directly to our lovely little hotel, Lares de Chacres, in the small town of Chacres de Curia. We spent the late afternoon wandering around the town, giving me the opportunity to photograph some colorful scenes.