Eat, drink, and be merry – Maipu

The three of us decided to discover Mendoza, Argentina’s wine country on our own.  The Mendoza province is one of Argentina’s most important wine regions.   The day before we stopped by the tourist office in Mendoza (the city) and ask for information regarding the wine region.   I somehow was able to use my Spanish and found out the bus routes, wineries, cost, etc.

We took the local bus from the Mendoza city center (Group 10 buses) which cost approximately 1.8 pesos ($.50 USD). The bus would arrive in Maipu, one of the most concentrated wine regions in Mendoza.  Thirty minutes passed and a man arrived on the bus with a flyer for Mr. Hugo’s bike rental.  We decided to take our chances and follow the friendly fellow.

We rented the bikes for about 25 pesos ($6-7 USD) from Mr. Hugo and explored the wine region.

Drinking the Grapes

A highly recommended winery was Trapiche, Argentina’s largest exported brand.  We biked along the sandy roads and approached Trapiche winery.  We took a tour (25 pesos) of the lovely grounds and even had a wine tasting afterwards. My favorite part of the tour was the olive groves, with the lush greenery and symmetrical patterns, it made for the perfect picture.

Trapiche Winery in Argentina

One of the most popular wines is the Malbec, a red wine with hints of flowers and peaches.  Although everyone seemed to like it, I usually like white wines more, so I may not have enjoyed this red wine as much.

Eating the Chocolate

After our wine tour, we made out way to Historias and Sabores.  There we tried various liquors, salsas, and chocolates for about 10 pesos.  The chocolate tasting was quite nice with small samples of white, milk, dark, and nutty.

Historias & Sabores

I found the lady quite entertaining.  Imagine the Soup Nazi from the show Seinfeld.  Then put long hair and a curvy body, and presto…you have our tour guide.  She was very strict (although I am sure she was trying to be nice), but I could not help thinking of the character from Seinfeld.

Learning the History

Our finale to the day was the the history museum of wine.  It was quite impressive as we went through grounds and all the mechanics of wine making.  I remember the tour guide telling us how some of the wines were placed in cow hides, which made the wines taste terrible.  Well, fortunately, they switched to barrels thereafter.

It was overall a great day in exploring the wine region on bikes. I would highly recommend it!

Next stop:  Punta Arenas, Chile and Ushuaia, Argentina

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About Jan

In 2004 and 2010, I set aside time to travel the world in 3 parts. In 2004, I traveled to Thailand, Europe, and Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. In 2010, I traveled to 3 continents: Asia, South America, and Africa. I am not sure if I have a fascination with the number 3, but I seem to be constantly traveling by numbers.
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9 Responses to Eat, drink, and be merry – Maipu

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    I really enjoy wine. I remember the first time I tried some when I was just 11 years old. My mom let me taste a bit of her red on Thankgiving. Right then and there I became a wine drinker. lol I would guess that I have tried quite a few hundred different wines over the years. It’s kind of fun trying a new one and learning about how and where it was grown. I’ve been thinking about trying a wine club lately and I’ve been thinking about this 4 Seasons club. I read a review about it there. Have you had any experience with it, or would you recommend any other wine tasting club?

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