Edgardo (Edy) del Popolo and Davi Bonomi took Paz Levinson and I out to see their Monasterio vineyard, high in Gualtallary, in the Uco Valley. Here, at 1500 metres on the ridge of a hill there are some amazing soils, with a very high proportion of active limestone. It’s this combination of extreme altitude plus special soils that make this potentially such a superb site. [Edy and David both have day jobs, but have collaborated to make the remarkable Per Se wines.]

The land is owned by a monastery, and when Edy first saw it he knew that he had to plant a vineyard here. In Gualtallary there are some areas with quite a bit of... (Read More)

By living with liddy

On our first day touring Mendoza’s wine regions we traveled the farthest distance on our itinerary from our hotel to the Uco Valley. The beauty of this region is breathtaking with the wineries situated along the foothills of the Andes mountains. This area is one of the highest wine growing regions in the world and is known for Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Semillon and Torrontes production. In addition to all the red varieties being produced here, it is also becoming a premium source for white wines such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and even Torrontes – a grape that grows uniquely in Argentina.

Another trend that is emerging in this area are the smaller... (Read More)

By Alex & Madie


It’s time for goodbyes with Tonya. Madie and I embark on a long journey of bus rides through the Andes, where we hop between Argentina and Chile for a few weeks. Our first 10-hour ride takes us from Buenos Aires to Córdoba, only a layover for us. We heard good things about Córdoba but are too eager to get to the Andes. The city does introduce us to two Argentinian phenomena: the Sunday ghost town effect, with only us in the streets, and the Monday banking madness, with incredibly busy roads, packed sidewalks, and long lines at the ATMs, which will all be empty only a couple hours later. Argentina still has 20% inflation; holding cash in your bank account is not a good idea.


We’re on another night bus, this time in business-class airplane seats, to the city of Mendoza, the home of Malbec. Our budget is limited, so we opt for the place with free wine from 6 to 9 pm, and join the cheap tour with a guide named Miguel, a friend of the hostel. We’re immediately categorized as the SF wine snobs, especially the... (Read More)

By Two Monkeys Travel Group

If your partner is a wine – lover, then the best place to go to on a honeymoon trip would be Mendoza, Argentina. After all, it is one of the nine Great Wine Capitals. But before it gained popularity among tourists, Mendoza suffered from an earthquake that killed at least 5,000 people. Because of that bad incident, the city was rebuilt and was designed to tolerate and withstand upcoming quakes. Now, you would notice that the city has larger roads and sidewalks compared to other Argentinian cities.

Aside from great wines and hard – to – resist Asado, Mendoza is known to be a perfect place to... (Read More)

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