Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wednesday, Dec

By Josefina & Alma Blog


After spending the first four weeks of my year abroad in Buenos Aires, sorting out university stuff and, honestly, just my life in general, I decided to go on my first trip to Mendoza. So I packed up my boyfriend, who arrived from Germany a day before and still battled jetlag (marginally successful), and another friend from Germany, who had indulged the Argentinean lifestyle in Corrientes for two month until then. We left from Buenos Aires on Wednesday evening. (I can confess here and now that I picked my university courses according to my travel schedule and not my interests. But whoever said he was going on a year abroad solely for the study experience is either a liar or a really passionate student. I’m neither.)

The flight from Buenos Aires to Mendoza is about two hours. We decided to fly from the city airport AEP as it’s much closer to the city than Ezeiza. After about two hours of flying over flat land – except for the Andes, Argentina is a rather flat country – the Andes open up in front of us. I can definitely recommend flying in the afternoon or evening as you can...[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 Living with Liddy

It has taken me far too long to get the remaining post of this trip up, but the timing is perfect. Right now, Mendoza is gearing up for their summer season where world-wide tourists flock to drink from the Malbec mecca of the world. While we were there, we were fortunate enough to visit the three main regions of the wine country: the Uco Vally, Lujan de Cuyo and the Maipu Valley. I am completely envious of those people currently planning their trip to Argentina, and the next time I visit, I would like to go during the... (Read More)


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)

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