Wine Country Mendoza
We did a guided bike tour with Martin’s Bike through Mendozas wine region Luján on Monday. durch das Weingebiet von Mendoza. On the tour we visited the vineyards of Alta Vista, Carmelo Patti and Nieto Senetiner. We did a tour of the vinery and had a small tasting on every vineyard. The ones produced by Carmelo Patti impressed us the most that day. He is an older local gentleman who produces his wines with a minimal team and low cost storrage and production area. He is also one of the only producers who holds on to his wines and doesn't sell them until he thinks they are ready to drink. Unfortunately Carmello does not deliver to Switzerland. At Nieto Senetiner we had a lovely lunch which was accompanied by some of their wines. The tour ended with a coffee in the garden of the vineyard and Fernando (our tour guide) drove us back to our apartment in Mendoza where we spent another night with our lovely friends the cockroaches...
Today (Tuesday) we got picked-up by Trout & Wine for our tour into Uco Valley. On the program were also three vineries and the first on the list was Pulenta. A beautiful, middle sized and family owned business where their top wines made it onto our best list. Our favorites: Cabernet Franc 2014 and Gran Corte 2014 (Blend: 25% Cabernet, 23% Merlot, 37% Malbec, 5% Tannat and 10% Petit Verdot). Pulenta exports 70% of their wines and is a partner of Porsche. Their wines are available in Switzerland but the top label is supposedly hard to get since they produce a limited edition of bottle each year.
The next vineyard is La Sopenia which produces one million bottles a year. Because it's harvest time in Mendoza, we are able to taste the fresh grapes (yumm yumm) and after that a selected range out of their various labels. For us their Malbec and blend of Malbec and Cabernet Franc stood out.
We had lunch on the last vineyard Ande Luna and were blown away by a 6 course gourmet menu which was accompanied by six wines. Together with the view of the wine stocks and the extension of the Andes, Marco and I felt enchanted and a little bit in heaven.
Happy and well fed we were driven back to our apartment where we enjoyed our last evening in Mendoza before heading to Santiago tomorrow.