M is for Mendoza and Malbec
Mendoza Travel Blog› entry 28 of 134 › view all entries
The tasting tour continues and took Maggie and I to Mendoza. After a wonderful cama overnight bus complete with non scary movies and bus bingo we arrived in Mendoza. Having been flattened by an earthquake in the past it was redesigned with big wide avenues, trees on all streets and big plazas. It´s a pretty city but for me lacked the charm of Salta. We checked into a hostel worthy of being called "the worst hostel to date", cramped, dirty and smelly and for no extra cost workmen outside our window that started work at 7am each morning. I don´t think they´re that dedicated anywhere else in the world! It was however in a very good location on Villanueve where all the happening bars, restaurants and boutiques are.
Our second day we decided to do what we do best and take bikes and go wine tasting. This was no Cafayate though. We cycled 20km (yep i really did say 20km!) from the centre of Mendoza to the wine area called Lujan. Luckily the drivers here are calmer and the streets wider than in London as we had no helmets and a poor excuse of a map. After an hour and a half of cycling i was happy to get to our first Bodega and get a glass of vino in me! I earnt it 20km´s over!!! We managed to visit 4 Bodegas as the distance was so great. The wines were beautiful and some of the places were really pretty but it wasn´t as romantic or rustic as Cafayate and the experience felt more commercial somehow. That night we decided that cycling back wasn´t as appealing as taking the bus so we caught the bus back to town and headed for a New York style Loft Bar called Decimo.
I also checked out one of the nicest restaurants in Mendoza - Azafran. The sommelier takes you into their wine shop where you select your bottle for the night and then you dine in a luxurious setting all for under 80 pesos (12 GBP!). Mendoza was fun but i´m ready for something new .... Santiago here we come!