Day seven

Mendoza Travel Blog

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We started our day at 8:30 when we were picked up by our Ampora Wine tour guide, "Maria."  We both enjoyed having her as our guide and felt lucky to have her.  There were eight of us in the tour and everyone was very friendly.  Two sets of couples were retired and from Canada, a lady from Aspen, Co who managed a wine distributor store and a French backpacker guy.  Our tour was throught the Uco Valley.  Our first stop was the "Bodega Salentein."  We got to walk through the vineywards, see how the grapes were being processed, actually taste a Malbec grape and see where the wine was stored in the barrels.  The buildings were gorgeous and had won awards for their design.  After our tour, we got to sit out on a private patio and taste four types of wine.  We had Finca El Portillo Sauvigonon Blanc 2008 (Josh's favorite), Finca El Portillo Malbec Rosado 2008, Salentein Reserve Pinot Noir 2006 (my favorite) and Salentein Numina 2005. 

We then journied on to Bodega Lurton, which is owned by a French family.  The landscaping was beautiful.  Here we were given a tour of the wine making facility.  All of these placed had a fermented wine smell, which I thought actually smelled good!  Our host at this winery had us sample the wine in various stages.  We sampled from the large metal storage tank, and then straight from a couple of the barrels that were at various stages of storage.  Very cool!  We then got to sample several types of wine in a large wood room with a beautiful view of the Andes.  We had Lurton-Mendoza, Chardonnay 2008 (our favorite) Cabernet Sauvionon 2007 and Cabernet Sauvionon 2005 and Pinot Grig 2008 (another favorite).  At this point, I was starting to feel very "good."  Josh had been smart and had simply "tasted" the samples and had used the spit cups that were provided at both places.  I actually drank everything they placed in front of me.  We hadn't had a very large breakfast, and we still had not had lunch at this point.  Combine that with the high altitude, and I had pretty much had enough! 

We then travelled on to the final winery "Bodega O'Fournier," which is known as the spaceship due to its design.  We got to tour the storage area for the winery, and then it was time for lunch.  The wineries restaurant was called, "Urban de O Fournier."  It was a gourmet styled lunch with several courses.  The food was fabulous.  The four wines that I actually just tasted this time were B Crux, Alfa Crux, Malbec 2007 and Tempranillo 2006. 

When we returned to Meondoza, it was time to go to the massages that were part of our hotel package.  This was a very odd part of our trip.  The massages were in an apartment building a couple of blocks from our hotel.  There were no signs or anything to identify that there was a spa in one of the apartments.  The hotel had told us the apartment number so we found the room and knocked on the door.  The lady who answered the door told us to go up the stairs where there was a beautiful deck with a great view of the City.  Finally, two ladies came and took us for our massages, which were only 30 minutes and basically consisted of a back and foot massage.  We had thought they were supposed to be an hour long, but the whole situation was so odd that we were glad when we were done and back outside.  After the massages we had dinner at La Marchiginana, which was a nice Italian restaurant.  We then called it a night.

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