Wrapping up Argentina: Zombies & Wine

So, I know what you must be thinking: I haven’t told you anything about our trip to Mendoza, nor the remainder of our time in Buenos Aires! In reality, I’ve been waiting for Abe to finish his video montage so I could share that with a post. Now it’s finally ready, so check out our adventures with Porteños and our visit to the wine region below (or see the high res version by clicking here):

 

As you can see in the video, I wasn’t lying in my last post about Buenos Aires. Most of our time really did consist of feasting on meat, wine, and Havanna coffee. We also took a tango lesson, cheered on River Plate in a soccer game, and yes, acted like zombies in the Recoleta cemetery. What else do grown-ups do in such an impressive but creepy place with over 4600 vaults? Did you know that a girl there was buried alive (this creeped me out, so read about it at your own peril)? But the most famous mausoleum there is of course that of Eva Perón, which meant we had to watch the musical Evita, which is why I was singing Don’t Cry for Me Argentina in front of the Casa Rosada. Now the video makes sense, right?

After BA we spend 4 days in Mendoza, where we hired a tour guide to drive us to 3 wineries a day. We visited some beautiful bodegas, including Catena Zapata, Andeluna and Salentein, and drank lots of incredible wine.

Bodega Catena Zapata

{At Catena Zapata}

Wine at Salentein

{Wine pairings with lunch at Andeluna}

It was interesting to learn about the wine production in the region. Wine used to be heavily consumed in Argentina with an average of 90 liters per person in the 70’s (that’s a bottle every 3 days- this is my kind of place!), but now consumption has halved with the introduction of other drinks and changes in the economy. The wine was traditionally produced for quantity rather than quality, with lots of cheap ‘vino de mesa’, and in fact it is still incredibly affordable. However, in the last 20 years or so though, there’s been an attempt to compete with wines globally (they’re kind of obsessed with rivaling French wine), which has resulted in the production of higher quality wines and more foreigners buying vineyards in the region.

We enjoyed many of the wines we tried, but our favorite was actually from a very small bodega called La Azul, which has limited international distribution and is owned by Argentinians. We bought some bottles to sneak onto our Patagonia cruise, though we definitely needed a few days break after Mendoza before cracking another bottle open!

 

4 thoughts on “Wrapping up Argentina: Zombies & Wine

  1. I loved seeing and reading you, what else to say….

    I noticed in the beautiful video, that it seems that did not like the food in Argentina,
    even though, the meat looked very tasty & and the tapas delicious,
    do not worry, it happens from time to time.

    With love & kisses & hugs

  2. In case you guys have any spare time at all, consider learning the choreography of Michael Jackson’s thriller for your next cementary visit

  3. Absolutely my favorite video yet! (Although the penguins come in pretty close). I must return to Argentina and try all that fabulous wine

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