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Enotourism in Mendoza

Written on: Monday April 16th, 2007

A journal entry from: See you next year!

After all the poetic beauty of Malargüe, it is my turn to talk about: wine.


But this time it is justified as it was all part of the educational experience of becoming an enotourist, near the city of Mendoza.

This means that we cycled from bodega to bodega for tours and wine tasting, learned to say things like "nutty aroma", "oaky finish" and vitivinicultura, definitely my favourite Spanish word of the week. We went to the wine museum and learned all about barrels, temperatures and vines.

I also learned that the Mendoza area has a very dry, almost dessert-like climate and it has a huge system of irrigation channels to get water from the Andes to the area. The latter I learned through experience: I didnīt see one while crossing the street and ended up on the bottom of it. I managed to curse the Incaīs for inventing those channels in between fainting. My foot didnīt feel like it should.

The nice doctor (we like going to hospitals here, after all we have SuperWereldDekking insurance!) said I shouldnīt walk for 4 days to a week, he gave me some wonderpills and a bandage. I managed to talk him down to 48 hours.

Roy and other guests looked after me very well and soon I was OK again. I suppose there are worse places to heal from a severely sprained foot than in a garden with swimming pool in Argentina. Besides, the hostal had free wine at night, which gave me all the time to put the newly acquired knowledge into practice...

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"The water system of the present Metropolitan Area of Mendoza, fourth in importance and population of the Argentine Republic, goes back to the pre-Hispanic time. Its birth, consolidation and development made possible a culture of oasis organized on the base of the primitive system of channels, trenches and irrigation ditches inherited of the natives. ."



From Siebie on Apr 29th, 2007

This is really the weakest argument I ever heard for not travelling and just wine drinking. Celebrating Koninginnedag, perhaps?

From inez on May 2nd, 2007

Ha buufjes...of zal ik zeggen boefjes? Jullie komen toch niet terug als kansloze alcoholica-fans?Mooi al jullie bezigheden!