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Argentina Part 2

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The reason we made our way South to Mendoza was simple. The wine! A much larger town than we expected, with trees everywhere. The leaves just turning to autumnal colours. Beautiful. Never mind all the parks. The city was founded in 1561 but in 1861, it had an earthquake and all the city was lost in seconds. The people had nowhere to go and 5000 died. The city was rebuilt in a slightly different location but this time, many parks were built so that if it happened again, people would have somewhere to go. 3 of the main squares were named after Chile, Spain and Italy who donated alot after the Earthquake. My favourite by far was Plaza Espana / Spanish Park. The ceramic tiles just fab.

Well after doing a city tour, we had plenty of time to hit the countryside to explore the vineyards. In the Maipu valley we were lucky to savour wines from Antigua Bodega Giol, Boudron and La Rural San Filipe.

In Lujan de Cuyo we just had to visit Chandon, which was the first subsidery of Moet & Chandon to be set up outside France. What a state of the Art factory. A pleasure. The sparkling wine was of course too! Very complicated and time consuming to make too! I had no idea! After Chandon we visited the famous Norton and Lagarde. The tours are top class here. You can arrive on spec and you get a full tour of the plants as well as an opportunity to taste 3 or 4 wines. What a perfect way to spend a few days.... We were in our element!!

Locations Visited: Mendoza

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