[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Mendoza is the wine region of Argentina. Only that fact is enough reason to visit this part of Argentina, at least, that’s my opinion. A second good reason to visit this region are the amazing landscapes. Wowwww the Andes is SO BEAUTIFUL!
Dutch style winetour
Yes, this means by bike! After we arrived in the city of Mendozo we thought of visiting the wineries by bike. Completely organized by ourselves, therefore lowering the cost as much as possible (yes Dutch as we are). I may have a lot of spare time, unfortunately my money tree isn’t growing the way I wanted it to grow. There is also the option to drive by several wineries with your own private driver. Maybe next time I will be visiting.
The vineyards we wanted to visit were located in the little town of Maipu, just twenty minutes away by bus from Mendoza (line 171-172-173). Unfortunately we took the wrong bus which made the ride last for almost an hour.
As soon as we arrived we saw a sign stating Mr. Hugo Bike Rental (90 ARS per bike, right across the bus stop). Maipu is basically one large main street, with a lot of smaller side streets and if you tell the bus driver that you want to stop at Mr. Hugo’s he knows exactly where to go. I say Mr. Hugo to make things easy, but there a more bike rental oppurtunities.
We first decided to make a stop at the Vinoteca to start the day with a wine tasting for only 4 dollars. The owner invited us to come back by the end of the day and we did. I will tell you more about this later.
Packed with a homemade wine from the owner of the Vinoteca in we continued our bike ride to Familia Di Tomaso Bodega. Halfway we wondered why, because this winery was far away, and there were other options nearby. I remembered that the name sounded so sophisticated and so Italian to me, and moreover this winery was recommended to us.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”5857,5855,5853″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]After the tour and after enjoying some wines we returned with a new bottle of wine to the Vinoteca. There are many more wineries that you can visit along the way. Most of them offer a tour (± 100 ARS), where a small wine tasting is included. From my own experience I would recommended Tomaso.
Arriving at the Vinoteca there were already a few bottles of wine presented on a wooden wine barrel, which we were allowed to taste! As it was the end of the day I can’t tell you whether they were really good or slightly bad, at least they brought a lot of fun and laughter. We soon got into touch with a friendly Dutch / New Zealand couple and a few hours later we were barbecuing all together in the backyard of the owner of Vinoteca. That’s life in Argentina!
Good to know
If you are in Mendoza this bike wine tour in Maipu is recommended by me. But be prepared for not seeing vineyards here with a postcard view over the Andes Mountains. If you want to see this then you should book one of the luxury tours, or just rent a car (but don’t drink and drive) and take a road trip along the wine road named ‘La Ruta del Vino!’.