Mendoza – wine capital of Argentina

22 03 2010

We had half a day at Mendoza to get the permit for the Aconcagua Trekking and to check out the local winefarms. So we went to our preferred sort of vine: bubbly and got an appointment at Chandon – yes, the second half of the famous french “Moet et ….”, being the mother of this entreprise in Argentina which produces a very nice Brut and an even nicer Rosé.

Maria gave us a very nice and complete tour with the tasting at the end proving what we already had known – it is champagne even when it is not allowed to be named like that. All the other ingredients are there, high class grapes, a technial outstanding production line and the long years of ripening and bottle fermentation including the remuage  (german – das Rütteln) of the bottles by hand.

The other wine farm called Alta Vista produces the usual range of Malbec, CabSauv and some drinkable whites and had a nice old production part with tanks made from thick concrete – an old method to keep temperatures stable.

Sorry that we can’t post any of the taste experiences we had. And, nope, the argentinean Chandon is not exported to Europe.

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