If you’re a wine person, then you have to visit Mendoza, Argentina’s wine capital and one of the top producers of wine in the world. I remember having the chance to visit the South African wine country but decided not to as I wasn’t a wine drinker but Mendoza was between Buenos Aires and Santiago so it was a good way to break down my trip. So I took the 13 hour overnight bus filled with noisy American exchange students who were also going to Mendoza for a 3-day weekend.

I think vineyards look best when the sun’s out and when the grapes are still on their vines, full and ripe, ready to be harvested. This happens in March so no surprise when our tour group arrived at the wineries, all the trees were bare, having being harvested long ago and it being the middle of winter now.

Nevertheless, I learned a little more about wine and we got to taste several kinds. The “malbec” is the most famous kind of wine from Argentina. I still have no idea how to tell the difference between each wine (all the reds taste like reds, all the whites taste like whites). My palate is too inexperienced.

Wine tasting.

Although I only took a short half-day tour and visited 2 wineries, I think I’ve gained a little appreciation of wine and probably will try to learn more about it. But I will never become an expert. I mean, look at this infographic. You could get a PhD in wine!


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