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Mendoza Day 3 – Alta Vista

After spending the morning at Bodega López, Margaret and I made our way to Bodega Alta Vista, a smaller bodega owned and operated by a French winemaker and located in Luján de Cuyo. Since we hadn’t previously heard or read about Alta Vista, we weren’t really sure what to expect. Since the meaning of the name is “high view” we guessed and hoped we’d be traveling closer to the Andes that we could see in the distance to the west. Sure enough, during our long taxi ride between Maipú and Luján de Cuyo, we noticed that we were indeed getting closer to the mountains.

IMG_2381Mountain view from the cab. Looks like we were heading in the right direction, eh?

IMG_9250IMG_9317¡Llegamos! The bodega was gated, and there was a man who asked for our reserva when our taxi pulled up. “¿Reserva? No tenemos una reserva. Nuestra guía en la Bodega López nos recomendó una visita a ésta Bodega. No sabíamos que necesitamos una reserva…” We had no idea that a reservation was necessary. Luckily, they were able to get us in. What luck!

We got out of our cab, and walked to the bodega. The only thing lying between us and the bodega was this excellent place pictured above; Le Parc.

First, we decided to take a $75 (ARG) tour of the bodega. Here are some shots I captured throughout the tour.

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Loved how people painted on these barrels. I would like to do this. Anyone know where I can purchase some wine barrels?

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Stainless steel tanks for fermentation.IMG_9268

Some empty barrels, de-stemming machines, and The One and Only MC Smiley.IMG_9291Locked-up wine in the owner’s personal supply. Gettin’ dusty!
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More of the owner’s personal supply.IMG_9277¡La cava!

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I loved Alta Vista’s logo because of 1) its simplicity 2) the fact that it includes my initials.IMG_9282

Another view of the barrels.

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After our wine tour, we headed to the wine bar para una degustación de vinos. Here are the different types we were able to taste.

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A tasting wasn’t included in our tour, but “Alto” is Alta Vista’s best wine. Our guide told us that 2007 was the best year.

Once our tour finished, Margaret and I asked about lunch. Alta Vista does not have a restaurant, but they do have a lunch picnic in Le Parc. Given our love for picnics and the fact that we had 6 hours until our flight back to Córdoba, the picnic was an obvious yes.

 

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How could you turn this down on a bluebird day? Margaret and I ended up spending the entire afternoon in Le Parc, eating good food and chatting about whatever. To see more pictures from our picnic (highly recommended), check out this post.

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