03.21.2013 - 03.26.2013 80 °F
After a full day of travel followed by several days of rest to zap the second cold of my trip (travelling isn't all glamorous), ventured out to a wine and olive oil tasting today.
Water to the vineyards comes from the winter snow melt in the Andes, which is stored in reservoirs, and then elaborately channeled to more than 1000 vineyards via irrigation channels. The irrigation channels also makes the city itself an oasis in the desert. The two largest wine varieties produced are malbec and cabernet sauvignon.
As you can see from the pictures, the Andes looked almost translucent today.
Wine Tour --
Olive Oil Tour --
This mill is over 200 years old and still in use to grind the olives
The hostel has been a nice spot to recoup. Tonight I enjoyed a lovely meal with a couple living in Uruguay. We also enjoyed a bottle of wine I picked up on the tour - it was a bottle meant to share.