Today we took the city bus to Maipu, essentially a suburb of Mendoza to do Mr. Hugo bike & wine tour. It was a lot of fun! Josh & I were lucky enough to score a tandem bike. Our first stop was an olive oil producer, Laur. What a great place! We learned a lot about olive oil. Laur only grows olives for olive oil, not for eating olives. They showed us olives on the trees (did you know that black olives come from the same tree as the green ones except they have been allowed to mature longer). They then served us a scrumptious snack of bread, olive tapenade, sundried tomatoes in oil, etc.
Next we went to a family winery, Di Tomaso. Very cool place! A historic site that has preserved old huge brick wine vats and has been making wine for 6 generations. The ladies of the family have been maintaining the tradition and make a limited production for local consumption only.
Our next stop was Trapiche since this is a wine we have purchased in Calgary before. This is a huge place with a commercial section that produces 20 million liters of wine and a higher end section that produces 9 million. Interestingly, the factory was abandoned for a few decades and damaged by an earthquake. In 2006, investors renovated and modernized equipment and made the place a beautiful area. We tasted some lovely wines here after a tour of some of the refurbished historic buildings. We even stood on glass above a cellar of wine barrels!
Our final stop was a local place that made some jams, chocolates, liquor and a few other goodies. After a great tasting basket, we bought a few treats for back home. I am really beginning to like Dulce de Leche (it’s like Nutella for Latin America but caramel in flavor!)
We finally got back to Mr. Hugo bikes at 6 PM. Very happy indeed – what a great day!
Blogged by Josie.