After the olive grove, we went to two wineries: Cavas de Don Arturo and Vistandes. We were fortunate that there were tours in English at all places we visited throughout the weekend. Several mini buses of tourists would pull up and a huge group would go off for the Spanish tour, while Jose, Claudina, John and I and two other people would take the much more private, VIP English tour. Since our group was so small we got to see areas of the wineries that others weren't able to visit. Wine tastings at both wineries on Saturday left us a bit weary, and we went back to our hotel and slept right through dinner. I felt better the next morning when Jose and Claudina said they slept through and missed dinner too. They are much younger than we are!
The condor, with the red head and white ruff around his neck, just like in the cartoons!
Lunch was a typical Argentinian lunch. We went into this big hall with long tables and were served at a buffet by an elderly woman who thought that we were all starving as she gave us enormous portions of beef milanese covered in cheese, rice, mashed potatoes, squash, lentils with beef, accompanied by three different salads plus a big basket of bread and, of course, red wine. I think the idea was to make us all so full that we would sleep most of the way back to Mendoza. And it worked!
We did stop just a few miles from our lunch stop to see a natural bridge that the locals call the "Inca Bridge" which leads to hot springs. There used to be hotel and small village there, but it was wiped out in an avalanche a few years after it open in the 1920s. Up until recently, you could pay to cross the bridge on foot and use the hot springs, but another avalanche made that unsafe. So now you have to admire the buildings from across the river........
|So much wine....|