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Wine Tour, Mendoza: 16 reviews and 31 photos
Early on the morning of our first full day in Mendoza, our pre-booked tour (just the two of us and our guide) involved a short drive outside Mendoza to visit one of the many wineries in this part of Argentina. Bodega y Cavas de Weinert (Weinert Winery) was first built in 1890 but was then abandoned in 1940. However, in 1975 it was purchased and revitalized by Bernardo Weinert, who was born in a German colony in southern Brazil. He was able to introduce new grape varieties and techniques to produce very high quality wines, especially Malbec.
The type of soil in this region, combined with it's altitude and micro-climate in the 'rain shadow' of the Andes makes this one of the world's great wine-growing areas. The early Spanish settlers were not long in recognizing the possibilities and they introduced the first grape vines to take advantage of the situation. Today, the main varieties of wines produced here are Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Chenin and Rieslins for 'whites' and Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Bonarda and Pinot for 'reds'. In 2003, Argentina, the world's 5th largest wine-maker, produced 1,400 million litres, which has translated to US$225 million in export earnings. The main customers are UK (28%), USA (22%), Canada (9%) and Brazil (8%).
We were taken through and beneath the building in the photo, which houses the Weinert offices and grape processing equipment.
Directions: Only a few miles south of Mendoza on Route Nacional 40 then turn off to the right.
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