I’ve never really understood wine. I never really had the palate for it, probably because I never got to taste many varieties, but on this trip to Mendoza, Argentina’s (and arguably all of South America’s) premier wine producing region I’ve gotten that chance.
I’m on day 5 of 6 and I’ve been to 4 wineries and tasted what feels like several dozen wines, from Argentinian Malbecs and Torrontes to Syrahs and Cabernet Sauvignons.
A number of the people I’ve met here have this immense passion for wine, and far from being the snooty connoisseurs I imagined, they have a more down-to-earth approach. Rather than knowing the fine points first and then drinking they advocate appreciating now – your knowledge will develop as you do so.
One of the things that has always drawn me to travel is its ability to open doors and change minds and in this, at the very least, it has done again for me in Mendoza.
And the natural beauty of the area doesn’t hurt either.