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Nurturing an abiding love for Latin America, I've traded big city lights for sunshine and grapes in Mendoza, Argentina. A perennial traveler and writer, I'm inspired by locals, culture and creativity. This is my patchwork.
by Nora Walsh
Posada Salentein is Bodega Saletein's intimate 16-room estancia on Finca La Pampa. With iconic Valle de Uco views overlooking the winery's vineyards at the foothills of the majestic Andes, guests enjoy exclusive access to winery tours, private tastings, and restaurant and wine bar reservations.
Dine fireside at the cozy restaurant on gourmet cuisine that’s prepared in a distinctively Argentine style: empanadas and bread loaves baked in a terracotta oven, meals smoked on wood, juicy cuts of beef grilled on a hot coal barbecue, and succulent ribs fired on a vertical spit.
After dinner, mingle with other guests over a glass of wine on comfortable couches at the Wine Bar where art is the main attraction. The bar also hosts Wine Flights, special tasting events where you can sample Salentein’s wines by the glass or bottle.
During the day relax poolside or horseback ride through the vineyards. Don’t miss a guided tour through the stunning winery.
Address: Ruta 89 S/N, Km 14, Los Árboles, Tunuyán, Mendoza; firstname.lastname@example.org; +54 0262 242 9090
Mendoza, one of the ten great wine capitals of the world, has evolved into a world-class tourism destination. A desert oasis resting in the Argentinean foothills of the Andes mountain range, Mendoza has earned the moniker “the land of sunshine and good wine.”
The region is bursting with over a thousand picturesque wineries growing Mendoza’s famous malbec grape. You’ll also find internationally acclaimed chefs pairing top-quality wines with unmatched gastronomic experiences.
For adventure-seekers eager to explore the Andes, the province is replete with adrenaline-pumping outdoor pursuits including hiking America’s highest peak—Aconcagua.
World Cup paired in a sentence with Argentina still stings my heart since I haven’t yet fully recovered from Albiceleste’s soul-crushing loss in Rio de Janeiro.
But Argentina is living another World Cup at the moment, and it is something for which the Argentines can certainly claim “best in the world”—the tango.
Culminating on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, tango fans can enjoy free shows at various locations throughout the city, open-air milongas (tango clubs), complimentary classes and concerts. You can search events by day or venue here.
Faena Hotel Buenos Aires also offers tango classes year round with Rojo Tango’s professional dancers. The hour-long instruction blends the history of tango with dance lessons to develop a comprehensive appreciation for the art of the tango.
Images courtesy of Bodegas de Argentina and Faena Hotel