The cheap wine tour was just that...cheap. I was picked up with 17 other people including 3 children and a pregnant lady. I didn´t quite understand that, but it works, I suppose.
We went to the first bodega (winery) and it was a boutique winery. We went on a tour and then tried 2 wines--a malbec and cabernet--that was it. I talked them into letting me try the shiraz, but it was a tough sell. They sell their wines for 18 pesos a bottle, but export them to Kentucky and Kentucky sells them for $60 a bottle. It is the same, exact wine but completely a different price in the States. AFterwards, we went to an olive oil factory and tried some olive oil. I admit it was decent and cheap. Next, we went to a big production winery, did another tour and tried 2 wines again--a chardonnay and a malbec. Again, I felt ripped off and was disappointed. Plus there were so many people and I lost interest at the first winery. I just couldn´t focus on what they were saying in spanish or english. They had a few guides to speak english to us and they rushed through their spiel and then said, that was okay? Of course, it was fine but really, must we go through the wine tour process twice?
We ended at a chocolate factory and it was okay. I decided to either do a wine/bike tour or just drink wine in Argentina. I do not think that I can sit through another wine tour since I have been to quite a few on this trip. It was interesting to hear what they had to say in spanish, though.
Tomorrow, I change hostels and hopefully will go on a wine tour with a company through the preferred hostel. They do groups of 6 which include 3 wineries and lunch. I hope that we try more than 4 small samples of wine...it just isn´t worth it otherwise.
Jayhawks play later tonight and I am excited. I think I might be able to watch it. I would love to be able to see my boys play!