At an average elevation of 1200 metres these vineyards are among the highest in the world, providing intense sunlight during the day and dramatically cooler nights. The vineyards are fed with water from the snows of the Andes.
But first, lunch on the patio, with several wines of course.
Our tour guide was a young American from Nevada who arrived in Argentina eight years ago and never left. This winery's cellar has a capacity for 5000 barrels kept at a constant 12 degrees and 80 per cent humidity. This cellar, like O. Fournier's, has a profound spiritual quality and the Southern Cross image returns.
Visit their website at www.bodegasalentein.com
And then... we are on the road again, heading back to our posada in Maipu, where we will say goodbye to our driver, Walter Nievas.
Walter is operator of MDZ Transfer. Friendly, helpful and a great driver, Walter can arrange various tours and excursions for any trip to the Mendoza region; a wonderful person to contact for all your logistics needs and thoroughly professional. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org