I was very fortunate to visit the Viñalba vineyards in Mendoza, Argentina. It was the most spectacular three days of my Majestic Career! Here are a few photos from my trip.
After 24 hours of travelling we were treated to a three course meal at Francis Mallmann 1884.
The Argentinean equivalent of a Cornish pasty – Empanada Mendocina.
The rib eye challenge!
Good morning Mendoza – The impressive view from my room on the 9th floor of the luxury Diplomatic hotel.
The Manager’s blend – We were given the task of blending together five wines that were to be judged by the Viñalba wine makers. The winning blend will be sold by Majestic as an online exclusive, with our buyer Andy having the final say.
Unfortunately, my team, Team G (the girls) did not make the final cut!
The highlight of my trip: horse riding in the Andes. I look like so calm trotting with my colleagues, but this is after breaking a nail and cutting my finger from trying to mount the horse. I then dismounted further up the mountain with a nose bleed – professional! Diane and Herve mentioned me at the harvest lunch, I’d won a horse in the raffle…
Followed by lunch…a vast selection of BBQ beef, pork and lamb ribs with the reddest and sweetest tomatoes Argentina has to offer.
The Viñalba Vineyards – the only producer to plant at such an altitude with the vineyards of Catena close by.
After a drive through Viñalba’s vast vineyards we arrived at a small cabin where we were welcomed by the smell of BBQ meats and chilled glasses of torrontes.
The Viñalba team.
Exclusive – sampling Viñalba rose 2013 straight from the tank.
The founders of Viñalba, Hervé and Diane Joyaux Fabre, celebrating another successful year at their annual harvest lunch. This was the final stop of my whirl wind three day trip to Mendoza and I even managed to fit in a spot of tango dancing! Thank you for an unforgettable 3 days of excellent food, outstanding wine and fantastic company.