在 Mendoza 和紅酒一起過生日

Mendoza 是阿根廷很重要的產酒區,最有名的莫過於 Malbec 紅酒,這裡從過去的大量產到現在開始追求小量精緻,所以不管是大型酒莊或是家庭式小酒莊都有,很適合喜歡紅酒或是想放鬆的人。一路上背包客變少了,多的是拖著大行李和帶著小孩的家庭,有趣的是幾乎所有的住宿都配有游泳池喔! 身為苦命背包客的我們怎麼難得會來到這種度假勝地,當然是有特殊日子 — 慶祝我的生日啦!!

不得不說 Mendoza 真是個燒錢的地方,從下飛機開始到前往各個酒莊和餐廳,計程車或當地稱為 Remise 的車子幾乎是唯一選擇! 我們這次總共參觀三個小酒莊,來跟大家分享吧!

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伊瓜蘇瀑布 -> 西北高原 -> 門多薩

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法國人開的酒莊,它有不同價位的試酒選擇,我們每個系列各試了一種,最喜歡 Octans 因為有很香濃的橡木味,買了一瓶回家!

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阿根廷西北高原的桃花源 Cafayate

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若有機會再訪阿根廷,我選的第一站就是重遊 Cafayate!

離開此生難忘的伊瓜蘇瀑布,我們第二站來到阿根廷的西北高原。西北高原主要有兩個省,Salta 和最北邊與玻利維亞為鄰的 Jujuy。不同於亞洲,南美洲的大城市多半可看性低,也比較危險,所以膽小又怕臭水黨的我們在 Salta 市區只去看了最漂亮的教堂和吃了一家好吃餐廳 El Solar del convento 的豬肉大餐就前往附近旅遊了。(其實Salta算是南美洲很安全的城市 XD)

充滿藝術家的小鎮

Cafayate 這可愛的小鎮最有名的就是它的白酒 Torrontes 和 Quebrada de Cafayate 的奇岩風光。但真正讓我愛上這裡的原因是七彩的牆壁和招牌塗鴉,不管是馬路邊隨意的牆壁,或是商店的外觀,處處都是用心獨特的作品,連招牌或公告的字體都有不同的變化,讓整個小鎮活了起來,展現出自己的個性,同時訴說著關於這裡的故事。

晚上回到家,我們的民宿老闆也拿著油漆在隔壁房間塗漆,看來這可是每個人都要會的工作啊!

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Margaret River – Lovely Wine Tour

從伯斯開車到瑪格麗特河大約是三個半小時的車程, 我們在伯斯市中心的 Hertz 租了一輛車, 動作超慢的Hertz一如往常的浪費了我們將近一小時的時間才完成租車手續. 這次我們有租借GPS, 所以我不用像上次一樣眼睛緊盯著手機看路. 因為我們是晚上開車, 路上又一直出現小心袋鼠的標誌, 當時真的超怕會有袋鼠衝出來. 根據當地人的提醒, 如果不幸看到袋鼠在路中央, 請務必握緊方向盤就直線撞下去!!!!! 千萬不要轉換車道, 之後可以的話再把袋鼠屍體拖離路中央… 果然我第二天就在路邊看到一隻超大的袋鼠屍體..

任何來到瑪格麗特河的旅客都是為了品酒和買酒, 所以來到這邊許多人會選擇參加一日團. 我們選擇了在Trip Advisor 評價很好的Margaret River Tours 一日團, 從早上10點到下午5點. 雖然價錢不便宜, 但是我們覺得很值得, 除了導遊Andrew非常幽默盡責, 他認真介紹酒莊和分享葡萄酒知識都讓我們學到很多, 可惜許多專有名詞聽不懂.. ;p

Margaret River Tours

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Last time we were in Hunter Valley, this time we visited Margaret river to experience different winery! The drive from Perth to Margaret river is around 3.5 hours.. and in the evening, it was dark and boring.. we were so scared to bump into kangaroos but luckily none of them were on the road 🙂 Locals told us that if this happens, you must drive straight over it otherwise it will be dangerous to you and other drivers.. but we still couldn’t imagine what we will react if it ever happens…

We joined a famous local day tour called “Margaret River Tours” because we don’t want to get drunk and drive. There were 8 of us, just the right number for a good trip, and we were lucky to have Andrew with us. He is really passionate, nice, fun and professional.

今天我們這團有8個人, 兩對澳洲人和一對英國人. 其中一對澳洲夫妻說他們每年都來這裡補貨, 所以在每個酒莊他們都會買酒. 而我們則是因為新加坡的酒精管制沒辦法大買特買!!

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從上面的照片就可以看出Stella Bella是一間小酒莊, 我們特別喜歡它的酒標和小巧可愛的店. 這個地區有名的白酒是Chardonnay, 紅酒則是Cabernet Sauvignon. 我們試了三白三紅, 但因為這是第一站, 還無從比較, 所以沒有買酒, 但是到了最後才發現這家的白酒我們最喜歡, 所以第二天還特地開車回來這家買了一瓶2012 Chardonnay 白酒.

Our first winery is a small one called Stella Bella. We extremely like its brand logo. The famous grapes in this region are Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. We tried 3 white and 3 red, and since it was the first stop, we decided not to buy any bottle yet. Eventually we found that Stella Bella is our favorite so we actually came back the next day to pick up a Chardonnay.

Tasting List:
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2014 STELLA BELLA SAUVIGNON BLANC
2014 STELLA BELLA SEMILLON SAUVIGNON BLANC
2012 STELLA BELLA CHARDONNAY
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2012 STELLA BELLA SANGIOVESE CABERNET
2010 STELLA BELLA SHIRAZ
2013 STELLA BELLA CABERNET MERLOT

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Hunter Valley – the heaven of wine

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Hunter valley is famous for its wine. Especially the Semillon and Shiraz. We spent one morning in the wine school. It was so much fun to learn about wine tasting and we tried so many kinds of white and red wine. We even got a certificate after the class.

Wine school website: http://www.hunterresort.com.au/wine/wineschool.htm

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The wine school also provides room to stay, but we stayed in another guest house called “Splinter’s Guesthouse”. There are only 3 rooms and the room is really lovely and Bobby, the owner provided us delicious cheese and dessert wine! It was really amazing and relaxing just to sit outside while enjoying the wine during the evening. The place is very calm and I felt so close to the nature! The breakfast prepared by Bob was so delicious!!

Splinter’s Guesthouse website: http://www.splinters.com.au

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