Before leaving Cafayate, we stopped at Bodega El Porvenir to pick up a bottle of Cabernet-Franc/Malbec blend, our favorite from yesterday’s wine tours. We also had a bottle of Nanni Malbec and half a bottle of the Quara Tannat left over from last night. We’re sad to leave so we’re bringing a taste of Cafayate with us on the road.
A few miles outside of town we passed Tolombon vineyard. The setting was beautiful, with an elegant mansion from the 1800s surrounded by seemingly never-ending rows of vines. We stopped to see if they were open for tastings (degustación), mainly because I wanted to sit on their sprawling porch and stare out at the mountains.
The doors were open so I didn’t think anything of it to just walk right in. I met Gustavo in the courtyard, where I learned this is his private residence and Tolombon is not open to the public. Their grapes and wines are mostly sold to other wineries.
If I did this in the States, at this point in the story is where I might be staring down the business end of a shotgun. But in Argentina, this is where Gustavo invites Scott and I into his home for a tour of the grounds and we learn about the renovation project to restore the house to its original grandeur. The tour concluded in the wine cellar where Gustavo gave us THREE bottles of Tolombon wine (Malbec, Torrontés and a Viognier).
Muchas gracias Gustavo por ser tan acogedor, y para el tour de su hermosa casa y por los regalos de vino! Esperamos que usted y su familia tengan una Feliz Navidad!
We are now traveling with half a case of wine! We are carrying more wine than water. How do we fit six bottles of wine in our already full panniers?! These are the “problems” we have in Argentina.