The finca is about 40 minutes from the centre of Mendoza, situated in open country. On arrival we had a light breakfast of juice, coffee and pastries. After a quick tour of the facilities we mounted up for the ride. The horses were in excellent condition and perfectly behaved.
The ride took us through a large vineyard where the first stop was to talk to some guys harvesting the grapes. We were given a bunch of malbec grapes each to try - delicious. And the horse were given a bunch each as well! All of us, horses included, continued on with purple lips. Part of the ride was in between the vines which was a novel way of seeing them. At the first winery we were given a informative tour of the production area followed by a tasting session. The wines were top quality and served in generous tasting measures.
The ride to the second winery was slightly shorter but still with the wonderful backdrop of the Andes in the distance. As we turned one corner a coach came the other way - with lots of the people in it taking photos of us! We didn't envy them in the slightest. At the second winery we were given another tour and learnt more facts about the area and wine making process. This was followed by an excellent lunch where each course was paired with a different wine.
At the end of the meal we were given the choice of having the taxi take us home or ride back to the finca. We chose to ride back, if you like horses why wouldn't you?!
Our guide Mailen spoke very good English but was happy to explain everything in Spanish. She had an extensive knowledge of the area, the vineyards and the wines. The horses are suitable for riders of any experience. We walked and trotted most of the way as my partner was a little nervous; but Mailen and I managed to sneak in a fast canter on the way home.
A wonderful experience which I would be more than happy to do again. If you are thinking of doing this - do it! And I would strongly suggest doing the "full day" package visiting two wineries with lunch at the second.
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