Trip Start Sep 06, 2010
48Trip End Ongoing
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The winery tour started at 10am and we had a guide and a minibus to ourselves. We started with Campos de Solana which according to the blurb 'is a relatively new company but was formed by two families with a long history winemaking. They have burst onto the scene and now have the largest market share of sales in domestic Bolivia. They use the latest in production techniques and also use grapes grown in the highest vineyards in the world which allows them to produce extremely tasty and aromatic wines.’ We had a short tour and then went to the tasting room where I had to choose which wine we were going to sample. I know nothing about wine but went for a Malbec which was very nice although we were a little horrified when they poured us both a full glass which we were expected to drink pretty swiftly, not usually a problem but it was 10.30am!
The second place we went to was Casa Real where again we had a half bottle to drink between the two of us. The third and we thought final place we went to was Casa Vieja which is the best patero (foot-stamped) wine. Its atmospheric Bodega Casa Vieja is in the village of Concepción, about 30km from Tarija. The guy who showed us around was really sweet but he poured us a huge glass of red and then another of white
The following morning we were confirming our flight with the airline when we spotted the UN guy. He was booking a flight to Santa Cruz for the day after. He said he had been looking for us the previous night in the square but didn't see us (oops!) we ended up going for a coffee with him and he was an interesting guy who had worked in lots of different places around the world. We said our goodbyes and set off for the sirport for our flight to Santa Cruz.