Trip Start Apr 05, 2008
15Trip End Aug 07, 2008
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The following day we went on a wine trip to three different wineries and a liquor place that mixed alcohol with chocolate and nuts and different things, they also made chocolates and chutneys, it was really cool and everything was done by hand by 10 people. The first winery was a standard one and we were shown the whole process of how they make wine nowadays we were shown the packing process where we seen the most boring job in the world. A woman had to sit staring at bottles all day (between 7 and 9 thousand every hour) to make sure the labels and caps were on correctly. After the tour we got to taste of some very nice red and white wines. The next winery was a historic one and we were shown all the machines dating back to the 17th century up to present day that were used to make wine. We tasted wine here aswel but it wasn't as nice as the first place. The third winery was an organic one, 1 of the 10 organic wineries out of the 1700 wineries in Argentina. Here we were shown the vine yards and the olive trees they have. We were shown the process of how the wine is made, which was very similar to the previous two, before we were brough to the tasting area. The wine here was very good, so good that we bought a really nice bottle of red wine for 6 euro.
We had planned to go to an aquarium on Friday but when we couldn't find it we went to the park for a few hours
We checked out of the hostel on Saturday to get our bus to Santiago. The bus trip was grand but it took ages to get across the border to Chile. We all had to get off the bus and get our passports stamped by both the Argentian and Chilean border control. Our backpacks were then x-rayed and checked by sniffer dogs for fruit and veg. Mairead had just thrown an apple away but the dog could still smell it so her bag got searched. All our rucksacks were then x-rayed and the bus was searched. After about 2hours we finally got across the border. We had amazing views going up and over the Andes.