On the slopes of the Andes Blog
Mendoza is wine country. Popular on the tourist trail, kids come here to taste the wines, cycling around the vineyards. The cost of wine tasting, as well as cooking classes, varies from the rock bottom to super fancy.
On the up, I finally had my first mate (mah-tey). Walking from the bus station to my hostel, a young woman was selling mate with tarts, from a cart. Mate is a tea-like concoction that's tremendously popular around Uruguay and the neighbouring procinces. People walk around with their cup of mate the whole day, a thermos under their arms.
The obligatory wine tour on a bike is a bit of a tourist trap. You're not cycling through the vineyards, but back and forth an important artery, with shops and a few winery showrooms on either side. The wine is good and very reasonably priced, but that's about it.