Friday, 1 February 2013

Day 3 in Argentina...

Left San Raphael on 3 hour trip to Mendoza, Andes looking beautiful in the scattered clouds. On arrival at Sottano, a very modern winery, we were greeted to a smart cellar door with glass walls and floor so you could see the winery and the investment in french and US oak barrels. A tasting upstairs followed the tour, and some lovely wines were served. Just as the tapas was served down stairs we saw flashes of lightening and peels of thunder followed by a downpour, this quickly escalated into a hail storm of golf ball proportions. And the noise on the roof of the winery was almost deafening. As it settled we headed off to Casarena crunching through at least a cm of settled hail, seeing trees stripped of leaves and olives. No wonder many invest in hail nets.

Mimi Avery.

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