Visiting La Pampa and Bodega Chacra

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Bodega Chacra in Rio Negro

After returning to Buenos Aires from Uruguay, I made my way to Bariloche for Christmas. On my journey, I made a couple of pitstops in Santa Rosa and General Roca. Many people have questioned why I went to General Roca (because it is definitely not a popular tourist destination) and the answer is easy: wine. A friend of my grandfather has a bodega in the Rio Negro providence and offered for me to come stay at the bodega. Who am I to say no??? I definitely couldn’t turn down an opportunity to try some new wines and visit a beautiful, tranquil bodega after my time in Buenos Aires and various cities over the past few weeks.
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View of the laguna in Santa Rosa
My journey to get to the bodega ended up being a little more stressful than I hoped because all of the buses were sold out leaving Buenos Aires since it was close to Christmas. Because of this, I had to make a detour through Santa Rosa and La Pampa region of Argentina. Santa Rosa is definitely not a town I would seek out to visit in Argentina but it was nice to see a different region of this wonderful country and I was able to find a nice park along Laguna Don Tomas and a great panderia, Santa Fe, which had wonderful pastries.
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View of the Vineyards from the House
From Santa Rosa, I was able to take the bus to General Roca and then I took a cab onto Bodega Chacra. This too turned into an adventure because the bodega is in a very remote area and we accidentally went down the wrong road and the cab proceeded to get stuck in the deep sand. I felt so bad for the cab driver! Luckily, we were able to get help from the people at Bodega Chacra (after I went crawling under barbed wire and through a thicket haha).
Upon me arrival to the bodega, I felt so spoiled. There was homemade bread with rosemary, watermelon gazpacho, and fresh picked lettuce for a salad and of course, wine. I felt like I was in a luxury resort not someone’s home. The bodega was so charming and I really enjoyed having a relaxing and quiet night. It was a very welcomed break from staying in hostels and sleeping on buses.
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Pinot Noir
While I had to be pretty flexible during this part of my journey and everything didn’t go as expected, I had a wonderful time and tried to embrace it as a part of the adventure!

Author: jordansjourneys92

Hi! My name is Jordan Gurkin and I am currently traveling around the U.S. and working for a non-profit called Compassion International. I just finished spending a year backpacking and teaching English in South America. I'm a travel blogger focused on bringing you budget travel advice, travel tips, and some of my recommendations on places to visit!

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