THE WORD OF THE CREATOR

This website is dedicated to Argentina… and to our wines also of course... They join a culture and a lifestyle.

This site is also the reflect of love we feel for this sublime country.

It has been developed in a style blog, playful and informative, to be in line with its time and turned to the social networks to be able to be shared to infinity.

I hope that you will take so much pleasure to look through that I have had to create it…

Have a nice visit

Marie Rolland


OSAKA
Buenos-Aires

OSAKA –  Oriental Peruvian Sushi Bar... A fusion cooking so creative and extremely surprising... a pure gustative happiness, in the alive  and “fashionable” district of Palermo, a lovely area.

Mariflor Pinot noir and Mariflor Sauvignon Blanc (in the winelist of the restaurant) are in marvellously harmony with this cooking.

www.osaka.com.pe


POLO

Polo, like football, tennis, basketball, hockey and rugby, is a sport which is practised in Argentina with great professionalism and at international level.

Argentina has a lot of fertile lands, excellent for raising thoroughbreds, pedigree mares and foals which perform extremely well in competitions.

The game arrived with the English immigrants who settled in Argentina. The great quality of the horses was very important for the expansion of polo in the pampas.

On 30th August 1875, the first official polo match was played in Argentina in the "Estancia Villanueva", in Ranchos, in the province of Buenos Aires. Most of the players were English, as was the owner of the "Estancia".

At the time, the sport was fashionable in England and it was quickly adopted by the Argentineans, who were great horsemen.

An article in a newspaper of the time made the following comment: "Polo is particularly adaptable to a country of centaurs like Argentina, where the land is flat like a chessboard and where the horses are trained for competition in suitable conditions".

In 1895, the first delegation of Argentinean polo players played in London and performed extremely well. Since then, Argentinean polo maintains top rank among international teams, with 9 out of the 10 best riders in the world.


THE DIAMANTE LAGOON

The lake is located at 10600 feet a.s.l, in the Andes at 200 km from the South of Mendoza ; it’s surrounded by numerous volcanic fragments which result from the volcano Maipú, very close. Its snowy peak reflects and shines in the very blue water as a diamond!

The beauty of the landscape is breathtaking, delighting for the eyes, ruffling for hair… rather unexpected after approximately 50 km of track! To protect the ecosystem, the lake is surrounded with a reserve, opened from January until March, because the road becomes then impracticable (rains, snows). We had the great chance to reach it the last day of opening, while the access was forbidden because of torrential rains which had damaged the trail. Starting in two 4x4, we had to let a car, as well as two of our friends, to pile up in only one. This nice opportunity was due to the fact that we were accompanied with an official guard of the reserve. We were all a little tightened in the car, but we fast forgot the lack of comfort so much the landscape was sublime. By arriving at the famous lagoon, alone in the middle of nowhere, our thoughts turned to our fellow countryman pilote of the Aérospatiale, Henri Guillaumet, who had to land urgently on June 13th, 1930 in the middle of this same nowhere and, besides, in austral winter. Moreover he will walk 6 days to reach an inhabited zone... He will write to his friend Saint Exupéry: " What I made, I swear you, never no beast would have made it. " So much bravery!

You can’t talk about The Diamante lagoon, as many things in Argentina, (even if you try) you have to live it!... A place of a rare beauty, an unforgettable memory… Must see.


THE TANGO
More a culture than a dance

Tango was born at the end of the 19th century in Argentina and Uruguay in the working-class areas of Buenos Aires and Montevideo. Massive immigration from Europe, especially from Spain and Italy, brought music, melodies and rhythms which met with a recent Plata River phenomenon :  the milonga.

The milonga began to become widespread in the middle of the 19th century in the suburbs of Buenos Aires; popular singing and dancing, at times melancholy but also stirring, deep and lively. It allowed the men who had come seeking fortune, and who greatly outnumbered the women, to compete with each other. So, it was mostly men who danced among themselves.

The many European influences and the development of the dance as a competition in seduction made it into a pastime with high stakes. The tango is constructed like a progressive codification of passes, rhythms, breaks, and the cultural unification of a population whose diversity was a source of tension.

Each step reveals and unravels at the same time the dramas of poverty, faraway home countries and unrequited desire. At the beginning of the 20th century, many young men,  from good families who liked to go slumming and to find easy targets to seduce, discovered the tango. It was, however, impossible to perform this dance, considered immoral by their own social class, with young women from the same background. So, when they went to Paris on their young bourgeois "initiation" trips, they introduced this dance, born in sleazy bars and gambling dens, to Parisian society, which was cosmopolitan and always on the lookout for new distractions. The tango was very quickly adopted in the French capital. It became cherished and accepted by the bourgeoisie. In the end, it was through this European "filter" to Argentinean and Uruguayan high society that the tango finally became widespread in its native land.

Tango is a culture. Clearly, to sum it up as music and dance would be simplistic.

MUST SEE

Faena (Puerto Madero), an amazing hotel decorated by Philippe Starck, an oasis of design near the old harbour of Buenos Aires, but which does not forget the culture of the country and puts on an outstounding Tango show.


HARRO GALLI

HARO GALLI is a painter, a sculptor, a ceramist, born in Cafayate and nowadays famous in the whole world. His works show typical figures in their everyday life: colored, naives and extremely realists; they’re the essence of the Argentinean lifestyle of the Valley Calchaquie… We love!!


ALDO'S
Buenos-Aires

Aldo Grazziani, famous Argentinean sommelier (Author of the book: "The 100 better wines of Argentina" for the hotel Faena) and major actor of the Argentinean wineworld  (with his radio program " El corte perfecto”) has just opened a restaurant and vinoteca in an hotel pure Art deco period of Buenos Aires. Its market cooking, and its selection of 500 labels of the best wines of Argentina, make this restaurant a new must place in Buenos-Aires.

www.aldosvinoteca.com