Chile & Argentina
Chile is the 11th largest producer of wine worldwide, bottling about one-fourth what the US produces. Best known for its red varietals, its signature red is Cabernet Sauvignon from the Maipo Valley that rivals the world’s best. South of Maipo, the warm Alpalta zone in Colchagua offers Chile’s greatest successes – Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Carmenere, a transplant from Bordeaux and a favorite of our Chairman.
The awesome grandeur of Patagonia’s mountains and fjords will sweep you away. Chileans are re-energizing their bohemian art and musical roots and dance such as in the “cueca” and a club scene where poetry calls out past tragedies(Pinochet) and future opportunities. If you love Lapis Lazuli, Chile’s artisans have made it one of the world’s two major sources. For dining, Chile has every fish and seafood imaginable but don’t forget the empanadas (turnovers) which come with all types of fillings. And, please try Chile’s national, signature drink Pisco.
The capital of Argentinean winemaking – about 80% of the country’s production comes from this province in the eastern slopes of the Andes, a unique location that allows winemakers to use the microclimates from varying elevations to produce different character in their grapes. It’s famous for producing some of the best Malbec in the world. Other European varietals include Cabernet, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and the white Torrontes originally from Spain’s Rioja, which produces a fragrant, crisp white considered Argentina’s best.
You’ll find avante-garde galleries and magnificent architecture in an elegant, cosmopolitan city exuding “old world” charm unrivaled in the Western Hemisphere; tangos hotter than Dancing with the Stars says they should be; beef that rivals Kobe; and, a club scene with “Cumbia” and “Zizek” that makes New York look staid and doesn’t end until the first light of dawn. And, finally, an exchange rate that gives you more value for every dollar than almost anywhere.
In Chile, your visits would be selected from Cremaschi Furlott, Quebrada de Macul, MontesViña Luis Felipe Edwards, Viña Porta, Carmen, MontGras, San Pedro, Santa Rita, Neyen Santa Laura, Lapostolle, Las Ninas, Altaïr, Santa Mónica, Miguel Torres, Altacima, Casas del Toqui, La Fortuna, Echeverria, Almaviva, Anakena, Veramonte and Bisquert.
In Chile, Santa Cruz Plaza, located in the wine-center of the Colchagua Valley, is a nicely designed property with appealing amenities and a fine restaurant. Casa Real is a semi-private hotel secluded in the park of the historic Santa Rita winery and is a classic Chilean experience of the highest caliber. The Orly and Hotel Montebianco are boutique hotels in the upscale Las Condes area of Santiago close to “everything” of interest.
In Mendoza, we prefer Laras de Chacra, a delightful boutique hotel close to the city of Mendoza.
In Buenos Aires, we offer Alvear Palace Hotel which stands in the heart of the Recoleta, a refined quarter of the city with parks, wide avenues and an elegant architecture of classic style or the incomparable Four Seasons Hotel, South America’s only “World’s Best Hotel” recognized by Institutional Investor and rated in the Top 100 International Hotels, Resorts and Spas by Zagat in 2006. It too is located in the La Recoleta District, the cultural epicenter of Argentina. Your range of choices also include the boutique property Kempinsky in the heart of Recoleta as well as Ombú de Areco, a family-owned country house which is part of an authentic working estancia, or cattle ranch, about an hour north of Buenos Aires.
Chile is one of the most dynamic and exciting viti-cultural countries, and produces wines that can compete with anywhere in the world. Parts of the country are now well known to tourists, but if you want to be on the cutting edge of New World wine you need to take this tour, with your host Peter Smith, The Wine World Tours Executive Director of Ground Operations who’s been visiting and writing about South America since the beginning of Chile’s wine revolution in the 1990’s.
Peter’s contacts and experience throws a whole new light on your travels as you explore regions that many wine professionals are only just beginning to hear about, and meet winery owners, oenologists, and growers who are pioneering the latest discoveries and developments. As well as visiting now famous regions such as Colchagua, Apalta, Maipo and Casablanca, you’ll be privy to visits and tastings with top winemakers who are working with local farmers to re-discover ancient vines and create fabulous new wines—examples: Maule’s peasant farmers and 100 year-old Carignan vines.
Your luxury experience incorporates accommodation in exclusive winery hotels, gourmet food, comfortable transportation and of course tasting and learning about a fabulous assortment of top wines. This trip is at the perfect time of year, late spring (winter in US!) – long evenings but not too hot, when winemakers have time to talk.
5 Star Deluxe Chile & Argentina: Maipo Valley & Santiago – Buenos Aires & Mendoza 9 Nights, 10 Days
- 9 nights hotel in shared double/twin room including taxes
- 10 days private bi-lingual drive-guide with wine expertise and insider commentary**
- 10 days use of private vehicle including fuel
- 9 breakfasts
- 8 lunches, including fine wines
- 4 gourmet dinners as follows: one at Casa Real or a Santiago restaurant (according to
hotel choice), one at Mendoza restaurant and 2 gourmet dinners including fine wines
in Buenos Aires
- 12 Winery Visits – tasting fees are not included in tour price, as they change frequently.
- Tango Lesson (Buenos Aires) or…
- Cooking School Experience (Santiago)
- Tango show (with one of your dinners in Buenos Aires)
- Meals and wine not stated as included.
- Personal items: tips, taxes, laundry /dry cleaning, and liquor not stated as included
Price Per Person (pp): $10,642.00 double occupancy.Can be as low as $8,369.00 pp with 6 people (3 couples) traveling together.
The Fine Print
Prices are per person double occupancy and subject to change due to currency fluctuations until offer purchased. These prices are with a local chauffeur- wine guide.