Wine regions of Argentina & Chile
Buenos Aires - Mendoza - Uco Valley - Santiago - Colchagua Valley - Santiago (9 days / 8 nts)
This adventure takes us from the cosmopolitan pulse of Buenos Aires, to the Andean most magnificent views. Absorb all the wine tradition of Mendoza’s Uco & Central Valleys. We travel west ( flight) to Historic Santiago, and soak into the splendid landscape of Chile’s main wine regions. Lodge at exclusive, countryside retreats. Walk or horseback ride to the vineyards, and dine at state- of- the- art wineries.
Day 1: Arrival in Buenos Aires
We will be waiting for you at Buenos Aires Airport. Transfer to your hotel in the lively Palermo District. A brief orientation meeting will be held at the hotel to meet your guide and review the itinerary before heading for one of the city’s finest Wine bars and get acquainted with the Argentine Malbecs and Torrontes. Lodging: Mine Hotel (Boutique Hotel, Luxury) or similar.
Day 2: Buenos Aires
Morning city tour visiting some of the most traditional neighborhoods of the city, including San Telmo, the Art district with its famous street fair (only on Sundays) and Recoleta, with its sparkling cafes & restaurants and its famed cemetery. The rest of the day is yours to walk this amazing city, its museums and parks, as you get ready for an evening of Music & Dance at one of Buenos Aires’ most authentic Tango venues. Lodging: Mine Hotel ( Boutique Hotel, Luxury) or similar. (Breakfast and Dinner included)
Day 3: Buenos Aires - Central Valleys of Mendoza
Morning transfer to Buenos Aires domestic airport to board flight to Mendoza, center of Argentina’s wine making. Reception at Mendoza’s airport. Visit to centric Mendoza and time for lunch. Afternoon visit to Catena Zapata. The winery, recognized for being the pioneer of quality winemaking in Argentina, is also well known for the outstanding architectural design of its Bodega.
Lodge at Club Tapiz. Located in an estate built in 1890 and surrounded by ten hectares of vineyards, the house was restored preserving its Renaissance- style Villa structure and maintaining vintage elements.
Lodging: Club Tapiz Lodge or similar - Mendoza
Day 4: Mendoza - Central Valleys
This morning we head for Belasco de Baquedano Winery and its Hall of Aromas, the only one of its kind and scale in the Americas. Afterwards we make our way to Ruca Malen Winery for a superb 5 courses lunch pairing food & wine. Afternoon transfer back to the lodge. Optional (not included): evening visit to centric Mendoza, and dinner at “ 1884”, where Chef Francis Mallmann blends the finest culinary traditions of France and South America. Lodging: Club Tapiz Lodge or similar - Mendoza (Breakfast & lunch included)
Day 5: Mendoza - Uco Valley
Morning transfer to Uco Valley where we visit one of the valley’s finest wineries: Clos de los Siete , a joint wine adventure initiated a few years back by the world famous French winemaker Michel Rolland.. We also visit Monteviejo Winery, before heading for a traditional Asado at Posada del Jamon, the hidden local gem specialized in pork meats (lunch a la carte/ not included). Afternoon visit to La Azul, a small boutique winery producer of outstanding Malbecs, before returning to our lodge.
Lodging: Club Tapiz Lodge or similar - Mendoza
Day 6: Mendoza - Santiago de Chile
Morning transfer to Mendoza airport to board a flight over the Andes, to Chile’s capital, the city of Santiago. Arrival to Santiago airport and transfer to downtown. Check in at the hotel in the elegant Providencia neighborhood.
Afternoon transfer to Mercado Central, the historic building where Chilean Chefs go for fresh sea- food. From there, we start a guided walking tour of downtown Santiago`s main historic sites. Transfer back to your hotel. Evening leisure. Lodging: Hotel Le Reve (Boutique Hotel, Luxury) or similar. (Breakfast included)
Day 7: Colchagua Valley
Morning transfer south to the town of Santa Cruz, at the center of Colchagua Valley, one of the Chile’s most prominent wine regions. Noon at the historic town to have lunch and maybe visit the Colchagua Museum. This afternoon we visit to Laura Hartwig , a boutique winery amongst the top elites of the Chilean wine labels. Transfer to our lodge.
Lodging: Viña la Playa Winery & Lodge or similar - Colchagua Valley
(Breakfast Included )
Day 8: Colchagua Valley
This morning you can relax at the lodge or walk through the vineyards, before we visit the elegant Montgras Winery, well known for their treatment of the indigenous Carmenere, the iconic grape of Chile. At the winery’s cellar we put hands-on to blend and create our own unique wine. Picnic lunch ( box lunch) at the winery. This afternoon, we transfer to the Apalta Valley where we’ll taste highly rated, Premium wines at Casa Lapostolle. Transfer back to the lodge. Lodging: Viña la Playa Winery & Lodge or similar - Colchagua Valley
(Breakfast & Lunch Included )
Day 9: Casa Silva Winery and transfer to Santiago Airport
After one-hour transfer we get to Casa Silva Winery . Walk through the oldest vineyards in the Colchagua Valley, and taste the bodegas’ superb Reserves & Whites. Lunch at the winery´s restaurant by the Polo field. (Lunch a la carte, not included). Early afternoon departure to Santiago International Airport, to board flights back home.
(Optional included: transfer to downtown Santiago) (Breakfast Included)