• Dates: Jul 23 - 23 2017
  • Trip Length: 8 Days & 7 Nights
  • Activities: wine and cultural activites
  • Guides: Luis & Jenny

Other Info: Minimum of 10 participants. Once this trip reaches 14 paid participants, everyone will receive a 10% discount. (NOTE: As of November, group has reached 14 participants, so discount applies.)

“A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world.” 
– Louis Pasteur

Imagine a world where wine is a celebrated cultural icon, the mystical gaucho still exists, and dinner is an anticipated event characterized by a later dining hour and the biggest social scene of the day. This world exists in the colorful countries of Chile and Argentina, and both are captivating destinations for wine lovers, with an astounding range of landscapes, grape varietals and microclimates. In Chile we visit the Maipo, Apalta, Colchagua, Casablanca, and Aconcagua wine valleys. And, in Argentina we visit the giant wine-producing areas near Mendoza: Lujan de Cuyo, Maipu and the up-and-coming Uco Valley.
This private Cork Pullers Taste Vacation is a first-rate celebration of wine!  It begins in Santiago, Chile, winds through vineyards in the major wine valleys of Chile (including a night on the sea in the legendary city of Valparaíso), crosses the dramatic Andes, and finishes in Mendoza, Argentina, after sipping our way through the wine valleys surrounding this hip, friendly city.
Learn from winemakers why Carmenere is particularly suited to Chile and why Malbec grows so well in Argentina. Savor seafood from Chile’s coastline and asado from Argentina’s famed beef herds. Mix your own wine and have private tastings in some very special places.  Relax a bit, learn something new, and say “hola” to the Chilean and Argentine way of life.

About the Cork Pullers

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The Cork Pullers are a group of travelers who enjoy adventure and wine and have already traveled together to Italy, France, Spain, Napa, and Sonoma. NOTE: For those who wish to continue their travels, a four-day add-on leg will be offered to Machu Picchu, Peru!  Once we have determined how many people are interested in this, we will be able to estimate the cost and finalize the itinerary.


Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: We meet you this morning in the upscale neighborhood of Providencia in downtown Santiago. This is an ideal base for exploring, and hopefully you arrived in Chile at least a day early to visit the markets and other interesting locations the city has to offer.  (We also hope you had dinner reservations last night at one of our favorite restaurants – Astrid y Gaston – which also happens to have an excellent wine list.)  We start our day with…SEE FULL ITINERARY


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  • INTERESTED IN JOINING US?  Call us at 888.758.8687 or email us to check availability, or to ask any questions you may have regarding this trip or any other travel ideas you may be considering.
  • TO BOOK YOUR ADVENTURE:  You can book online or by calling us at 888.758.8687.  Zephyr Adventures requires a 500 deposit (payable by check or credit card) at the time of booking.  The remaining balance is payable by check or credit card no later than 60 days prior to the start of the trip.

  • WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?  We will send you a confirmation email after we receive your booking, as well as a link to detailed printer-friendly pre-departure documents: arrival and departure information, suggestions for making travel arrangements, a packing list, an invoice, information about your trip location and guides.  It will also include a link to an information form and liability waiver.  We will also provide you with a link to information about travel insurance.  We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance because it protects you if you have an unexpected change in travel plans.  Please do not purchase airfare until you have received your pre-departure documents.

“I was surprised by how beautiful these countries are and how friendly the people were. Having the snow capped Andes for the backdrop for so many of places we visited was almost surreal.”
– Monica F.

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS


  • Explore five wine areas in Chile (Maipo, Apalta, Colchagua, Casablanca, and Aconcagua) and three in Argentina (Maipú, Uco Valley and Luján de Cuyo) 
  • Cover geologically diverse terrain from the sea to vineyards to the peaks of the Andes 
  • Meet the wonderful people and experience the relaxed pace of two sophisticated South American countries 
  • Stay in lovely hotels, eat outstanding food, and sample plenty of vino!

  • ACCOMMODATIONS


    Nights 1 & 2 >> Hotel Santa Cruz / Santa Cruz, Chile

    The owners of the hotel have established Santa Cruz as the main wine town of Chile, sort of an up-and-coming Sonoma.

    Night 3 >> Sutherland House / Valparaiso, Chile

    This small, elegant boutique hotel offers views of the city and the bay of Valparaíso from every room. Its location in the Cerro Alegre offers a variety of easily accessible cultural attractions.

    Night 4 >> Inca Hotel / Los Andes, Chile

    Our final night in Chile we spend at a brand-new but simple hotel in Los Andes, a fun market town in the Aconcagua Valley on the way to Argentina.

    Nights 5 - 7 >> Park Hyatt / Mendoza, Argentina

    A luxury hotel located right on the main square of the central wine town of Mendoza.


    TRAVEL DETAILS


    We meet you in Santiago, Chile (SCL) on the first morning of the trip. You can choose to arrive early that morning or you can arrive the day (or even two) before and explore Santiago before meeting us at Hotel Torremayor. On the last day, we will end in Mendoza, Argentina. You should make your return flights out of Mendoza (MDZ). The Mendoza airport has direct flights to Santiago, Buenos Aires, and several smaller Argentinean cities. Upon booking, we will send you more information on your travel logistics.

    WHAT'S INCLUDED?


  • Our South American Zephyr guide accompanies each trip, with another added as necessary.
  • Double occupancy lodging is included. If you are traveling solo, we will match you with another traveler of the same gender. However, you may pay a single supplement to have your own room.
  • All of your dinners (except one, when we provide a late lunch) and breakfasts are included. Gratuity for these meals is also included. In general, we leave lunches open so that you have time to explore and enjoy the local flavors en route.
  • All your transportation is included once you meet your guide(s) on the first day.
  • All group activities and wine tastings are included.
  • NOT INCLUDED Beverages, desserts, lunches, gratuities to your guides, personal expenses and travel to and from the destination.