“A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world.” – Louis PasteurImagine 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. The Chilean and Argentinian cultures seem to have an effortless balance to them. We try to mimic this balance by providing a mix of activities and wine exploration. Our adventure begins in Santiago, Chile, winds through vineyards in the major wine valleys of Chile (including a night on the sea near the legendary city of Valparaíso), crosses the dramatic Andes, and finishes in Mendoza, Argentina, after sipping our way through the wine valleys surrounding this friendly city. We visit several different wine areas in both countries and have private tastings in some very special places. We also have a variety of activities planned, making sure you get as much – or as little – exercise as you want each day. Our vineyard hikes offer a variety of difficulty levels and we are often accompanied by a local winemaker before, during or after. We also bike in both countries, mostly flat on a valley floor where the grapes are grown. In Chile’s Aconcagua Valley, we have the opportunity one afternoon to either horseback ride or hike. We also hike at the base of Mt. Aconcagua, the highest point in the Americas. And in Argentina, you can choose to hike, raft on the Mendoza River, or take a thrilling zip line circuit in the foothills of the Andes. 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. And say “hola” to the Chilean and Argentine way of life.
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 a private tour and tasting at Underraga in the Maipo Valley, the closest wine valley to Santiago. Undurraga produces a variety of wines, including some sparkling wines we love. From there, we head south to the Colchagua Valley, stopping along the way at a fun…SEE FULL ITINERARY
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