A little about each country.
Chile become the major wine producer for South America starting in the late 1600’s after a major earthquake destroyed Peru’s growing industry. The location of Chile’s major wine region and capital are typical of a cool climate. The valleys along the coast collect cool air as it travels up the Andes. Chile produces peppery and earthy Cabernet Sauvignon in a style very similar to Bordeaux. The country champions a red variety called Carmenere, which has flavors similar to Cabernet Franc.
Argentina South America’s largest wine growing country is famous for Malbec, but they do much more than just that! Cabernet Sauvignon grows very well in the high-and-dry climate of Mendoza along with their champion white wine, Torrontes. Argentina’s newer regions include Patagonia, which creates exceptional Pinot Noir. For now the primary export market is Malbec, but their Cabernets easily compete with Napa.
Uruguay is famous for Tannat. A rigorous variety, Tannat has tannin, moderate-to-high alcohol and grit. While the wines are well-loved in South America, especially for barbeque, not many are exported to the US.
Brazil has a rapidly growing wine industry. It seems strange that wine would grow well along with coffee and chocolate, but it can and does. Most of the fine wine comes from the southern part of Brazil, in Serra Gaúcha. They specialize in Chardonnay and Merlot. The wines are herbaceous and more similar to Italian wines than New World-styled wines.
Day One Santiago de Chile
Reception at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
Day Two Maipo & Cachapoal Valley
After breakfast we’ll head to the south of Santiago until we reach the valley of Maipo river, birthplace of the most important vineyard in Chile, “Concha y Toro”. It’s an ideal zone for the production of Cabernet Sauvignon which is the most traditional variety of the country. We’ll continue our journey south to visit the Cachapoal valley, and in particular, the highest area called “Alto Cachapoal”. This is a beautiful area on the doorstep of the Andes, and is a favourite for french investors and wine lovers. Over the years, various renowned wine making families from the French regions of Bordeaux, Alsace and Loire, have partnered with local Chilean wineries and founded new bodegas, producing top quality wines with a French characteristic. Afterwards, we’ll have lunch at the “Entre Rios” restaurant and then visit the bodega “Altair” where we’ll discover how the vines are worked, entirely by hand and take in the bodega’s philosophy. We’ll then return to Santiago to spend the night.
Day Three Colchagua Valley
After breakfast, we’ll take route 5, in the direction of Colchagua Valley. We’ll travel 180 km, crossing fields, prairies and agricultural plantations before reaching our destination, Bodega “Casa Silva”. There we’ll learn about the history of the Silva family and their passion for wine. We’ll get to know the vines, the hotel and the restaurant where we’ll enjoy a degustation of their most notable wines. Afterwards, we’ll continue exploring the region and visit Bodega “Viu Manent”, where we’ll go through the vineyard on a carriage ride. Later, we will have a final wine tasting followed by lunch at the Bodega. We’ll finally return to Santiago to spend our last night in Chile and enjoy its lively capital.
Day Four Travel to Mendoza (Argentina)
After breakfast we will make our way to the international airport to take our flight over the Andes, to the city of Mendoza-Argentina. There will be a meet and greet at Mendoza’s airport and you will be transferred to your hotel. During the afternoon, we will visit the beautiful city of Mendoza, amongst the prettiest of the country! We will start with the old town where everything started, and then walk around the avenues, the new city centre, the government district and finally the splendid “General San Martin” park and its famous “Cerro de la Gloria”, the World Cup football stadium, as well as its amphitheatre “Frank Romero Day”. This amphitheatre is the stage for the main act during the national harvest festival. Back to the hotel. Free time in Mendoza to enjoy one of the best in Argentina to eat out!
Day Five Mendoza
After breakfast, we’ll get prepared for a full day wine experience tour. We’ll head to Mendoza’s wine sector oasis where we’ll visit three prestigious vineyards and enjoy the best wine tasting in the country. Our guide will explain everything there is to know about wines in the region, from the winemaking process, to the supply system of the vine, through to the secrets and tasting techniques. After the two first visits we’ll have lunch at a renowned winery where we’ll enjoy an unforgettable dining experience. Return to the hotel.
Day Six Mendoza
After breakfast we’ll head towards the wine paradise area of the Uco Valley, where the wineries produce high-end wines and where the landscapes brings a unique value to the circuit. At lunchtime we’ll share a delicious meal of fine cuisine in a well-known bodega. Later on we’ll go back to our hotel.
Day Seven Travel to Montevideo (Uruguay)
After breakfast and check out, you will be transferred to the airport for an international flight to Montevideo, via Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the Uruguayan capital. Overnight Montevideo
Day Eight Montevideo
After breakfast we will leave for the wine growing area par excellence of the country and visit the Bodega “Marichal” where we’ll enjoy a great wine tasting. Afterwards, we’ll have the opportunity to discover one of the most famous wineries in the country, the Bodega “Juanico” . We will be having lunch there, enjoying delicious cuisine and a fine degustation of their wines. Back to Montevideo and rest of the day free.
Day Nine Montevideo
Breakfast and then free day to enjoy some exclusive activities that we recommend. Air balloon flight over the vineyards, exclusive cooking class of our specialty, the wood fire barbecue, a class to learn how to make your own champagne in one of the oldest wineries, or a spa day and horseback riding in the surroundings of Montevideo. Or simply a bike ride around town.
Day Ten Travel to Serra Gaucha
After breakfast we’ll go to Carrasco airport to take our international flight to Puerto Alegre. Once in Brazil, we will be met at the airport and transferred to the city of Bento Goncalves, the capital of grapes and wine in Brazil.
Overnight Bento Goncalves
Day Eleven Bodegas and Tour Maria Fumaca
After breakfast we’ll take the train to Maria Fumaca. The magic of the steam train will carry us along into a memorable journey. We will visit the factory of the famous Brazilian brand “Tramontina” as well as the cheese factory “Queseria Fetina de Formaio” with degustation included. Lunch will be in a typical restaurant and and in afternoon we will discover one of the most beautiful landscapes of the region and visit “Milantino” and “Torcello” wineries were we’ll enjoy great wines tastings. Later on, we will visit the theme park “Epic Italia”, recreating the epic of the Italian immigrants. Finally we’ll return to our hotel.
Overnight Beto Goncalves.
Day Twelve Bento Concalves
In the morning, we leave for our cultural tour of the stone path in the museum of Italian immigration of “Rio grande do Sul”. We step into the past, appreciating the traditional costumes of the Italian immigrants. You’ll enjoy a complete guided tour through the park, exposing many of it’s secret delights. In the afternoon we’ll head to the Pinto Bandeira district and visit the Bodega Valmarino, as well as the Bodega Geisse where we’ll enjoy a wine tasting. We’ll then return to our hotel.
Overnight Beto Goncalves.
Day Thirteen Porto Alegre
After hotel check out, we’ll take you to the airport to get your flight to your chosen destination.
Santiago de Chile
Airport pickup and drop off
Transportation for all the tour
Walking tour in Santiago with lunch at the Central Market
Three nights Santiago hotel with breakfast daily
Full day tour to the Maipo Valley and Cachapoal, with wine tastings and full winery tours at “Concha y Toro” and “Altair”
Lunch at” Entre Rios” Restaurant
Full day tour in Colchagua Valley, with wine tastings at “Casa Silva” winery and “Viu Manent”
Lunch at the Bodega “Viu Manent”.
Airport pick up and drop off and all transport to the tours
Three nights Mendoza hotel with breakfast daily
One day of “Experience of Wines” in the Centre area
One day of “Experience of Wines” in the Uco Valley.
One lunch in typical restaurant with drinks
Two lunches in wineries with guided tasting
One dinner in “1884” Francis Mallmann restaurant with drinks
Bilingual guide specialised in wines
Certificate "The wines of the Andes"
All transfers with guide / driver in English, Portuguese or Spanish.
Visit with wine tasting at Bodega Marichal.
Visit with wine tasting and lunch at Bodega Juanico.
Three nights Montevideo with breakfast daily
All transfers with guide / driver in English
Three nights hotel Bento Goncalves with breakfast daily
Visit and wine tasting at the visited Bodegas
Entrance and train ticket to the “Tren Maria Fumaca”
Entry to “Epic Italia”
Lunch in a typical Italian Restaurant
Air tickets (domestic or international flights)