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Luxury Wine Experience

Overview

On this unique 7-day itinerary you will visit a few of the prestigious wineries of Chile and Argentina to be introduced to the local wines and learn about the winemaking processes. Discover the cuisine of Chile and Argentina and learn how to make traditional regional dishes with cooking demonstrations and gastronomic experiences. Travel through some of the most beautiful regions of the continent whilst staying in deluxe properties.  

Trip Code: MCTSLWE

Location: Argentina, Chile

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

On arrival at Santiago Airport, please make your way through Customs and Immigration and only exit from the green doors marked 'Meeting Point’.
Our representative will be holding a sign with your name on it and waiting for you outside this exit. Please only make contact with our representative. Should you have trouble locating him/her, please refer to the front of your itinerary for emergency contact details and only speak directly with our office in Santiago who speak good English.

Santiago International Airport is undergoing extensive renovations which are due to continue to 2019. There are now two exiting gates and all travellers who have prebooked and prepaid for an arrival transfer, must exit from the green doors marked ‘Meeting Point’ only.

Due to these renovations there have been instances of Taxi Scammers taking advantage of the confusion so please follow these instructions and please note again if you can’t locate our representative please call our local office and only speak directly with them.

This service includes a Spanish speaking driver only.

Arrival transfer in Santiago

Santiago, Chile’s capital and largest city, lies in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped mountains of the Andes and the Chilean Coastal Range. Founded in 1541, Santiago has been Chile’s capital since colonial times. It is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city and although it features many colonial buildings, it has grown into a modern metropolis and the cultural centre of the country.

Santiago de Chile

We begin with a visit to the Pre-Columbian Art museum where we admire the collection of more than 3,000 pre-Columbian pieces including artefacts from Mexico, Central America, and the Amazon basin. From here we head to the San Francisco Convent and Museum that houses an extensive collection of colonial and religious art. We finish the tour with a visit to the Casa Moneda.

Includes museum entrance fees.

Santiago Cultural City Tour

You will travel through picturesque fields, famous for their production of fruits and vegetables, called the “Valle de Colchagua”. This narrow and fertile agricultural valley begins from the Andean Mountain and extends to the west of the Pacific Ocean. Historically, this valley has been used for winemaking, there are more than 15 vineyards now, which produce different range of red wines such as: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carménére, Syrah and Malbec.

Throughout the tour you will visit two distinguished vineyards. The first one will be: “Viña Casa Silva”, where you will visit they winery and “Hotel del Fundo Angostura”. Taste 3 Reserve wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Carmènère and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Later, enjoy a lunch in a local restaurant.

The second visit will be to “Montes Vineyard” to experience its “Iconic Tour and Tasting”, which includes a journey around its beautiful vineyards with a panoramic view of the “Valle Apalta”. Walk around its winery, where “Premium and Ultra-Premium” wines are produced. Then you will visit the barrel room and you may taste three wines. Ending up in the wine shop, where you can purchase some wines or presents, if you wish.

At the end of the tour, visit the “Colchagua Museum”, located in the small city of Santa Cruz. Its one of the largest private museums in Latin America and has several collections of archaeology and pre-Columbian art of Chile.

Please note the wine tours are on a shared basis and guided by the winery's guide. Visit to wineries are subject to confirmation and/or modification without prior notice.

Wine Route Colchagua Valley

This morning enjoy a cooking demonstration at Lapostolle Residence. The in-house chef will take you to the organic vegetable garden to collect the ingredients for today’s lunch. He will then show you how to prepare one of his favourite recipes. The local sommelier will also present some wines for you to taste during the demonstration. After the cooking demonstration, there is time to enjoy a delicious lunch.

Lapostolle’s Clos Apalta Winery is an extraordinary place to experience during your visit to the Colchagua Valley. Architecturally stunning, this winery was created in 1994 by the Marnier Lapostolle family from France and the Rabat family from Chile. The original vines at this winery were brought over from France in the last century and descended from a great French lineage.

Nestled in the Apalta Hills, the owners put much thought and time into the design and architecture. The winery descends six floors down, a design dedicated exclusively to the gravitational production of their Clos Apalta Icon wine. The massive display of exposed granite in the wine library demonstrates their intentions to connect man and nature, and the tall wood posts in the garden stand high to frame visitors’ views across the Colchagua Valley.

The Marnier Lapostolle family, founders and owners of the world-renowned liqueur Grand Marnier, are known for producing spirits and liqueurs, but the family has also been involved in wine-making for generations.

Cooking demostration & Wine tasting in Lapostolle

After lunch we visit the Estampa Winery. Over a century ago, Don Manuel González Dieguez, a Spanish immigrant, bought a wheat mill located next to the church of Our Lady of Carmen of the Flying Estampa and named it Molino Estampa.

Today, the original grain mill is still in operation, but the newer generation of Don Manuel’s family has put a modern twist on the family business.

The tour begins in the nursery vineyard where visitors can learn about each varietal used in the Estampa blends and understand the differences and similarities that each possess with a detailed explanation. Visitors are then taken on the same journey as the grapes received at each harvest, including the harvest receiving area where grapes are selected and pressed and then the winemaking area where the wines are stored and aged in barrels and stainless steel tanks. Finally visitors are taken to the tasting room to sample a Fina Reserve wine and 2 Estate wines.

After the tour we invite you to be a winemaker for the day and discover the intricacies behind Estampa’s philosophy of assemblage by blending your own wine in their winery.

This is a fantastic group program that offers a unique hands on experience.
Program includes:

➢ A tour (does not include wine tasting)
➢ Explanation of activities and delivery of materials
➢ Explanation of wine making techniques and methods
➢ Blending of wines - Create your own wine
➢ Label design and corking of your own bottle
➢ Voting and Awards given for best Assemblage
➢ Participants keep the wines they created as a memoir

At the end of the visit to the Estampa Winery, we return to Lapostolle Residence.

Wine Tasting at Vina Estampa

This morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to Santiago Airport for the flight to Mendoza.

Santa Cruz Transfer Hotel - Santiago Airport

On arrival into Mendoza, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Chacras de Coria.

Arrival transfer in Mendoza

This morning you will be collected from your hotel for your full day tour of the Lujan De Cuyo Wineries. This high-end tour is designed for you to enjoy an excellent day of wine with a select group of up to 8 people. Luján de Cuyo is the heartland of the Malbec grape, and this tour lets you experience this amazing variety as well as other tremendous wines of the region.

Bodega Achaval-Ferrer. In recent years Achaval-Ferrer has represented Mendoza in Wine Spectator‘s list of Top 100 wines with various Malbecs. The winery, cosy and modern, is located at the edge of the Mendoza River amongst vineyards almost 100 years old. Their peculiar winemaking methods and business philosophy makes for a dynamic and interesting visit followed by tastings of premium wines.

Bodega Casarena. Located in a completely restored centenary building, Casarena winery opened its doors to teach about their wines and vineyards. During the visit to this winery, guests taste wines from all of the different stages of winemaking - fermentation, oak barrels, and finally the wines from labelled bottles. Casarena invites their guests to experience the differences in aromas and flavours of the wine during its production, demonstrating how the wines evolve during the winemaking process.

Bodega Dominio del Plata. In 1999, after 30 years advising companies in the wine sector, Susana Balbo decided to undertake her dream of having a winery herself, beginning the construction of Dominio del Plata in the heart of Lujan de Cuyo. Equipped with modern technology, Dominio del Plata is characterized by a unique and simple design, intended for producing premium wines. Dominio del Plata offers the possibility to discover the typical varietals of Argentina through thematic tastings focused on discovering the potential of each one.

Notes: Includes gourmet lunch: 5 courses, paired with 5 wines at the restaurant Osadía de Crear at Dominio del Plata Winery (or similar). Mineral water on board. Wineries subject to change without warning.

Lujan de Cuyo Wineries with lunch

Mendoza, in a region of foothills and high plains, is the heart of Argentina's wine country, famed for Malbecs and other red wines. The city has wide, leafy avenues, atmospheric plazas and cosmopolitan cafes. The city has five central plazas, the four smaller plazas surrounding the main Plaza Independencia.

Mendoza

Cooking class By CRISTINA BRINO at FINCA ADALGISA.

Today you will enjoy a cooking class and wine tasting at Finca Adalgisa. The cooking class is taken by Chef Cristina Brino, who will teach you how to prepare typical Mendozian food. The class includes a 3 course meal and is held either in the garden or in the winery. Cristina will teach you how to prepare empanadas, rib eye steak with a typical Argentinean sauce (“Chimichurri“) and caramelized fruit. The food is all cooked in a clay oven or on an open fire. The herbs for the sauce are picked in the Finca’s own garden, and the olive oil used is also from the Finca. The meat comes from a local butcher in Lujan.

There is no better way to learn the secrets of a regional cuisine than by cooking it yourself and today’s cooking class not only teaches you how to prepare some typical Argentinian dishes, but also enables you to participate in preparing them.

Finca Adalgisa Private Cooking Class

You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to your onward flight from Mendoza. Please note this service is with driver only.

Transfer to the airport for onward destination

On arrival, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it. Please note this service is with a driver only.

Arrival transfer in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina’s elegant, historic and cosmopolitan capital, is known as the “Paris of the South” due to its European atmosphere with glamorous avenues lined with fashionable shops and Parisian-style restaurants and cafes. Located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, Buenos Aires has many fascinating neighbourhoods to explore including the colourful and lively La Boca, home to art galleries and tango shows; San Telmo with its restored mansions and antique stores and Recoleta, the city’s most exclusive area.

Buenos Aires

Choose to be picked up morning or afternoon for a private city tour of Buenos Aires. The tour will take in the main highlights, but we would prefer to tailor the trip to your liking and go off the beaten track. It could be that you want to see more of the main sites, or it could be that you want to stroll amongst the small local boutiques of Palermo or the Parisienne buildings of Recoleta. Duration: 4 hrs. Includes transport & guide.

Half Day Buenos Aires City Tour

Relax in the peaceful and beautiful courtyard on the ground floor of the Park Hyatt Hotel, La Vinoteca, and enjoy a selection of specially selected artisanal regional cheeses chosen from the unique ‘Cheese Room’ by the Maître Fromager along with the best Argentinean and international wines matched by the Sommelier. These exquisite cheeses are served with assorted chutneys, dried fruits, and fresh home-baked breads. This is the perfect experience to relax and unwind after a day of exploring. Suggested cheeses to pair with your wine: Brie, Camembert, Gruyere, Reblochon.

Includes private transfer from and to your hotel.

Cheese and Wine tasting at Park Hyatt – Malbec

You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Transfer to the airport for onward destination
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Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.