If you’re a wine enthusiast, traveling to South America’s most famous wineries is a dream come true. Chile is well-known for its Carménère varietal, while Mendoza in the highlands of Argentina is almost synonymous with Malbec. There’s also Tannat in the Colonia del Sacramento region of Uruguay. And Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, is as good a place as any to drink a delicious red wine with a hanger steak and enjoy a meal with friends late into the night.
That’s why we’ve put together a best-selling South America Wine Tour that combines some of the best travel destinations in South America with world-class wineries in Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. Our 10-day classic South America Wine Tour begins in Santiago de Chile, crosses the Andes to Mendoza, Argentina, heads east to Montevideo and Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay, and then finishes across the Rio de la Plata in Buenos Aires. White wines like Sauvignon Blanc are now up-and-coming Chilean wines, and perfect pairings with the seafood cuisine dominant in coastal Chile.
Carménère, an earthy French red, now flourishes in the Central Valley of Chile near Santiago. In the Viña Concha y Toro, one of the most illustrious of Chile’s vineyards, Carménère as well as other premium wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon grow in the lush Maipo River Valley. On this part of the Chile and Argentina wine tour, take a Santiago city tour, visit Concha y Toro, and go winetasting and tour the vineyard’s cellar.
High in the plains of Argentina stands the city of Mendoza, where the sunshine fuels the Mendoza wine-making economy. Although the climate is arid and the sunshine seems perpetual, hundreds of wineries are watered by the Rio Mendoza and benefit from irrigation systems begun centuries ago. There are about 61,776 acres of Malbec vineyards planted in the region, making Mendoza a leading force in the production of Malbec. Take a city tour of Mendoza, picturesque in its setting at the foot of the Andes mountains. Then enjoy a gourmet meal and winetasting session in a popular Mendoza Argentina winery.
Colonia del Sacramento is arguably Uruguay’s most charming cities. The historic district boasts cobblestone streets, brightly painted houses, and the recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Facing Buenos Aires on the northern shore of the Rio de la Plata, Colonia is a popular weekend getaway from the big city for many porteños and visitors. Enjoy sightseeing and try some Tannat wine, a popular varietal in Uruguay.
Finish this South America Wine Tour in Buenos Aires, often called the Paris of South America. After gaining independence from Spain, Buenos Aires looked to imitate any other European city than Spain, and so many of the city’s most ornate buildings feature Parisian-style rooftops and architecture. The city is also well-known for it’s red wine and steak dinners, since Buenos Aires is historically the port city for wine and steak exports. Complete the South America Wine Tour enjoying a traditional tango dance show while enjoying a steak dinner – and wash it down with a glass of fine Argentine wine.
View the full itinerary of the South America Wine Tour. Also read our previous blog post, Celebrate the Vendimia Wine Festival on an Argentina Wine Tour.
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