Did you know that we not only offer a South America Wine Tour that you can take any time of the year, but that we also offer a South America Wine Tour Special Edition – a scheduled departure version of the same wine tour that allows you to see the sights and taste the wines of South America in a group tour.
The South America Wine Tour Special Edition departs from Santiago, Chile, every February. This Special Edition wine tour can also be combined with our other Special Edition Tours in September and October of every year. If you’re interested in this tour, book early to secure your spot!
The South America Wine Tour and the Special Edition version of the tour include the same highlights: you’ll start in Santiago, Chile, travel to the west of Argentina to Mendoza, then spend a few days in Montevideo and Colonia, Uruguay, and finish in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In each location, you can enjoy a mix of culture, history, relaxation, and of course, plenty of wine tasting. By the end of this South America Wine Tour, you will be well-educated in the history of wine in Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay, will better understand the wine-making process, and will be able to differentiate several varietals of South American wine.
In Chile, especially in the mild climate of Santiago and its surrounding region, Carmenére has grown well over the past few decades. This grape was imported from France, and does well in the Maipo River Valley and the Colchagua Valley. The Colchagua area is also great for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and a number of red wines. The Maipo Valley is Chile’s oldest region, and it’s the home base of Concha y Toro, the most famous of Chile’s premier winery.
Argentina is best-known for its Malbec, grown mostly in the western province of Mendoza. But until recently, most Argentine wine stayed in Argentina, and only now is the country looking to change to exporting the majority of its wine. As a result, Malbec wine is slowly winning world-renown for being a first-rate red. Like the Carmenére in Chile, the Malbec was originally imported from France. The Torrontés white grape is also an interesting variety earning recognition.
Uruguayan wine is not as well-known, but the rich Tannat hails from here. It’s harsh flavors are often mixed with milder wines, especially when wine crops turn out weaker than expected. Like the Carmenére and the Malbec, the Tannat was first from France.
Many visitors to South America for wine tasting enjoy European-quality — these are the descendents of Bordeaux wines, after all! — at a fraction of the cost that you would find in Europe. Read more about The Best South American Wines in our previous blog post.
Best of all, this South America Wine Tour Special Edition includes city tours of each major city, including Santiago, Mendoza, Colonia del Sacramento, and Buenos Aires. So you can get to know each city, its most famous landmarks, and its best museums and churches, before delving into wine tasting. As a grand finale, this South America wine tour finishes in Buenos Aires, one of the most vibrant and energetic cities in South America. Enjoy a tango dance show and dinner on your last night, watching expert tango dancers perform while you dine on authentic Argentine beefsteak – and wash it down with a glass of Argentine Malbec.
Interested? Read the full South America Wine Tour Special Edition itinerary. This tour departs October 4, 2012, so book early to secure your spot!