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Chile & Argentina Wine & Culinary Adventure: South America's top wine-producing regions

Days: 10 | From: $6,990/per person

Experience the best of South American wine production. Lots of local wineries and tastings, cultural highlights, and historic cities.

  • Includes accommodations at first class hotels that reflect the best of local culture
  • Includes excursions and tours with superb private guides
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At a glance

  • Santiago
    1 night: discover Chile’s bustling capital city
  • Valparaiso
    1 night: wine tours & a UNESCO World Heritage port city
  • Colchagua Valley
    2 nights: visit one of the top wine regions in South America
  • Mendoza
    3 nights: discover Argentina's best wines and lovely scenic vineyards
  • Buenos Aires
    2 nights: explore the vibrant capital of Argentina

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Santiago

Chile - Santiago at dusk

Arrive to Santiago, Chile’s metropolitan capital, where your private guide will take you to your boutique hotel in the charming Lastarria neighborhood. Lastarria is a nice area for walking around, with quiet streets, flowering trees, attractive colonial architecture, and a variety of restaurants and boutiques.

In the afternoon, sample some of Chile’s world-class wines, or partake of Santiago’s fine dining options. We’ll work with you to plan the perfect activity!

Accommodations: Hotel Magnolia

Hotel Magnolia is set in a renovated 1929 mansion in downtown Santiago, close to Santa Lucia Hill, museums, the historic center, and Barrio Lastarria. Designed by award-winning architect Cazú Zegers, who also designed traveler-favorite hotel Tierra Patagonia, the Hotel Magnolia seamlessly blends preserved historic marble and vintage furnishings with modern amenities. The 42-room hotel offers a restaurant, bar, library, and rooftop lounge with panoramic views.

Alternative lodging options: Lastarria Boutique Hotel, Singular Santiago
Day 2

Casablanca Valley and Valparaiso

Chile - Vineyards

Start your exploration of Chilean wine country in the Casablanca Valley, an area characterized by cool coastal breezes that create an ideal climate for growing Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Pinot Noir. Visit Loma Larga Vineyards, named “Winery of the Year 2011” by Wine & Spirits magazine. Loma Larga sets the bar for quality cold-climate red wines. Enjoy a tour and private tasting of Loma Larga’s distinctive wines before continuing to the Pacific Coast.

Your next stop is the colorful port city of Valparaiso, one of the first South American ports founded by the Spanish and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Have lunch at one of Valparaiso’s top restaurants, located atop the city’s high hills with a privileged view of the bay. Afterward explore the Cerro Concepcion and Cerro Alegre neighborhoods and ride the century-old hillside ascensores (elevators).

Accommodations: Casa Higueras

Located in Valparaiso on Chile’s Central Coast, Casa Higueras is a boutique hotel built in a restored 1930s mansion with expansive views of this historic port city and the sea. Its 20 guest rooms have beamed ceilings and built-in cabinets, and evoke Valparaíso’s marine history. The hotel offers a highly-rated restaurant, an infinity pool, and a deck overlooking the water.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

World-Famous Wines in the Colchagua Valley

Chile - Colchagua Valley - Wine Country

Head to the Colchagua Valley, one of the most important wine regions in South America. This area is known for its top-quality reds, particularly Carménère, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Malbec. Visit Casa Silva, the oldest winery in the Colchagua Valley, which was founded by French immigrant Emilio Bouchon in 1892 and is known for its award-winning Carménère, Chile’s signature grape. Your tour includes a visit to the historic winery, a tasting of their reserve wines, and a great lunch. In the afternoon your guide will take you through the Santa Cruz Museum, one of the best private collections of pre-Columbian art in South America. Tonight you stay at a beautiful small boutique hotel, located near the village of Santa Cruz.

Accommodations: Noi Blend, 2 nights

Located in the Colchagua Valley in the heart of Chilean wine country, the Noi Blend was constructed in a vintage vineyard dating back to 1875. The hotel maintains the traditional architecture and historical charm of the original structure, while emphasizing modern comfort and amenities. The 13-room hotel offers a swimming pool and a restaurant featuring local ingredients and local wines.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Upgrades and alternatives: Clos Apalta Residence (Lapostolle)
Day 4

Small Wineries of the Colchagua Valley

Visit the Neyen de Apalta Winery, which focuses all its production on one Bordeaux-style blend from 115 year-old Carménère vines. Next head to Viu Manent Winery, home to several award-winning vintages, including their Gran Reserva Malbec (2010), Secreto de Viu Manent Sauvignon Blanc (2011), and Secreto de Viu Manent Syrah (2010). Following your tour and tasting, enjoy lunch at the winery.

After lunch visit the Casa Lapostolle Winery, founded in 1994 by Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle (of the Grand Marnier family), which produces some of the best QPR (quality/price ratio) wines in Chile. Since its outstanding debut 1997 vintage, Casa Lapostolle’s Clos Apalta bottling has helped to establish Colchagua as a premier red-wine region.

Accommodations: Noi Blend, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Fly to Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza - Wine Country

Fly to Mendoza, located at the base of the Andes in the heart of Argentina wine country. Your hotel is a favorite of our travelers: a converted country home on the outskirts of the city, with its own small vineyard. Depending on your arrival time, we can set up a bike and wine tour that takes you to a few different wineries in the area.

In the evening meet Cristina Brino, chef at the Finca Adalgisa, for a lesson in Argentine cooking. Held outside next to a wood-burning oven, this hands-on class will teach you how to make local specialties such as empanadas and chimichurri sauce. Brino uses many fresh ingredients grown right at the finca, and the class also includes the opportunity to enjoy wines produced on-site.

Accommodations: Finca Adalgisa, 3 nights

Three generations of the Furlotti family have owned the Finca Adalgisa Hotel, Vineyard and Winery. The hotel sits outside the bustle of downtown Mendoza, offering guests the tranquility of the Argentine countryside. A traveler favorite for years, this place wins people over with local, unpretentious charm and welcoming service. Within walking distance are a couple of simple but good local restaurants, and the hotel offers a pool, wine and tapas bar, library, bicycles for exploring the area, and on-site cooking classes.

*Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

A Day of Wine Tasting in the Lovely Uco Valley

Spend the day in Valle de Uco, an area known for producing some of Argentina’s most renowned wines. Enjoy a day of wine tasting (and lunch) surrounded by exceptional mountain scenery, with a local guide who knows the area intimately.

Accommodations: Finca Adalgisa, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Lujan de Cuyo Wine Tour

Discover the Lujan de Cuyo wine region. Visit the Catena Zapata, Ruca Malen and Septima wineries, with lunch included at the Ruca Malen. This is an “experts” tour and will allow you to taste many varietals produced in the region, such as Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Torrontes.

Accommodations: Finca Adalgisa, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Travel to Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires - National Congress building

Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s colorful capital, where your private guide will take you to your boutique hotel in the fashionable Palermo district. This is one of the best areas of town for walking around, with charming boutiques and top restaurants.

In the afternoon explore Buenos Aires with your private guide, an engaging bilingual local who will take you through the city’s unique neighborhoods and help you get to know this fascinating metropolis. Discover the charms of Palermo, the Recoleta, the Teatro Colon, the Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo, and La Boca. With your private guide, you have the flexibility to explore at your own pace and make detours and stops along the way.

You will have the end of the day free to explore on your own and eat out at one of the city’s excellent restaurants. For a unique culinary experience, we can arrange a Puerta Cerrada (closed door) dinner, where a professional chef creates a delectable meal in a small, intimate environment.

Accommodations: Mine Hotel, 2 nights

This small, modern boutique hotel has an excellent location in the vibrant Palermo SoHo neighborhood, with many cafes and restaurants right outside the front door. The 20-room hotel offers a restaurant and a private green space with a garden and small pool; most rooms overlook this quaint backyard area.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades available: Legado Mitico, Alvear Palace, Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt
Day 9

Day trip to Colonia, Uruguay

Uruguay - Rio Ancho

Take a lovely ferry ride to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay. Set out with your private guide to explore Colonia, a well-preserved 17th century Portuguese colonial town that is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy a unique and exquisite lunch at the Rio Ancho Gourmet Lodge, overlooking the Rio de la Plata river. Rio Ancho offers an unforgettable culinary experience based on native ingredients and paired with excellent local wines. After your lunch you can relax on the shores of the river before heading back to the ferry and returning to Buenos Aires for the night.

Accommodations: Mine Hotel, 2 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10

Depart for Home or Your Next Destination

Today you will say goodbye to your local guide and head to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination.

More Photos From This Trip

View of Santiago de Chile with Los Andes mountain range in the backMendoza - Vistabla WineryMendoza - Saletein WineryFinca Adalgisa - Cooking classBuenos Aires viewed through a windowArgentina - Buenos Aires - Man play street musicBuenos Aires - Recoleta Cemetery

Popular Ways to Customize This Itinerary

  • Add a few extra nights in Santiago, Valparaiso, Buenos Aires, or Mendoza. We can arrange a variety of activities, including city tours, culinary excursions, visits to historical sites, and active options such as hiking, biking, boating, and horseback riding.

  • Travel wine country by bike (or electronic bike) to really take in the remarkable scenery of these areas on both sides of the border.

  • Take part in a day of polo at an estancia outside Buenos Aires: Spend the morning on a horse learning the basics of this popular equestrian sport, enjoy a traditional lunch, then put your new skills to use in a relaxed polo match in the afternoon. Great for beginners and experienced riders alike!

  • Visit one of the traditional estancias of San Antonio de Areco, about 1.5 hours from Buenos Aires. This is an area that has preserved gaucho traditions more than any other in Argentina, and the estancias offer an in-depth experience in this fundamental aspect of Argentine culture and history.

  • Include some downtime for rest and relaxation! Some free time to unwind or have a massage will allow you to feel refreshed and ready for the remainder of your trip. Many of our properties include excellent spas or wellness centers. We can help arrange these services or include properties that offer health & wellness amenities.

  • Extend your visit with time in Patagonia, Iguazu Falls, or the lovely Lake District and Bariloche.

  • Contact us to learn about more options for designing and customizing your trip.

Reviews From This Trip

5 stars

  • We thoroughly enjoyed all of the events that were planned. The thoughtfulness in what was arranged and the guides helping us along the way were fabulous. This will be a trip that we never forget.
    Erica Wyatt
  • The hotels recommended are always wonderful- in particular, Finca Adalgisa- which was the highlight of the trip! It is really a very special place and overall, the time in Mendoza was a restful, relaxing respite.
    Jean Boeshart
  • All of our hotels had excellent service and were in good walking areas. Highlights were Finca Adalgisa with the cooking lesson and beautiful small setting; and also the boutique, modern Mine Hotel in Buenos Aires with the friendly staff and lovely bistro lounge.
    Nancy Cary

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