Wine Passion

Itinerary

Day 1Depart USA
Depart home for your South American adventure.

Day 2Arrive Buenos Aires
Welcome to Buenos Aires! From the airport, you will arrive at your hotel located in Palermo Soho, a newly fashionable area of design, restaurants, bars and street culture
The rest of the day is yours to explore your surroundings, sip on a glass of wine, or linger by the hotel pool while taking in the spectacular views of the city.

Day 3Embrace Buenos Aires
After breakfast you are off to explore Buenos Aires! Don’t miss the chance to visit the four historic parks and plazas of this magnificent city.

Parque Lezama and La Boca are two areas of the city known as the “Old South.” Plaza San Martin and Retiro show the residential district, developed at the turn of the 19th century when Buenos Aires began modeling and building after the strong European influences. Recoleta, the sophisticated and stylish district of French influence, is noted for its historic architecture, avenues and barrios.

This evening, sample the eclectic cuisine of this remarkable country. Cuisine of Argentina is distinctive in South America for its strong resemblance to Spanish, Italian, French and other European flavors, rather than of the traditional Latin American palate.

Day 4Gaucho Day at Estancia La Cinacina
Today you will be stepping back in time and enjoying the life of the Argentina Gaucho on this special trip to San Antonio de Areco. You will be welcomed with music, empanadas, salami, country-made bread and drinks. Next, you will take your choice of a guided horse back ride or carriage ride around the Estancia grounds.

A traditional Argentinean BBQ lunch will be served. During lunch you are welcome to participate in the folk singing and dancing. Your day ends with an exhibit of the “real” gaucho horse riders and the different buildings that make up the Estancia; including the main house, ranch house and stables.

Day 5Arrive Mendoza
After enjoying breakfast and a leisurely morning, meet your guide in the lobby who will escort you to the domestic airport in Buenos Aires.

Upon arrival into Mendoza, you will be met by a local host who will escort you on a grand Mendoza city tour and then transfer you to your hotel. Mendoza is situated on the major road between Argentina and Chile; hikers often frequent the city on their way to climbing Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere.
Before retiring to your hotel you are scheduled to visit one of the most prestigious tasting rooms in Mendoza to enjoy a reserve flight tasting of five premium wines from several boutique wineries that you will be visiting over the next few days. Enjoy!

Your hotel in Mendoza is a charming boutique property that comes complete with its own private bodega. Reminiscent of a late 1800’s Tuscan villa, dwarfed by mighty pine, palm trees and surrounded by neat rows of vineyards, the hotel has only 7 rooms all equipped with tall French doors, wide windows and elegant, ochre-colored décor.
This evening, you may wish to borrow one of the hotel’s bicycles to explore the local bodegas of the area. Or, simply relax in the hotel lounge, followed by a sophisticated dinner in the superb on-site restaurant which utilizes fresh, local produce accompanied by a highly-rated wine list.

Day 6Wine Tour of Lújan de Cuyo
This morning, enjoy a hearty breakfast as you prepare for a full day of wine tastings. Meet your guide for a visit to three wineries of the Lújan de Cuyo, home to the Malbec grape and where the most prestigious Argentine wineries are located.

The first winery was built in 1901 by Agustín Álvarez, then governor of the Mendoza province. As one of the few historic Mendoza relics left from the end of the 19th century, this adobe style building has a stone cava which provides an excellent place for wine barrels and bottles as the temperature changes between summer and winter are minimal.

Next, you will visit a winery that came into existance by an encounter between two men with an admitted mutual dream of having their own vineyard in Mendoza. Immediately they came to an agreement and began working on the project with a devotion only to the production of excellent wines, months later they produced their first vintage.
You will enjoy a traditional Argentinean lunch paired with wines on the second story tasting terrace offering stunning views of the Andes!

Your final winery visit is in the prestigious region of Perdriel. To produce their wines, the owners recovered an old winery property in Sotero Arizu, one of the pioneers of Argentinean wine production.

Day 7Cooking Class & Wine Tasting in Uco Valley
Early this morning, meet your guide who will escort you to a relatively new and very exciting wine region, where great grapes, walnuts and various fruits grow in abundance. The Uco Valley is a unique region with varying elevations and abundant sweet water that provides local winemakers with some of the best “terrior” they could ever wish for.

Your first visit will be to an estate winery established by two local brothers. Originally, the building was a warehouse but it has now been skillfully transformed in a winery defined by gravity, benefitting from the experience and wisdom of the two brothers’ father, who manages the daily operations. Their 2002 varietals were rated in the top seventy wines coming out of South America…This is a sure sign of greatness in the making!

A tasting here will be followed by another small, rural winery which features its own highly rated bistro, set in a very cleverly converted vineyard workers’ cottage, on the grounds of the winery.

After a morning of wine tasting you will meet one of Mendoza’s most talented chefs who will give you the opportunity to prepare a traditional, regional dish. Later, enjoy your masterpieces on the vineyard’s patio with the majestic backdrop of the Andes in full sight. Your lunch is complemented by the select wines of the vineyard, befitting of a celebration of the remarkable food and wine of this incredible destination.

Day 8Mendoza at Leisure
Mendoza is an action enthusiast’s fantasy, including: mountaineering, hiking, horseback riding, rafting and other sports. Especially of note are the two major industries of Mendoza, olive oil production, and of course, wine making. Enjoy your final two days in Mendoza anyway that you wish!

Day 9Ride through the Vineyards
If you wish, a ride through the vineyards can be arranged for you today. Your cabalgata (horse-ride) takes you through their vineyards ascending to the Mirador Cerro Melón where you will enjoy an outstanding view of the "Vistalba Valley" and the Andes. The ride is complimented by wine and grape tastings and traditional Argentine maté and tortitas. On return to the winery you will enjoy a traditional lunch amongst the vineyards.

Day 10Depart for Home
This morning, your driver will escort you on to the airport in Mendoza. Once you arrive in Buenos Aires, you will be transferred to the international airport to catch your departing flight to the United States.
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