Jan 28, 2011|
The Spaniards and Portuguese have always loved wine, and when they colonized South America, they couldn’t last long without a glass of the delicious fermented fruit. They cultivated swaths of land for planting grapevines brought over from Europe. Ever since Argentina wine and Chile wine have been a staple export and a way of life for South Americans. Perfect for wine lovers, experience South America glass by glass – take an Argentina and Chile wine tour to taste some of the most delicious wines in South America. Start off with a sip or two of Carmenére in Santiago, the capital of Chile. This sprawling capital has some nearby excellent vineyards that produce some of the finest wines in the region. Nestled in the Maipo River Canyon is the famous vineyard, Viña Concha y Toro, where you can take in the acres of fragrant grapevines, and taste some of the French wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Pinot Noir and more. You can also tour the winemaking factory that was founded in 1883, and visit the Cassillero del Diablo, or Devil’s Cellar, to see where the vineyard’s most famous export is produced. Next head to Mendoza, nestled high in the Andes of Argentina on the border with Chile. Mendoza is by far the most famous Argentina wine tours destination. The region is favorable for wine growing, and it produces the majority of Argentina’s wine, including first-class Malbec. Enjoy a professional Argentina wine tour to several Mendoza wineries, where you will learn about the science of winemaking and the art of wine tasting. You won’t just sip a few glasses of wine; you’ll even learn how to hold the glass properly. Mendoza is not only known for its wine; its steak and traditional Argentine asado serves as a perfect complement to a well-poured glass. Make sure to dine out while in Mendoza, or try a cooking class to absorb some of the Argentine passion for delicious food. Next, stop off in Colonia del Sacramento, in Uruguay, where you can admire the cobblestone streets and architecture of this colonial gem. Colonia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site only a few hours from Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. It is the oldest city is Uruguay and was long-fought-over by the Spanish and Portuguese. Colonia is also the heart of the Tannat wine region, a must-see for wine connoisseurs. Top off your Argentina and Chile wine tours vacation with a Buenos Aires tour. Buenos Aires is located just on the other side of the Rio Plata from Colonia. Take an enjoyable ferry ride across the beautiful river to Buenos Aires, where you can spend your time exploring this beautiful and exciting capital of Argentina. Finish with a delicious dinner and tango dance show at one of the city’s popular tango houses. Argentina and Chile wine tours are one of the best ways to experience South America.