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CHILE & ARGENTINA WINE ADVENTURE

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Tour:CHILE & ARGENTINA WINE ADVENTURE
Duration:11 Days
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Spend eleven blissful days savoring renowned wines and culinary pleasures in the premium wine-producing regions of Chile and Argentina. With the Andes as backdrop, you'll visit fifteen wineries and linger over gourmet meals in picturesque vineyard settings to get a delicious introduction to two world-class wine regions and the best of their bounty. But it's not all about food and drink. These Chile Argentina tours include history and culture too with a visit on either end to two of South America's most fascinating cities, Santiago and Buenos Aires, all in one unforgettable trip.


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DAY 1: SANTIAGO - CITY TOUR -WINE TASTING DINNER
Your guide will meet you at the Santiago airport and accompany you to your hotel. After getting settled and having lunch on your own, you'll take a guided tour of the historical and cultural highlights of South America’s most modern city. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at one of the capital's top restaurants, Astrid & Gaston. While dining and sampling some special wines from the restaurant's extensive wine list with your guide, you'll have an opportunity to discuss the week's Chile travel itinerary. You'll be returned to your hotel at the end of the evening.
Meal Included: Dinner

DAY 2: CASABLANCA VALLEY AND VALPARAISO

In the morning, you'll depart from your hotel to the Pacific coast for today's Chile tours, making a stop along the way at Viñedos Organicos Emiliana (VOE) in the Casablanca Valley. The cool coastal breezes make the Casablanca Valley an ideal viticultural region, and VOE is the perfect winery for sampling some of the area's best creations. Next you will visit the Kingston Family Vineyards for a taste of some award-winning Pinot Noirs. Kingston derives its quality grapes from many of Chile’s top vineyards and has evolved into one of the country's hottest boutique wineries. On reaching the coast, you'll explore Valparaiso, one of the first port cities of South America founded by the Spanish and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. For lunch, you'll enjoy the delectable offerings of Caruso set amidst the city's unique hilltops where a fusion of Chile, Easter Island and Peru cuisine is served in a relaxed atmosphere that captures the unique Valparaiso rhythm. After lunch, you'll tour the Concepcion and Alegre neighborhoods on foot and ride the century-old historic hillside ascensors (elevators). From there, you'll tour the eclectic home-turned-museum high above the sea where Chile’s most famous poet, Nobel Prize-winning Pablo Neruda, lived.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3 MAIPO AND CACHAPOAL VALLEYS
You'll spend today in the Maipo Valley, the "cradle of Chilean wine-making." The oldest and most famous of Chile wine regions, it is home to some of the country's most traditional wineries as well as many boutique wineries that have opened over the past ten years and produce some of the region's best premium wines. The first stop of the day is Antiyal, a labor of love for renowned organic winemakers Alvaro Espinoza and his wife Marina Ashton who founded the winery. We then head south to the Cachapoal Valley where we will visit Viña Anakena founded by school friends Felipe Ibáñez and Jorge Gutiérrez, they are making wines of quality and originality. The winery is committed to protecting the environment and practices sustainable production methods throughout all the stages of wine production. Here you will learn the characteristics of the different grape
varieties of the valley and have a tasting. Following our relaxed lunch at the winery our day will conclude at your hotel in the Colchagua Valley.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4: COLCHAGUA VALLEY

The largest of Chile wine regions with the most visitor amenities is the Colchagua Valley, located two hours south of Santiago. It is known for producing some of Chile's best wine, particularly the Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère Syrah and Malbec. Our visit today will be to Laura Hartwig winery. Laura Bisquertt inherited the property of “Santa Laura” from her father in 1966. Later, her husband, Alejandro Hartwig, and she moved to Canada, where they discovered their passion for excellent wine. Coming back to Chile, they decided to open their winery as a retirement project and named it after their daughter. After this delightful visit, you will be taken to lunch at Vino Bello Restaurant in the small town of Los Barreales just outside of Santa Cruz. In the afternoon, your guide will take you through the Santa Cruz Museum, one of the best private collections of pre-Columbian art in all of South America.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5: COLCHAGUA VALLEY

The Colchagua Valley is emerging as the star of Chile wines, especially for its Carmenère, Syrah and Malbec varieties. Our day will start with a visit to Neyen Winery which focuses all its production on one Bordeaux-style blend from their 115 year-old Carmenere vines. The Neyen de Apalta winery is the perfect blend of tradition and modernity. It was founded by the Rojas family in 2002 on the site of one of the area’s pioneering wineries that dates back to the late 19th century. Only twenty minutes away is our next visit, Casa Lapostolle Winery, created in 1994 by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle (of the Grand Marnier family) and 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 Chile as a premier red-wine region. Owner Marnier-Lapostolle and her team created a blend of Chile's distinctive Carmenère variety, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the estate's oldest vines in Colchagua's Apalta sub-valley, then kept refining: fermenting in smaller lots, hand-de-stemming berries and constructing a gravity-flow winery. In 2008, they were awarded a 96 in Wine Spectator for their Clos Apalta wine which was also chosen as the top wine of the year. Lunch at the Clos Apalta winery with a spectacular view of the valley.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6: SANTIAGO - MENDOZA

From your hotel, you'll be transported to the Santiago International Airport for your flight to begin your Argentina travel. Arriving in Mendoza, you'll check in at the world-class Hyatt Hotel before touring this sophisticated scenic city.
Meal Included: Breakfast

DAY 7 LUJAN DE CUYO
Today you will experience why the Lujan de Cuyo region just south of Mendoza has gained a considerable presence on the world wine scene. You will be picked up from your hotel to visit four wineries within this region, which is the very heart of the famous Malbec country, with the snow-capped Andes Mountains always in the background. Many of Argentina’s most prestigious wineries are located in this area and it is a mere thirty minute drive from the city center. Our first visit is to Alta Vista, a one hundred year-old winery founded by Spaniards but now owned by a very progressive French family. They specialize in “Terroir Expressión” whereby they produce several single vineyard Malbecs, all scoring very high points. Here we taste three wines, starting with their Torrontés and finishing with their Grand Reserve, both Gold Medal winning wines. From here we travel a short distance to Hacienda del Plata which continues to play an important role in Mendoza’s wine history. Founded in the 18th Century the then estancia was known as La Estancia San Ignacio de la Familia González. It has taken generations of hard and intensive labor on the
barren desert land that surrounds the estancia to cultivate it and produce outstanding Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. The visit includes a fabulous tasting from barrels and bottles, and a very informative stroll through the vineyard. We lunch in Cava del Cano; this micro winery is worth a visit just to see how the entire process can be fitted into a garage sized room. Set in a beautiful, colonial style building this is an atmospheric step back in time with underground tanks converted into bottle cellars and dining rooms. Lunch is a spectacular buffet with every type of delicacy. Our day concludes with a visit to Carmello Patti. Given that all winemakers are artists, this man is the
personification. He does not advertise his boutique winery in any way and only makes what his devoted customers actually ask for. Carmelo Patti has been making wine in Mendoza for thirty-six years. He buys all of his grapes, and knows where to get the best and gets the best out of them. Here you will learn the true meaning of “cult wine.” Return to your hotel in the evening.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8 VALLEY DE UCO
Today your Argentina travel takes you to the high-altitude wine growing area of Valle de Uco, the new frontier in Argentine winemaking. At almost 6,000 feet, the region borders the Andean foothills, offering some of the world's most dramatic vineyard scenery. The bold architecture, viticultural technologies and fine wines produced here make Valle de Uco an impressive destination on Argentine tours. Our first visit is to Pulenta Estate, located on the fringe of the Uco valley, the “El Chiche” vineyard and winery was established by two of the Pulenta brothers, Eduardo Jr. and Hugo. Originally the building was a warehouse, but has been skillfully transformed, with additional wings added. Gravity is a main feature of the winery, which benefits from the experience and wisdom of Eduardo Sr., who manages the daily operations. Two of their 2002 offerings were rated in the top seventy wines coming from the South America continent, a sure sign of greatness in the making. The tasting here includes their Sauvignon Blan, Gran Malbec, Cabernet Franc and their Gran Corte. Following this we visit Salentein, a concept winery famous for producing Argentina’s first high-altitude Pinot Noir. Here you visit both the winery and their nationally acclaimed “Kilka Art Gallery”, containing permanent exhibitions of Argentine works of art from the second half of the Twentieth Century and an ever-changing exhibit of up-and-coming artists and their work. We conclude the day with a visit to O.Fournier, a brand new Spanish owned winery, with sister operations in both Spain and Chile. From a distance this incredible building has been described as looking like a “NASA facility”, whilst inside it could be mistaken for a space-age movie set. A huge barrel cellar, unique conical fermentation tanks, a roof that looks like a launch pad, high point scoring Tempranillo blends and a true gravity operation make this a visit not to be missed. We enjoy a gourmet lunch complimented by their top wines A & B Cruz. Return to your hotel for the evening.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9 BUENOS AIRES – TANGO SHOW
In the morning, you will be transported to the Mendoza airport for your morning flight to Buenos Aires, arriving at mid-day. Your local guide will be waiting to escort you to your hotel. The afternoon is yours to explore the sights of South America’s most cosmopolitan city. Here in the birthplace of tango, this evening you will attend a glamorous Tango show including dinner in one of the capital's most prestigious tango houses where your seating guarantees a great view.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10 THE FOUR BALCONIES OF BUENOS AIRES
The Four Balconies Tour draws first-time visitors into the stormy past and cosmopolitan pulse of Buenos Aires by highlighting four disparate areas of this magnificent city. Illuminated by our knowledgeable guide who makes these historic places come alive, this stimulating Argentina tour is time well-spent.
Since populist President Juan Peron and his legendary wife, Eva, began leading massive rallies from the back balcony of this presidential palace, La Plaza de (25 de) Mayo has symbolized the desire for change. Named to commemorate the city's declaration of independence from Spain, here dissidents still gather for major political demonstrations. The most famous are Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo (The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo) whose weekly marches have continued for thirty years as they demand answers about the disappearance of their sons during the notorious Dirty War. A few miles away is Parque Lezama, thought to be where the Spanish first put down roots in Buenos Aires and the current site of a popular crafts market. The park's surroundings are equally impressive, including a late 19th century Russian Orthodox Church, built with materials imported from St. Petersburg, and the massive bronze Canto al Trabajo by late Argentine sculptor, Rogelio Yrurtia. The park sits between two of the city's oldest and most charming working class neighborhoods, where the tango was born and many artists call home today.
La Boca neighborhood's calling card is el caminito, a street of balconied dwellings originally covered with mismatched leftover paint by Italian immigrants too poor to buy their own. This colorful patchwork tradition has made the area the most oft- photographed of Buenos Aires architecture.
The Plaza San Martin and its statues commemorate the bravery of Argentine soldiers against the British, including those who defended the country in the 1807 invasion and those who died in the ill-fated 1982 Falkland Islands war. The plaza's elegant setting in the posh Retiro neighborhood belies its eclectic past as slave market, bullfighting ring and barracks. The nearby landmark government buildings began as a monastery and the opulent palaces of wealthy ranch owners.
It was to their Recoleta summer homes that the elite fled during the 1870's yellow fever epidemic. Today the Recoleta remains one of Buenos Aires' most stylish neighborhoods, with wide boulevards, elegant homes, fashionable shops and art museums as well as the city's most popular tourist attraction, the Recoleta Cemetery. The Four Balconies Tour will orient you to the geography of Buenos Aires, explain some of its idiosyncrasies and make it obvious why this beautiful city is called the Paris of South America.
Meal Included: Breakfast

DAY 11 BUENOS AIRES
With so much to see and do, your last free day in Buenos Aires will still leave you wanting more and planning your next Argentina tours. In the evening you will be transported from the hotel to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination, concluding TNM Corp Services
Meal Included: Breakfast

Included:
Accomodation
Meals as specified in the program
Flight from Santiago de Chile to Mendoza with return to Santiago de Chile
Tours as specified in the program


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