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Chile & Argentina Tour

March 14–24, 2017

~    I T I N E R A R Y   ~

This tour has been planned to coincide with the wine harvest in both Chile & Argentina.  This is a special “insider’s” opportunity to see & feel the magic of the harvest up close…from the picking of grapes to the variety of fascinating processes that occur in the winery.  Few wineries in any country allow visitors during the harvest, so it is a special honor & privilege for Wine-Knows to be able to offer a tour at this thrilling time of the year.

Trip Highlights: 

  • Private tours & tastings at la crema de la crema wineries
  • Winemaker dinners & lunches
  • Tour of the central food market with a local culinary professional, followed by dining in the family home
  • Cultural outings including South America’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian art

March 13:  
Last Day to Leave the USA

We strongly encourage you to leave one day before today, March 12, to avoid any missed connections with the group.  Be mindful that the tour begins March 14 mid-morning.  If you elect to leave March 13 your flight must arrive very early in the morning to be able to connect with the group.  Also, if you want to see Santiago, you will need to arrive early as we are spending only one evening in the city.

March 14:  
Welcome to Red Hot Chile!


Morning:  The tour begins in Santiago, located at the base of the stunning Andes.  Chile's steady economic growth from mining has transformed Santiago into one of Latin America’s most robust cities.  We’ll kick off the tour by heading to the central market where we’ll be bombarded with a mind-boggling array of fish & seafood from Chile’s 3,000 foot coastline.  An abundance of fresh products such as fresh hearts of palm and luscious tropical fruits (some of which we do not have in the U.S.), along with a mesmerizing rainbow of vegetables from the nearby fertile valleys will delight.

Afternoon:  Private tour & tasting at a famous local winery. Our first wine producer is one of the country’s most well regarded… accolades from international wine critics abound for these world-class wines.

Evening:  Tonight we’ll keep it simple for adjusting to jet lag---we’ll have a Chilean tapas dinner at a popular wine bar.

March15:   Super Stars in the Chilean Galaxy

Morning Free in Santiago.

Afternoon:  Off we go to the country’s Central Valley where much of Chile’s wine magic happens.  In route we’ll stop for lunch at a Chilean version of a “Diner, Drive-in and Dive.”  This venue has always been a crowd-pleaser on prior Wine-Knows' trips.  Written up in the New York Times, it is known for its home-style cooking…and is one of the few places that still make the laborious dishes from generations past.   Next, we’ll check-in to a breathtaking hacienda dating back to the late 16th century.  Belonging to the former Governor of Chile, this magnificent country estate has hosted the King of Spain, as well as many other important dignitaries over the years.  The property, which raises polo ponies, offers a unique glimpse into the colonial past of Chile.

Evening:  Dinner tonight will be a private event held in our exquisite antique-filled hacienda.

16:   Pre-Columbian Art & Art-like Wines


Morning:  Today we have the pleasure of meeting with one of the young movers and shakers in the Chilean wine scene whose wines have received high critical acclaim, including 90+ scores from Robert Parker.  We’ll have a private tour and tasting at his dramatic state-of-the-art winery.

Afternoon:  Next we’ll visit the largest private museum in the country.  It includes an extensive pre-Columbian collection, the world’s largest silver exhibit by the indigenous Mapuche, and the only known original copy of Chile’s proclamation of Independence.   We’ll finish the afternoon at one of the area’s top wineries.  Owned by an iconic French wine family, this Chilean venture produces some of the country’s most highly regarded wines.

Evening:  Dinner will be at one of Chile’s cutting edge wineries in a glorious private outdoor hilltop setting overlooking the vines.  Its winemaker has twice been named the “Chilean Winemaker of the Year.”   Moreover, his wines are served in >20 of Bordeaux’s best restaurants.

March 17:   Blow Your Mind Wines and Views

Morning:  Free to enjoy the historic estate on which we’re staying.  A tour of the grounds, gardens and polo pony stables are options.

Afternoon:  Next, we head to another historic estate that produces excellent wines.  This pioneering family, who came to Chile from Bordeaux in the 19th century, has garnered more awards than nearly any other winery in Chile.

Evening:  Private dinner catered by one of wine country’s top chefs on the terrace at a spectacular winery owned by a famous winemaking family.  Located at the foot of the Andes with sweeping views of the entire valley looking toward the sea, this superstar winery produces international award-winning wines.

18:   World Class Olive Oil


Morning:  Today we’ll visit one of Chile’s leading producers of olive oil.  A private tour and tasting will be held.

Afternoon:  Free to enjoy the last day at our gorgeous estate.  Maybe a swim in the pool?  A walk in the vineyards?  Just chill?  Or, begin to organize your luggage for tomorrow’s flight to Argentina?

Evening:  Dinner in one of the most unusual settings in which you’ll ever dine…..a glassed-in private dining area overlooking one of the oldest barrel rooms in Chile.  The chef will prepare a meal showcasing local ingredients from the rich Central Valley.

19:   Over the Andes to the Land of Malbec & Tango

Late morning:  Transfer to the Santiago airport.

Afternoon:  Say adios to Chile as we have a spectacular flight across the snow-capped Andes to Argentina, the birthplace of tango.  The next 5 nights we’ll be just outside the city of Mendoza in the epicenter of Argentina’s premium wine country.  Wine-Knows has taken over an entire countryside estate composed of small cottages.

Evening:  We’ll celebrate our arrival in Argentina with dinner at a restaurant known for great regional dishes, including those made from uber-fresh local vegetables.

20:   Argentine BBQ and Legendary Winery


Morning:  Bus tour of Mendoza’s major sites with a guide who grew up in the city.

Afternoon:  Argentina is famous for many things:  wine, tango, polo, and a cornucopia of grilled meats so famous that they actually have a name for it: “parrilla.”   Today, we’ll have our first parrilla at a renown winery.  Owned by one of the most charismatic winemakers in the country, this iconic family firm is known for quality & innovation.  Our late lunch includes the best emapanadas we’ve ever tasted---made in a large outdoor wood-fired oven, as well as a cornucopia of meats & free-range chicken grilled over grapevines.   Luscious salads from the winery’s organic garden and breads from the outdoor oven accompany the feast, along with the winery’s full lineup of wines.

Evening:  Free, including dinner…if you can possibly eat after today’s late lunch.

21:   Mendoza's Marvelous Malbecs

Morning:  Today we head back to nearby Mendoza for free time to explore/shop in the central downtown district, including a visit to a local supermarket to buy gifts for foodie friends back home.

Afternoon:  Private tour and tasting at one of the benchmark producers whose wines have achieved super-star status among connoisseurs.

Evening:  Visit to one of Argentina’s legendary mega-star wineries.  A world-class operation, this winery has a    relentless dedication to wine research, studying every possible aspect of quality improvement.  The facility, located in one of the most beautifully striking buildings in the wine world, is designed in the shape of a Mayan pyramid.  Dinner, catered by the area’s top chef, will be held in this dramatic facility where we’ll watch the sunset over the Andes.

22:   Central Market & Lunch in Home of Local Chef


Morning:  Today we head to Mendoza’s bustling central market with a local food celebrity.  We’ll meet several interesting vendors and learn all about the spices, fruits and vegetables used in the local cuisine.

Afternoon:  The afternoon will be spent in the chef’s country home where we’ll dine with the chef’s family on items purchased at this morning’s market.

Evening:  Dinner will be at a bistro in the wine countryside.

23:   Saving the Best for Last?

Morning:  Free to rest up for your upcoming trip home…and to organize your luggage that is now filled with goodies from both Chile & Argentina.

Afternoon:  Our last wine tastings will be at two of the area’s most iconic wineries.  One of the producers makes a killer Torrontes (a white that is gaining increasing popularity in the USA), the other offers some of Argentina’s best crafted reds.

Evening:  Our farewell dinner will be held at a very special spot.  The chef, one of Mendoza’s most revered, will prepare a fitting menu worthy of our last night in this glorious wine region.

24:   Hasta Luego, Amigos !


Morning:   Trip concludes after breakfast.   Wine-Knows Travel is happy to assist you with arrangements for an optional excursion to nearby Buenos Aires.  Known as the “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires is a magnificent venue for a trip extension.

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