This adventure wraps some of the most famous excursions in South America into one wildly romantic package. You'll begin in Argentina's wine region. Here you'll visit the vineyards and sample world-class wines. Next, head to Salta to tour the rugged countryside, and see a number of natural wonders, including the painted hills of the Quebrada de Humahuaca. Then it's off to the east of the country and Iguazú Falls, the largest network of waterfalls in the world. Afterward, you'll travel north into Brazil, where you'll enjoy a romantic, relaxing time exploring the beaches, music, and cuisine of Rio de Janeiro, Angra dos Reis, and Paraty.
The tour reveals insight into how Mendoza rose over the centuries to become Argentina's premier wine-making region. It began with Jesuit priests and European immigrants who settled here and combined their wine-making knowledge with the irrigation techniques (canals and ditches) handed down from the Huarpe indigenous people. It was through these methods that the Huarpes transformed a vast desert into a productive hotbed of viniculture.
The tour includes visits to two bodegas (wineries) that still rely on traditional irrigation methods in the winemaking process. At these bodegas, there are presentations detailing vinification methods, processing, bottling, and even the labeling of wines. Of course, this is all accompanied by a tasting of the different varietals the bodegas offer. Also on the menu are samplings of locally grown olives, artisanal cheeses, and even Malbec grapes right off the vine!
Itineraries with Mendoza Wine Tour
Whether you're a seasoned sommelier, a burgeoning wine enthusiast, or a regular Jane or Joe with a taste for good reds—Argentina and Chile are calling. When taken together, these two nations represent the Mecca of wine production in South America. On this epic 10-day enology tour you will visit the best wine-producing regions in both countries and tour the vineyards that produce their most famous varietals. And of course, each day there will be copious tastings.