Wine Tours in South America
Go straight to the source and enjoy a wine tour while in South America, cherished for its diverse grapes and labels.
Thanks to its favourable terroirs and impressive ingenuity, South American wine has become one of this continent’s most revered exports. From Argentina’s famous Mendoza region to the laidback Uruguayan town of Carmelo, grape vines weave their way across South America, producing delicious examples of red, white and rosé wine. Relish a South American wine tour by bicycle or maybe choose a chauffeur-driven vintage car to whiz you from one vineyard to the next. Either way, discovering the delights of the South American wine scene is a real treat.
Wine in South America is a huge part of everyday life, particularly in the wine-growing regions of Argentina and Chile. While in Argentina, the Mendoza region is the obvious choice if looking to do a wine tour; Lujan de Cuyo, the Uco Valley and Maipu being the three most prominent wine-producing areas. Sample everything from a smooth Malbec to a crisp Sauvignon Blanc as you move from one bodega to another, all the while being surrounded by the breathtaking Andes Mountains and stunning landscapes that the area is so well known for. Elsewhere, why not tie a South American wine tour in with your trip across Salta and Cafayate in the northwest, or Patagonia in the south? Here you will find family-run bodegas that have been making wine for generations, along with industrious newcomers all producing delectable bottles of wine that are now making waves on the international scene.
Chile, of course, is the other South American country on everyone’s lips when it comes to viticulture. Thanks to its notoriously dry summers and hundreds of years' worth of knowledge being passed down through families, Chile cultivates some of the best grapes in the world. The Santiago region is synonymous with wine, home to the Maipo, Casablanca, Aconcagua and Colchagua Valleys where you will find small boutique vineyards rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest in Latin America, such as Viña Concha y Tora.
Finally, how about touring some of the finest vineyards that Uruguay has to offer? Travel from Montevideo to the historic city of Colonia del Sacramento and arrange a visit to Los Cerros de San Juan – the oldest winery in the country – before finishing off the trip at Varela Zarranz and sample their famous Cabernet Sauvignon along with a rich red Merlot and one of the local favourites – a full-bodied Tannat. Learning about wine-making techniques from the producers first-hand and tasting a variety of labels is simply a must for wine-lovers visiting South America!
- Viña Concha y Toro, Santiago, Chile
- Matetic Vineyard, Rosario Valley, Chile
- Varela Zarranz, Montevideo, Uruguay
- Catena Zapata, Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina
- Bodega Trapiche, Maipu, Argentina