Journeys Rediscovered – Culinary Journey Chile & Argentina
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Culinary Immersion Tour Unique to Journeys Rediscovered
Culinary Journey of Chile & Argentina
Small Group Tour of no more than 12
Santiago – Milahue Valley – Santiago – Uco Valley – Buenos Aires
8 days/7 nights
- 2 nights accommodation in Millahue Valley – Vik Chile
- 1 night accommodation in Santiago – The Singular
- 3 nights accommodation in Uco Valley – Vines Resort & Spa
- 1 night accommodation in Buenos Aires – Algodon Mansion
- Breakfast daily at hotels
- Other meals & tastings included as per itinerary at specially selected restaurants and culinary experiences
- All private transfers
- All activities included as per itinerary
- Entrance fees
- Sightseeing and touring with a local English speaking guide
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Boutique 5 star accommodation twin share. Single Supplements available.
4 Star option is available for Private Journeys
Contact Journeys Rediscovered for pricing to suit your preferred departure dates as a private itinerary or to REGISTER for our 2021 Small Group Journeys (no more the 12 passengers).
An action-packed programme combining the cities of Santiago, Mendoza, Iguazu and Buenos Aires, with in-depth visits to both countries’ main wine-producing areas, a day of adventure with the Andes providing a most impressive backdrop, and some simply dazzling boutique hotels along the way. The programme kicks off in Chile’s wine country. Despite the long history of wine production in Chile, its wine was mainly produced for domestic consumption. Things have changed over the past 20 years or so, during which Chile’s wines have made a huge impact on the world stage due to their high quality and value for money. Constantly evolving, Chilean wines are being constantly tweaked and improved, and grape varieties rediscovered, with wine drinkers succumbing to their charms. Chile’s capital city, Santiago, has long lived in the shadow of other South American capitals, but today the city is a progressive, colourful, and eclectic metropolis. Across the Andes lies the city of Mendoza, in the heart of Argentina’s main wine producing area. The city offers a leafy, provincial charm, but the real gems are to be found in the surrounding valleys, ideal bases for exploring the stunning wineries where Malbec dominates. The area also offers myriad adventure options, including hiking, rafting, and horseback riding. Buenos Aires needs little introduction. A city with a European grandeur, an almost palpable tango heritage, and an unmistakable character, Buenos Aires is one of the world’s greatest cities.
Day 1 – Santiago/ Millahue Valley: On arrival at Santiago’s International Airport you will be warmly welcomed by a member of the &Beyond team, who will assist you through passport control and baggage claim and will drive you south of the capital to the Colchagua Valley, in the heart of Chile’s main wine production area.The Colchagua Valley is arguably Chile’s most outstanding wine area, particularly for Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Carménère. The latter is a variety of wine grape that formed part of original six red grapes of Bordeaux, wiped out by the devastating phylloxera virus in Europe in the 19th Century, and presumed extinct for over a century before being rediscovered in Colchagua in 1994. It is now the most emblematic of Chilean varietals, flourishing in the ideal climate and terroir of Colchagua and other valleys. Colchagua however is not only home to dozens of fine boutique wineries, but also the seat of Chile’s rural culture and traditions, which gives the place a real identity.
Spend two nights at Vik Chile, with all meals included. Alex and Carrie Vik are the art-collecting couple behind two of South America’s best boutique hotels. Their most recent project, Viña VIK, is by far their most ambitious, and one of their main aims is to produce Chile’s first 100-point wine. This is very much a one-of-a kind vineyard, with a holistic concept that making it even more unique. Located in the Millahue Valley (a sub-valley of Colchagua), two hours south of Santiago in a beautiful area of rolling hills and the forested Andes mountains, it is set atop a hill that provides stunning 360° views. Each of its suites are modern and minimalist in their design, with large windows that offer sweeping views across the valleys. The cuisine is fabulous, and certainly a key component in the experience, with menus created especially to match the wines.
Upon arrival, lunch will be served at the hotel, and later in the afternoon the local &Beyond team will offer you an off-road experience to explore the hills and roads of this 4,325 ha. Of private property (10,688 acres). You may choose to drive yourself accompanied by a professional driver or accompanied by one of the hotel’s guide to show you the beautiful grounds of Vik Millahue Winery. Either option will give you your first taste of the dazzling surroundings. In the evening dinner will be served at the hotel, accompanied of course by Vik’s superb wines.
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Day 2 – Millahue Valley: Your first full day will commence with some active option of your choice; choose from trekking, a bike ride, or horseback riding. The excursions will end at the winery for a guided, private visit. In the tasting room, you can try a range of Vik’s wines, in the company of an expert who will teach you how to discover the soul of their wines.
After lunch at the hotel, enjoy an afternoon of visits to neighbouring vineyards in the Colchagua Valley and the Apalta Valley. Apalta is famous for its steep slopes, unique climate, and stunning wines. Coastal Mountains, which partially block the cold influence of the Pacific Ocean, make for longer and drier days during the growing season, while temperatures cool down sufficiently at night to produce the right colour and tannins. Wines from this area have a longer ageing potential, due to the slow maturation that preserves the fruit and gives high levels of natural acidity. It is no coincidence then that most of Chile’s iconic premium wines have sprung from this valley over the past decade, and you will have the opportunity to visit some of the following wineries:
- Neyén: This winery seeks to bring out the full potential of ancient vines. The history, intensity and complexity of their fruit are woven into an elegant, balanced and textural blend of the winery’s emblematic varieties: Carménère – the principal component of the blend – and Cabernet Sauvignon. Together they combine to capture the “Spirit of Apalta” in every bottle.
- Montes: Producer of many of Chile’s top-rated wines, Montes is also one of the country’s most beautiful wineries. Among its most iconic products is Purple Angel, a single-varietal Carménère. The Montes family is also leading the way in sustainable winemaking.
- Casa Lapostolle: Founded by the Marnier Lapostolle family, founders and owners of the world-renowned liqueur Grand Marnier, in 1994, Lapostolle has aimed to create world-class wines using French expertise and the superb terroirs of Chile.
- Clos Apalta: Produced by Lapostolle, Clos Apalta is the highest-rated wine in Chilean history. Truly hand-crafted, Clos Apalta is hand-harvested at night, which enhances the fruit used to make this stunning wine.After a busy day, your host will drive you back to the hotel, where you will have a chance to freshen up before dinner.
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Day 3 – Santiago: After breakfast, it will be time to join your host for the drive north to Maipo, one of South America’s most famous wine-producing areas, and home to some of the New World’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon. Today’s programme will focus on small, independent wineries in the central coastal region that few have even heard of, but really should. Wineries located between Santiago and the coast are producing some of the most interesting wines in the country. Each morning a thick cool fog blankets the land, giving way to bright sunshine in the afternoon. Ideal conditions for grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. Not only are these wineries creating a high quality product, they are also adhering to ecologically sound practices. Surprisingly, Chile has by far the largest average winery size of any wine producing nation.
Until recently, capital was very much in the hands of a small group of powerful families, making it difficult—if not impossible—for anyone else to set up on their own, A few years ago an organization was born that slowly but surely began to change all that. MOVI, Chile’s first movement of independent vintners now has 18 members. The requirements for membership of MOVI are that they should be small and quality-oriented, make wine personally, and craft it to reflect a particular vision. Visits will be lead not by marketing people or hired hands, moreover by the very owners or winemakers who are intimately involved in the production process. This programme highlights a handful of such wineries. Lacking the vast infrastructure of the ‘big players’ – no busloads of tourists, no in-house wine store, and in most cases not even a tasting room per se – the visits are all about the excellent wines. Although the definitive programme will be informed a week prior to your arrival, wineries that may or may not be visited include Starry Night, a producer of stunning hand-crafted fine wines, Kingston Family Vineyards, recognized as among the best wineries in Chile, especially for its stunning Pinot Noir, Garage Wine Company, to try its renowned Carignan, and Villard Estate. Perhaps you will end up helping with the harvest or having a barrel tasting. Little about this programme is set in stone. Due to the size, character, and activities of the wineries on the day, those included will vary from one tour to the next, making for the most exclusive and unique experience.
Tastings will focus on premium wines, both red and white, accompanied by local cheeses and other delicacies. This will also be the venue for a lunch in one of the winery. Early this evening you will continue to Santiago to your accommodation, The Singular Santiago.The Singular Santiago is a five-star luxury hotel located in the Lastarria Neighbourhood in the heart of downtown Santiago. The hotel was designed specifically to fit seamlessly into this iconic neighbourhood, which epitomizes the pride and creativity of the people of Santiago.This evening will be at leisure, allowing you to explore the barrio.
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Day 4 – Santiago/ Uco Valley: Founded in 1541, the Chilean capital is today a modern, sprawling, and vibrant metropolis with 7 million inhabitants (40% of Chile’s total population). Flanked on one side by the Andes mountain range, and the Coastal range on the other, the city has a unique natural backdrop. Today, Chile’s capital is a dynamic, modern city where colonial mansions sit among soaring skyscrapers, folk art becomes fashion and Latin and European cultures intertwine. After living in the shadow of other great South American cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, the real boom came a few years ago in celebration of Chile’s bicentennial. Santiago invested a small fortune into the construction of cultural centres, museums, and parks, across the city. Vitacura and Las Condes bloomed with stylish new art galleries, and the somewhat run-down areas of Barrio Brasil, Barrio Italia, and Barrio Lastarria were given a thorough makeover and transformed into a vibrant public arts district, a laid-back and alternative nightlife hub, and a chic gastro area respectively.
The purpose of this half-day tour of Santiago is to highlight the contrasts between the older, centrally located areas and the modern uptown areas. The tour will be conducted in chronological order, allowing the participant to understand the origins of the city, and the urban sprawl over the past 200 years as Santiago turned from town to megapolis, and from 46,000 inhabitants to over 7 million. Highlights will include Cerro Santa Lucía, where the city was founded in 1542, the Plaza de Armas, the Central Market, Estación Mapocho (a former railway station), and La Moneda, the Presidential Palace. The second half of the tour will commence with a visit to the residential areas of Providencia and Ñuñoa, and the cosmopolitan financial districts of Las Condes, before reaching La Dehesa, where the city reaches the foothills of the Andes. This is a superb introduction to the city, offering a ‘big picture’ experience in a short timeframe. At the end of the tour, it will be time to head to Santiago airport for your flight across the Andes to Mendoza or choose an overland transfer of 6-hours through an astonishing mountain scenery.
Arrive this afternoon in Mendoza, centre of Argentina’s wine making, where you will be greeted by your local host. Private road transportation will then be provided to The Vines Resort & Spa, located in the heart of Uco Valley. The Vines of Mendoza is an extraordinary place, rooted in the pleasures of making, drinking and sharing wine, while immersing its guests in the delights of Argentine culture, rustic natural beauty and warm-hearted hospitality. Dinner on your own at the lodge (you can choose from menu a la carte at the lodge’s restaurant or experience “7 Fuegos” where the Internationally acclaimed chef Francis Mallmann creates inspired regional dishes, showcasing Argentina’s famous beef.
Meals included: B L
Day 5 – Uco Valley: After your breakfast, our &Beyond representative will pick you up at your hotel and start your full day at Uco Valley. Clos de los 7 – picnic lunch at the winery The main mower behind the project is Michel Rolland, who, following l5 years as a consultant in Argentina, concluded that this was the country to produce ”grand vin” outside of Europe.The seven partners of the Clos de los Siete group are also household names from France. They are: Lament Dassault, also from Bordeaux, whose family are the owners of Dassault Aviation, well known in France for the construction aircraft, including the famous Falcon passenger jet and Mirage fighter; Benjamin de Rothschild, of Chateau Clarke in Bordeaux, and the financing company, Edmond de Rothschild; the family Cuvelier from the St Julien property of Chateau Léoville Poyferré; the family d’Aulan of the Champagne house Piper Heidsick; Catherine Péré Vergé, former owner of the crystal manufacturer Cristal d’Arque, but also with interests in Bordeaux with Chateau Montviel and Chateau La Graviere. Private VIP visit: three wineries, homemade lunch at the winery accompanied by four wines.After the tour return to your hotel.
Meals included: B L
Day 6 – Uco Valley: Horseback Uco Valley with Lunch in Winery. Today you will start your day by horseback riding in the heart of the Andes Mountains, guided by Ignacio, a local gaucho born and raised in the area. The ride starts crossing oId vineyards and then, after Crossing a shallow river, we start ascending. No experience is required because tame horses will lead us easily to the top of a hill where we will be able to enjoy the magnificent view of the snowy mountains in the west and the green valleys in the East.Six-Step Lunch paired with lines Andeluna Winery
Meals included: B L
Day 7 – Buenos Aires: This morning we wander through the historic sites and elegant parks of Mendoza. Highlights of the city include Parque General San Martin, an impressive 420-hectare (1038 acres) park, and the Mercado Central, which is where locals go hunting for cheap (and very good) pizza, empanadas (savory, stuffed pastries) and sandwiches. It is a must for foodies. After a good look around town, transfer to the airport to board the flight to Buenos Aires.Upon arrival to Buenos Aires you will be greeted by your &Beyond host, who will escort you to your waiting vehicle for the short drive to the hotel. In the evening you will enjoy dinner at a tango hall, to witness one of the most impressive spectacles the city has to offer. Given the sheer number of tango ‘shows’ available in the city, &Beyond will choose the perfect venue that combines the colour, passion, and authenticity that makes tango famous around the world.
Meals included: B L D
Day 8 – Buenos Aires: The final day of the programme will include a walking tour of Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is often compared to European cities like Paris, rightly so in terms of the atmosphere, café culture, and architecture in areas such as Belgrano, Recoleta, and Palermo. However, its European influence stems mainly from Italian cities, in particular Genoa, where immigrants from that city left their mark in La Boca and San Telmo. This tour will explore colourful barrios, elegant and leafy avenues, and will certainly give you a taste of this majestic city. Private transfer to the airport for your outbound flight.
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Valid for travel 01 Oct 2020 - until 31 Dec 2021.
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Contact Journeys Rediscovered to register for our 2021 Small Group Journey (no more than 12 passengers.) Journeys Rediscovered Small Group – Culinary Journey of Chile & Argentina will run with a minimum of 6 passengers.
Alternatively, contact Journeys Rediscovered for pricing to suit your preferred departure dates as a private itinerary, which is guaranteed with a minimum of one person.
Land-based itinerary is based per person on twin/double share basis (unless otherwise stated), single supplement is available, contact Journey Rediscovered for this surcharge.
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