Imagine yourself surrounded by the kind of scenery that most people only visit in their dreams: 22,000-foot, snow dusted peaks; valleys filled with soft rows of grape vines; and beautiful, cloud-speckled blue skies. Now, imagine that you are holding a tantalizingly good looking glass of Malbec. You breathe in the tannins and take your first sip. It is balanced, smooth, easy to drink, and, most importantly, delicious. Not only is it amazing because you are sitting at the very vineyard that the wine comes from, but also because you just completed a stunningly picturesque bike ride in the foothills of the Andes. Now that you can practically taste the wine on your lips, imagine nine days of blissful moments like this one. With ALA’s Chile and Argentina Wine Country Adventure, you will wine, dine, hike, bike and horseback your way from Mendoza, Argentina to Santiago, Chile.
Located in the heart of the Andes, Chile and Argentina are world-renowned for both their beauty and their wine. Grapes were first introduced to the regions in the 16th century, when Spanish conquistadors brought vines over during colonization. Today, Chile is the fifth largest exporter of wine in the world, while Argentina is the fifth largest producer. During your South American wine adventure, you will visit wineries in both countries. While there you will learn the history of the vineyard, as well as how they produce their wine. And, obviously, you will taste some truly spectacular vintages!
While the wines maybe the highlight of this trip, we can’t forget about the spectacular scenery, which elevates (no pun intended) this adventure to a whole new level. Whether you are biking along endless rows of grape vines, or taking in the views of Mt. Aconcagua (the tallest peak in the Western and Southern Hemispheres) from Lake Horcones while enjoying a delicious picnic lunch, you cannot help but have your breath taken away by the landscapes surrounding you.
After nine days of fabulous food, wine and vistas, you can’t help but return to the “real world” a relaxed and changed person. With mountain air in your lungs, and tannins still tickling your tongue, you’ll be raising a glass to your Chile and Argentina Wine Country Adventure for months to come.