Chile & Argentina, February 6-21, 2016

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • 16 days
  • Many wineries & tastings
  • Spectacular Andes
  • Gastronomic meals
  • Price 4950 euro

South America, the unique wine tour to Argentina & Chile!

Join us on a fantastic voyage of discovery in the vineyards of Chile and Argentina! And a breath-taking trip over the Andes.

— Chile and Argentina. Two wine countries on each side of the Andes mountain range. Both with grandiose scenery. And some of the very best wines in the New World. Imagine The Pampas extending to the horizon and the snow covered tops of the Andes. But also beautiful vineyards, impressive wineries, and a pulsating Buenos Aires. We will visit several of the very best vineyards including some very high quality producers that have not yet reach world fame. This tour also includes many other tourist and historic attractions. Outstanding wines that match the local gastronomy perfectly. A unique wine and food tour that will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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On the border, welcome to Chile

On the border, welcome to Chile, copyright BKWine Photography

All this and much more is on the program of this two-week trip to South America. The focus of the tour is of course on the wines, the vineyards and the gastronomy. But we will also have plenty of time to experience other things: Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Santiago de Chile, and Valparaiso.

We will enjoy a top-quality tango evening in Buenos Aires. We will taste Chilean pisco sour and will certainly have many occasions to enjoy the delicious Argentinean meat.

The tour is led and managed by Britt Karlsson, BKWine’s internationally well-known wine expert, wine personality of the year 2011, columnist at Forbes.com, and author of several wine books, including “The Creation of a Wine” that was named World’s Best Wine Book for Professionals.

Britt has also been wine judge in several wine competitions in both Chile, and Argentina, as well as in Uruguay and Brazil. We will also have a local South American guide on the trip.

Both Chile and Argentina are wine countries in transformation. Much is happening and much has changed in recent years. New wine regions emerge, new grape varieties are discovered or introduced, new ideas are tested and launched.

Landscape with vineyards in Casablanca Valley

Landscape with vineyards in Casablanca Valley, copyright BKWine Photography

More and more producers talk about the importance of the work in the vineyard. Of harvesting perfectly ripe but not over-ripe grapes. To achieve balance and elegance. The consumers are demanding wines with more freshness; they do not want heavy over-alcoholic wines. We will see all this in detail when we visit the vineyards.

There is an intense energy and experimentation and the wines have never been so good.

Over the course of the tour we will have many wine tastings at some of the very top producers, both well established stars and young ambitious challengers. Perhaps you have not heard of all of them since some have not yet been discovered by the international markets!

We have been many times to South America’s wine regions, both Chile and Argentina, so we have had many opportunities to discover and hand-pick the most interesting producers.

Vineyards in Argentina with the snow capped Andes

Vineyards in Argentina with the snow capped Andes, copyright BKWine Photography

We will start the voyage in Santiago de Chile, Chile’s modern and beautiful capital, spectacularly surrounded by mountains. There are some world class restaurants here as well as cosy bistros.

From Santiago the metropolis we will go south to explore the Chilean wine regions. We will visit Maipo, close to the capital, and the beautiful Colchagua and Cachapoal Valleys. We will finish with the much more recent, but exciting wine district Casablanca that is very close to the coast. We will also visit the historic harbour city of Valparaíso, on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

An old wine cellar at a winery in Chile

An old wine cellar at a winery in Chile, copyright BKWine Photography

After a few days in the vineyards and wine cellars of Chile we will leave the region and have a very memorable day. We will take the bus across the Andes, to Argentina on the other side. Yes, it is a long bus trip, but comfortable and well worth it! It is spectacular with the zigzagging roads and mountain tops. A very special experience.

The Mendoza wine region awaits us on the other side of the Andes. Mendoza is Argentina’s biggest and most important wine region. Two thirds of all Argentinian wine comes from here. Mendoza is impressive, the snow-capped Andes in the background, almost like a stage set, and the brilliant sharp blue sky.

Argentina is a country with a long tradition in making wine. It is considered a New World country but it is very influenced by “old world” winemaking. It has always been the biggest wine consumer in South America and wine has a long history here. With all the Spanish and Italian families that one can find here that should not come as a surprise.

The flag of Argentina

The flag of Argentina, copyright BKWine Photography

Our last two days will be spent in Buenos Aires, this bustling city where Europe and the Americas blend in an exciting mix. Sometimes you may think you are in Paris, sometimes Milan. But it is definitely South America.

The trip takes place in February so it is nice and warm summer weather. The wine harvest is approaching; the grapes are almost ready to be picked.

The trip shows you much of the spectacular landscape in these countries. You also get a fascinating insight into the social, political and business life in two neighbouring countries, similar in some ways but yet, very, very different.

As always on our wine tours, food will also be prominently featured. We will enjoy many gastronomic meals at the wineries we visit. It is almost just as much a gourmet tour or foodie tour as a wine tour! We will try the local specialities, not least the outstanding meat of course, often grilled over open fires. And both Buenos Aires and Santiago have many high-class restaurants. Excellent food is an important part of a wine tour. We certainly think so!

We will be a small wine and food enthusiast group; this tour will have a maximum of 22 participants.

In the San Telmo district in Buenos Aires

In the San Telmo district in Buenos Aires, copyright BKWine Photography

More info

We have written a lot about the Chile and Argentina and about wine touring in the region, what to do and what to expect.

Here you can find more about travelling in South America.

You can also find more information on South American wines on BKWine Magazine.

Program — wine tour to Chile and Argentina

Preliminary program.

There may be changes to some details of the program, e.g. which wineries we visit. As always on our wine tours we put a great emphasis on that the visit will be exceptional and memorable. We do not always visit the most well-known or “famous” wineries (those that have half a dozen guides employed) but instead those that will give you a unique experience.

For more details, contact BKWine.

Program overview

  • Day 1 — Departure from home for Santiago de Chile
  • Day 2 — Arrival in Santiago de Chile
  • Day 3 — Cachapoal and Santa Cruz
  • Day 4-6 — Wine and food in Chile, the Colchagua wine district
  • Day 7 — Maipo and Santiago de Chile
  • Day 8 — Valparaíso and the wine region of Casablanca
  • Day 9 — A spectacular crossing of the Andes to Mendoza in Argentina
  • Day 10-12 — The wine regions of Mendoza and Uco Valley
  • Day 13 — To Buenos Aires, city tour
  • Day 14 — Buenos Aires, with farewell evening with tango show
  • Day 15 — Departure from Buenos Aires
  • Day 16 — Arrival at home

Day 1, Saturday, February 6 — Departure for South America

You leave from your home location. (Departure and arrival will be different depending on what your departure location is. See more info below.)

Day 2, Sunday, February 7 — Arrival in Santiago (Chile)

Arrival in the morning at Santiago de Chile International Airport. In most cases you will arrive on an over-night flight.

The Chilean flag

The Chilean flag, copyright BKWine Photography

As people will arrive at different times during the day, please take a taxi to our Santiago hotel. The transfer from the airport to the hotel will take you around 30 minutes.

Our hotel in Santiago is the Hotel Torremayor Lyon****. The hotel is very central, located in the Providencia district, an elegant part of the city with many shops and restaurants. It is also close to the river and to one of the most charming restaurant areas of the city.

The rest of the day is free to relax. After the long flight a walk will probably be welcome or maybe a swim in the hotel’s roof-top pool.

In the evening we all meet for dinner. Time to get to know each other and have our first tasting of Chilean wines.

A glass of wine in the evening in Chile

A glass of wine in the evening in Chile, copyright BKWine Photography

Day 3, Monday, February 8 — Cachapoal and Santa Cruz (Chile)

We check out from the hotel in the morning and begin our exploration of the Chilean wine regions. We travel south, some 80 kilometres, and arrive in the Cachapoal region.

De Martino Grand Reserva Legado Merlot Valle de Maipu 2010 and Carmenere

De Martino Grand Reserva Legado Merlot Valle de Maipu 2010 and Carmenere

The landscape here is charming and beautiful. We will visit a winery that is surrounded by hilltops and vineyard fields to the horizon. In this region summer is warm and dry and both Carmenère and Cabernet Sauvignon thrive here. After the visit and tasting we will sit down and relax and enjoy a delicious lunch at the winery.

After lunch we continue to another of the famous wine districts in Chile, to Colchagua and the town of Santa Cruz, a small town in the Chilean country-side. We are now some 200 kilometres (125 miles) south of Santiago.

We check in to the Hotel Santa Cruz Plaza****, a beautiful hotel in hacienda style. We will stay here for four nights.

Our hotel is very comfortable with a lovely swimming pool, a SPA, bars, two restaurants and even a cultural and historic museum. In the town you can also find some traditional restaurants that serve genuine and hearty food.

The evening is free.

A mansion at a winery in Chile

A mansion at a winery in Chile, copyright BKWine Photography

Day 4, Tuesday, February 9 — Colchagua: Viña VIK – a spectacular project (Chile)

Today we will make a visit to the exiting Viña VIK winery, a project created by the Norwegian financier and entrepreneur Alexander Vik. It is a spectacular place with the ambition to make one of the world’s best wines.

Serving delicious wine from a magnum

Serving delicious wine from a magnum, copyright BKWine Photography

The first vintage of this Bordeaux-inspired wine was made in 2009. The Norwegian businessman Alexander Vik asked Patrick Valette to find land suitable to make wine in Chile or Argentina. Patrick’s family previously owned Chateau Pavie in Saint Emilion, one of the most prestigious chateaux in Bordeaux, so he was well qualified for the task.

When Patrick had found the right land for the project he was also asked to take charge of the wine production and of the whole project.

Today they have some 300 hectares (740 acres) planted but they plan to grow. The whole property covers some 4000 hectares (10,000 acres). The new wine cellar building was inaugurated for the 2014 vintage and is quite spectacular… All about this estate is spectacular. Not least our lunch here!

We will try a few different vintages of this rare and exclusive wine and then it is time for a lovely asado lunch in the shade under the trees. We will enjoy the views of the landscape, the wine, the food…

In the afternoon we will be back at our hotel.

The rest of the afternoon and evening is free. What about meeting at the pool for an early evening pisco sour?

Vineyards on the hillside, Chile

Vineyards on the hillside, Chile, copyright BKWine Photography

Day 5, Wednesday, February 10 — Blend-your-own-wine workshop in Colchagua (Chile)

Today we will have some practical exercises at a winery called Montgras in Colchagua. A modern winery that also has a “library” of different grape varieties in the vineyard.

Alpaca lama at a winery in Chile

Alpaca lamas at a winery in Chile, copyright BKWine Photography

We start the day with a visit to the vineyard where they have a conservatory of different grape varieties. After that the hard work begins.

We will learn the art of blending wine. You will start with “raw material” in the form of tank samples of different grape varieties and the task is to make the best possible blend. Just like the winemakers do. How do they get the perfect blend? Easy or difficult? You will judge for yourself!

When you are happy with your blend and your very own wine is bottled and labelled (and safely in your bag) we will hop on our bus to go up to the hilly region of Ninquén where Montgras has one if their vineyards. We will have an al fresco barbecue in the vineyards with salmon ceviche and empanadas, grilled meat, fresh fish en papillote, fresh fruit and delicious salads. With a number of different wines from Montgras.

After lunch we will have time for one more winery visit. Late afternoon we come back to our hotel for some free time to spend, maybe around the swimming pool.

Blending workshop at a winery

Blending workshop at a winery, copyright BKWine Photography

Day 6, Thursday, February 11 — Colchagua (Chile)

We will spend one more day in beautiful Colchagua. First we will visit an organic wine producer and then we will go to an exclusive boutique winery and restaurant.

Geese in the vineyard at a winery in Chile

Geese in the vineyard at a winery in Chile, copyright BKWine Photography

We will visit Cono Sur in Chimbarongo, well-known for their excellent wines but also for their efforts in developing organic and sustainable wine growing. They have geese in the vineyards that munch on some of the dangerous (for the vines) insects. They have planted trees in and around the vineyards to improve biodiversity. They will tell us much more about their work with the environment.

Another estate on the program today is the high quality boutique winery Viña Bisquertt. Bisquertt is a family-owned winery that was one of the pioneers in Colchagua.

We will have lunch at a third winery, at Viu Manent, in their top-quality restaurant Rayuela Wine & Grill. We will be treated to local food specialities that match perfectly the wines from cabernet, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and malbec from the winery.

Late afternoon we will be back in Santa Cruz. Evening on your own. Feel like something different? Surprisingly, there is a sushi restaurant in the small town, just around the corner from the hotel!

An old wine cellar at a winery in Chile

An old wine cellar at a winery in Chile, copyright BKWine Photography

Day 7, Friday, February 12 — Santiago de Chile

We checkout and leave our hotel in Santa Cruz in the morning and head for Santiago. On our way back we will stop at a winery for lunch.

At the Emiliana vineyards in Casablanca Valley

At the Emiliana vineyards in Casablanca Valley, copyright BKWine Photography

Just before we reach the capital we make a stop at a vineyard in Maipo, the well-known Undurraga estate. We start with an interesting tour of the estate that among other things includes a visit to their private museum with old Indian art and craft, they have some beautiful pieces on display, and a wine tasting of course.

This is followed by an asado in their quiet and calm garden. There will be several different types of things on the grill, not least an entire Patagonian lamb.

Undurraga is one of the classic wine producers in Chile, founded in the 19th century by Don Francisco Undurraga. They make a wide range of wines, from everyday wines to top quality wines from several different regions in Chile. In recent years their sparkling wines have received much attention.

After lunch, when we arrive in Santiago, we check in to our Hotel Torremayor Lyon where we will stay for two more nights.

The afternoon is dedicated to discovering Santiago. Our bus will take us around to the city sights. We will visit the historic districts around the presidential palace and the lively Plaza de Armas with its Baroque cathedral and the beautiful post office (!). We will go up to the Cerro San Cristóbal where you have the best view over the city and over the Andes and where we can admire the gigantic statue of the Virgin Mary keeping watch over the city.

In the evening you can spend time discovering some of the restaurants, cafés and wine bars in the city, many just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel.

Lunch among the vines at Emiliana in Casablanca Valley

Lunch among the vines at Emiliana in Casablanca Valley, copyright BKWine Photography

Day 8, Saturday, February 13 — Valparaiso and Casablanca (Chile)

We make an early morning start to drive out to the coast to visit the historic harbour city of Valparaiso.

View over Valparaiso in Chile

View over Valparaiso in Chile, copyright BKWine Photography

The road to Valparaíso (that the Chileans pronounce Valpara-E-so) passes through the wine region of Casablanca that has recently become famous for its excellent white wines. Some experts say that the peculiar micro-climate here, close to the coast, is perfect for growing grapes.

There are not only vineyards but also e.g. lemon grooves, avocados (called palta in Chile) and flower nurseries.

Valparaiso is the most important port city in Chile. It has a special character, built on 42 hills. They have unique trams that take you across the city. Colourful houses line the incredibly steep streets. We will do a walking tour of the historic quarters. Put on good shoes!

After a morning of sightseeing in Valparaiso we leave town and head back towards Santiago. But we make an important stop along the way, in the vineyards of Casablanca.

We will enjoy a lunch at one of the quality wine producers in Casablanca. It will be a magnificent asado campestre, a country-style barbecue, a wonderful gastronomic and oenological end to the Chilean part of our wine and food tour.

Late afternoon we return to Santiago and the rest of the day and the evening is free. Perhaps a visit to a wine bar (or two) for some tapas after our asado lunch? Or time to try another peculiar food speciality: a Chilean hot dog!

View over the vineyards and the mountains in Chile

View over the vineyards and the mountains in Chile, copyright BKWine Photography

Day 9, Sunday, February 14 — Spectacular crossing of the Andes, to Mendoza, Argentina

Today we say goodbye to Santiago and to Chile and board our bus that will take us over the Andes to Argentina. The trip will take the better part of the day. Not all of it is spent in the bus though since the border crossing can take quite some time. In total the trip will take approx. 6 to 8 hours.

The snow capped mountain tops of the Andes

The snow capped mountain tops of the Andes, copyright BKWine Photography

It is a really spectacular trip, well worth spending a good part of the day in a bus. The landscape is fascinating and magnificent. At the border crossing we will have reached 3500 metres (almost 12 000 feet). We can see in the distance Aconcagua, the highest mountain top of the Andes and of the whole of the Americas with its 6959 metres (22 831 feet).

The road across the Andes is very good but very winding. 27 curves on one mountain side is the record. We pass ski resorts, mountain ranges of varying colour and shapes, deserts, small villages, rivers and spectacular views. The landscape changes all the time.

We will stop for lunch on our way.

When we arrive in Mendoza city we check in at the Hotel Sheraton Mendoza*****, in the centre of city of Mendoza. Here we will stay for four nights. This elegant and majestic hotel has several restaurants, for example one on the 17th floor, the highest in Mendoza, with a magnificent 360 view over the city and the Andes as well as a pool.

Free evening to discover Mendoza. We will be happy to give you our best recommendations for restaurants.

The winding road across the Andes between Chile and Argentina

The winding road across the Andes between Chile and Argentina, copyright BKWine Photography

Day 10, Monday, February 15 — Wine in Mendoza, the Lujan de Cuyo region (Argentina)

Lujan de Cuyo is an important part of the Mendoza wine region. We will spend the day here. In Lujan de Cuyo we find a number of the most famous Mendoza wineries. Our bus will pick us up after breakfast and we have a 40 minute drive to our first winery visit.

Tasting wines at the Melipal winery in Mendoza

Tasting wines at the Melipal winery in Mendoza, copyright BKWine Photography

We start at Bodegas Krontiras, a new winery founded in 2004 by Constantinos Krontiras and his wife Silvina Macipe-Krontiras. It is a small, exclusive estate with a brand new cellar. The estate is organic since 2008 and certified biodynamic since 2012. There are some very old vines of Malbec and Tempranillo and also olive trees.

We will have a delicious lunch at the famous Bodega Norton, one of the old wineries in Mendoza. It was created in 1895 by an engineer, Edmund Norton. He came to Mendoza when the railway was being built. He had a vision of making good quality wine when he saw the stony soil, the slopes and felt the fresh winds. A vision that came true. Norton is today famous for many types of wines, their Malbec not least.

Our afternoon visit will be to a small, high quality family winery. This is a very ambitious producer with an artisan winemaking process and a lot of care in every detail. The vineyards are situated at between 900 and 1100 metres above sea level. The varieties that they have planted are Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Semillon and Torrontes.

Late afternoon we will be back at the hotel in Mendoza.

Free evening to explore Mendoza. Perhaps an evening stroll on the Plaza Independencia where they have a late night arts and crafts market?

A traditional asado barbecue at a vineyard in Argentina

A traditional asado barbecue at a vineyard in Argentina, copyright BKWine Photography

Day 11, Tuesday, February 16 — Wine in Mendoza, the Uco Valley (Argentina)

Today we go a little further south, to the beautiful Uco Valley. It is about an hour and a half’s drive along the country-side roads before we arrive at the vineyards.

The barrel cellar with grand piano, Bodega Salentein

The barrel cellar with grand piano, Bodega Salentein, copyright BKWine Photography

Valle de Uco has in recent years become more and more attractive to growers in Mendoza. Many people have bought land here and built spectacular wineries.

The valley is closer to the Andes than other parts of Mendoza and the vines are grown at very high altitudes.

The grapes mature slowly due to cool nights which give added flavour and refreshing acidity to the wines. Above the vineyards towers Mount Tupungato, a still active volcano and one of the highest mountains in South America.

We will visit 2 or 3 different wineries here in Uco Valley. We will have lunch at the organic French-owned winery Domaine Bousquet, Argentina’s biggest exporter of organic wine.

Early evening we are back in Mendoza. The evening is free for your own activities.

Domaine Bousquet vineyards and the Andes

Domaine Bousquet vineyards and the Andes, copyright BKWine Photography

Day 12, Wednesday, February 17 — Wine in Mendoza, the Maipú (Argentina)

Today we will visit a few different estates, for example the important winery called Finca Flichman, a very old estate.

A tender piece of Argentinean meat for lunch

A tender piece of Argentinian meat for lunch, copyright BKWine Photography

Finca Flichman is not only one of the biggest wineries but also one of the biggest exporters of Argentinian wine. They have done a lot of work on modern wine production techniques, both in the vineyards and in the cellar. Today they are owned by the Portuguese wine group Sogrape.

We will also visit a smaller family-owned vineyard where we will be invited to lunch. The family has been making wine in Mendoza for four generations.

We will first go for a walk in the vineyard. One of the things you must do on a wine tour is to inspect the vines and taste the grapes. This will be one more opportunity. We will have a tasting of their wines and then it is time for aperitif with some tasty bruschetta made with the olive oil from their own olive grove. Then we will sit down for a delicious home-cooked lunch.

Late afternoon we will be back at the hotel in Mendoza. Free evening.

A view over a winery and the Andes in Mendoza

A view over a winery and the Andes in Mendoza, copyright BKWine Photography

Day 13, Thursday, February 18 — To Buenos Aires, city tour (Argentina)

Today we board an early morning flight to Buenos Aires, some 1000 kilometres (620 miles) east of Mendoza. Our bus will meet us at the airport and our own local guide will take us on a sight-seeing tour around the city.

The pink presidential palace in Buenos Aires

The pink presidential palace in Buenos Aires, copyright BKWine Photography

We will also hop off the bus to have a closer look on some of the sites on foot, for example the famous Recoleta cemetery where Evita Peron is buried.

We will see some of the most famous sites, like the Plaza de Mayo with the pink presidential palace called, naturally, Casa Rosada, the impressive congress, and colonial churches such as Santo Domingo. We will also explore the colourful La Boca harbour district.

The tour will take a few hours. Halfway along the route we will stop at a restaurant to have lunch. It will be in the Puerto Madero district, a part of the city that has recently been totally renovated. Old warehouses along the Rio de la Plata River have been transformed into fashionable shops, charming cafés and friendly restaurants overlooking the water. With it we will have some typical Argentinian wines from some of the less well-known – but no less interesting – grape varieties, such as torrontés and bonarda.

Later in the afternoon check in at our hotel in Buenos Aires, Hotel Intersur Recoleta ****. The hotel is very central, located in the Recoleta district, a historically interesting and elegant part of the city. It is also close to the main shopping areas and several museums.

A church at the Recoleta cemetery in Buenos Aires

A church at the Recoleta cemetery in Buenos Aires, copyright BKWine Photography

Day 14, Friday, February 19 — Buenos Aires and its sights, tango evening (Argentina)

Today you can stroll around the city on your own, have a strong Argentinian espresso in a café, or a glass of wine, and visit a museum or just rest.

Tango on a street corner

Tango on a street corner, copyright BKWine Photography

In the evening we will meet again, for our final dinner together. And not only a dinner, we will also experience a magnificent tango performance.

We will head for the Abasto district that previously was host to the big fruit and vegetable markets in Buenos Aires. The district is also famous thanks to Carlos Gardel, the tango musician and singer, who lived here most of his life.

We will enjoy a spectacular tango show at the theatre that today carries his name, Esquina Carlos Gardel.

After a three-course dinner the show starts. Tango is a genuine Argentinian creation and the show will show you how authentic tango has evolved from the early 1920 to today.

Today we think of tango as something elegant and glamorous but originally it was the working class and the brothels that pioneered it. The upper classes saw the daring moves as quite shocking. We can promise you a very special, artful and skilful show with dance, music and song.

The Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires

The Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, copyright BKWine Photography

Day 15, Saturday, February 20 — Leave Buenos Aires for home

Today it is time to leave Argentina and South America. The tour ends after breakfast at the hotel. We will be glad to help you organise and coordinate your transfer to the airport to fit with all different flight plans, home or to continue your journey.

Day 16, Sunday, February 21 — Arrival back home

Arrival back to your home location, depending on your flight arrangements.

The program may be subject to minor modifications.

Vineyards on the hillside, Chile

Vineyards on the hillside, Chile, copyright BKWine Photography

Fact sheet — Wine tour to Argentina and Chile

Dates: February 6-21, 2016

Price per person: 4950 euro

Single room supplement: 1200 euro

(Subject to changes of airport and flight taxes and changes in the dollar exchange rate. See our terms and conditions.)

Included in the price:

  • Start point: Santiago de Chile. End point: Buenos Aires
  • Transport
    • Flight Mendoza-Buenos Aires
    • Bus (*) from Santiago de Chile to Mendoza (Argentina), across the Andes
    • Bus (*) during all days of visits as described in the program
  • 13 nights in hotels at 4-star and 5 -star hotels, including breakfast
  • Meals (**), all meals as described in the program above, including wine, in other words:
    • 11 high quality gastronomic lunches with local specialities, including wines and tastings, in most cases as guests at wineries, or at local restaurants
    • One welcome dinner in Santiago de Chile
    • One farewell dinner including tango show in Buenos Aires
  • Day excursion as per the above program, including entry fees when relevant
  • All winery visits, including extensive private tastings (approx 20 in total)
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Wine guiding and wine tutoring by BKWine’s expert guide and co-founder, Britt Karlsson (see more below)

(*) Comfortable private tourism coach.

(**) See below for more useful information on our meals.

Guiding is in English.

Not included:

  • Travel to the destination and back to your home location.

You arrange your own travel to Santiago de Chile and back home from Buenos Aires (Argentina).

If you want assistance with organising your flight tickets, please contact us.

We warmly recommend spending a few days extra if you want to prolong your vacation.

For this trip to take place we must have a minimum of 16 participants registered at the “book before” date. Maximum number of travel guests: 22.

Flights

We have chosen to not include the flights in this tour. Here’s why.

We have customers coming from many different countries, and even different continents. By allowing you to book your own flights it gives you maximum flexibility in how and when to travel.

Today it is also in many cases cheaper to buy flight tickets as an individual than as a tour operator (especially a small and highly specialised niche tour operator). We have chosen to put all our effort into creating an exceptional travel program and still keep the cost reasonable, instead of including a flight booking service and therefore have to cut corners on the on-location program. In this way, you as a travel guest, get much more value for your money we believe.

We will do all we can to make it easy for you to arrange your travel and can also put you in contact with our travel agent partner if you want more assistance with booking flights. Do contact us if you have any questions regarding flight arrangements.

We can also assist you in booking additional hotel nights.

Special booking and cancellation conditions

For the Chile and Argentina wine tour special booking conditions apply, different from those in our general Terms & Conditions.

Cancellation of booking can be done according to the following:

  • More than 60 days before the beginning of the trip: the Traveller pays a fee equivalent to the Booking Fee.
  • 46 to 60 days before the beginning of the trip: the Traveller pays a fee equivalent to 75% of the total price.
  • 45 days or less before the beginning of the trip: the Traveller pays the full fee.

Please note: BKWine does not sell “cancellation insurance” or “travel insurance”. We advise you to contact you regular insurer or a travel insurance specialist.

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Book before: October 15, 2015

Booking is confirmed by paying the booking fee of 950 EUR. Full payment should be received at the latest 60 days before the departure date (see our terms and conditions). Details on how to pay will be sent to you when you register.

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More on our wine tours

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About the wine producers and wineries we visit

One of Chile's famous winemakers

One of Chile’s famous winemakers, copyright BKWine Photography

Our aim is that you shall experience some of the best and most interesting that the wine region has to offer, both of wine and food.

We put a big effort into finding and creating outstanding winery visits. Often it will not be the most “famous” and internationally well-known wineries that will give you the best and most unique experiences…

It is usually when you get to meet the winemaker or winery owner himself (or often herself) that the visits become really exciting. And perhaps we even meet the whole family at the estate.

You start discussing and start to understand what it is they do and why in the winery and in the vineyard. Maybe we will also have lunch in the winery or at their home. Need we say we invariably have private wine tastings at the wineries?

That is why our trips are not “jam packed” with visits at wineries. Nevertheless we often run short of time since the discussions – and the wine tastings – can easily become very engaging…

Our wine country tours typically include a mix of small family producers, exclusive boutique wineries and larger internationally well-known wine estates, all selected with great care so that it will give you a unique experience of the people and of the behind-the-scenes in the winery and a good understanding of the wine district’s characteristics, tradition and culture.

At the time of publishing a travel program not all visits have been finalised. We are continuously working on improving the program. The domaines / wineries / châteaux that we visit on a tour may therefore sometimes differ from what was written in the original program. Contact us if you want more details, or if you have any special requests.

On meals: food and gastronomy

Preparing a wine tasting and lunch

Preparing a wine tasting and lunch

Wine and food are intimately linked. That is part of our wine travel philosophy; wine is an integral part of the gastronomy.

A wine tour with BKWine will therefore also be a gastronomic experience.

The meals that are included in a tour with BKWine are on a gourmet level and of very high standard.

Sometimes we will have a meal with a winemaker, perhaps in the wine cellar or at the winery, or even in their home. This is a unique experience that is generally not open to other visitors to wineries. It is an occasion to experience exciting combinations of food and wine while discussing with the people who made the wine.

Sometimes we will have a luxurious meal at a gourmet restaurant. At other times it may be not at a prestigious luxury address but at a local restaurant selected for its presentation of local gastronomic specialities, its atmosphere and its quality – a place where locals go. Or perhaps it will be a buffet lunch made at home by the winemaker and his wife. In all cases we want to show you local gastronomic specialities and the local food and wine pairings.

Do not expect a picnic with salad and sausage from the supermarket and wine in plastic mugs… Think instead of a wine-and-dine experience with specially composed menu with three or four courses and delicious wines.

A wine tour with BKWine is also a culinary experience both for the wine enthusiast and for the gourmet. A gourmet wine tour!

Why travel with BKWine?

Wine slowly aging in the barrel cellar

Wine slowly aging in the barrel cellar, copyright BKWine Photography

We are experts and specialists in wine and food tours and wine tourism, but also in wine in a broader perspective.

No other tour operator has a comparable knowledge and experience of wine, wine regions, wine tours and gourmet travel as BKWine.

We have organised hundreds of wine and food tours. This is what we love to do, because it is fun and exciting. What we want more than anything is to share with you all these wonderful experiences.

It does not matter if you are “a total novice” on wine and food or if you have a life-long experience in the wine sector. We will give you a very special experience, in a way that no other tour operator can do.

We write in specialised wine magazines and one of our books has won the prize as best wine book in the world. We are regularly called on to be part of judging panels in wine competitions.

We personally visit some 300 vineyards every year. We have organised several hundreds of wine and food tours with an experience going back more than twenty years. We are invited as speakers at wine tourism and culinary touring conferences.

We choose our tour destinations and winery visits with great care. Not because a winery happens to be carrying a “famous name” but because they will give our guests — you! — a unique and special experience. You may be looking for a short wine week-end holiday or a longer wine vacation; in all cases you can be confident that you will get a top quality tour, an experience of a lifetime. Or at least one that will last you until the next time you come on a wine tour with BKWine. Many of our travellers are returning clients.

A wine and food tour with BKWine is always guided by a knowledgeable and experienced BKWine guide and tour manager, someone who knows the ins and outs of wine, of the local gastronomy, of the culture and who speaks the language.

Some accolades we at BKWine and our wine and food tours have received:

  • “World’s Top Wine Tours” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, the world’s biggest travel magazine
  • “Best wine tasting holidays”, AOL Travel’s list of top wine tours
  • “Recommended Wine Tours” by Munskankarna, the world’s biggest wine tasting and wine appreciation association
  • “World’s Best Wine Book for Professionals” as well as “Best Wine Book of the Year” in Sweden 2010 for the book The Creation of a Wine
  • “Best wine book for Professionals” again in 2012 in Sweden, as well as silver, runner-up, as “World’s Best Educational Wine Book” for the book Wine and the Environment
  • “Wine Personality of the Year” by Munskankarna, the world’s biggest wine tasting and wine appreciation association
  • On the Wine Media Power List by Wine Business International Magazine (Britt, 2012)

Read more on why to choose BKWine for a wine and food tour.

Read more on what previous travellers have said about our tours.

Important information

Our groups are always small. The group size may vary, sometimes maximum 8, sometimes 20, but always of a modest size (we do not do “minimum 20, maximum 45″). Check the details in each program. This is important since it guarantees a quality experience and a personal welcome at the wineries we visit.

BKWine is a Swedish registered travel organiser. BKWine has a bonded travel guarantee deposit so that you can feel safe when booking with us. We fully comply with European and Swedish travel guarantee regulations. British travellers may be familiar with the ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) protection scheme which is a similar model. BKWine follows the code of conduct and financial safeguards defined by the Swedish Consumer Agency and The Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (“Kammarkollegiet”, with a history dating back to 1539). Read more about this in our Booking Terms and Conditions.

Read the BKWine Booking Terms and Conditions here. They are important to you!

You organise your travel independently to the destination for most of our tours but on location we take care of everything.

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Subscribe to our free wine and travel newsletter, the BKWine Brief. Each month it gives you news from the world of wine, restaurant recommendations, tips on our favourite wine producers and much more. And keeps you updated on upcoming wine and food tours.

Custom Tours

We also do custom wine and food tours if you want to choose different dates or if you want something different than what we currently offer on our scheduled tours – for individuals, companies, professionals, wine tastings clubs etc.

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