WINE COUNTRY

Home to some of the world’s finest vineyards, plying their craft for hundreds of years, the wine country in South America is a delight for those who enjoy their grapes! Seek out your personal favorite vineyard or go visit one you’ve never heard of, either way the experience is sure to be spectacular. Almost entirely located in the foothills of the Andes, due to the fertile soil there, the views compete for your attention with the wines themselves.

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Argentina

From Cafayate in the north, through to staple names such as Mendoza and La Rioja, Argentina’s wine country is booming with grapes anywhere they will grow. The most popular red wine, in terms of quantity exported, from Argentina is Malbec, a variety of the Bordeaux grape introduced in Argentina in the mid 1800’s. Argentina is the world’s foremost producer of Malbec wines, outstripping even its original variety in France.

If white wine is more in tune with your flavor profile, Torrontés is Argentina’s signature grape, native to the Argentine soil. With a floral aroma and a palate reminiscent of tropical-fruits, this delicate wine is in high demand the world over. No matter what section of Patagonia you are adventuring in, a visit to a nearby vineyard is the perfect way to cap off a day of adrenaline and excitement.

Chile

Chile’s vast differences in climate, topography, and soil produce an astounding variety of Chilean wines, from rich cabernets to delicate sauvignon blancs. Winemaking in Chile dates to the arrival of the Conquistadores in the 16th century. Since then, the wine industry has only grown, going from strength to strength, and become one of the world’s foremost winemaking countries. Chile’s wineries span 800 miles and are divided into 14 distinct regions. Carmenére is to Chile what Malbec is to Argentina. Although not a native grape, it has blossomed in South American soil and become Chile’s leading export.

Chile also produces excellent chardonnays, a perfect finisher after a hot and sweaty day of exploring Chile’s diverse terrain. This terrain is largely responsible for the quality growing conditions in Chile. Protected from disease on all sides, either by the towering Andes or the boundless Pacific Ocean, Chile’s wineries also experience a wide variety of micro climates. From valleys in the Andes that offer a wide range of sun exposure, to cooling ocean breezes, to rich mountain soil, Chile is able to grow an astounding variety of grapes. Don’t miss out on spending an afternoon ripening in the sun with a glass of your favorite vintage.

Peru

While not as large-scale or well known as Chilean or Argentinian vineyards, wine in Peru dates back to the arrival of the European conquistadors. Vineyards in Peru often split their production between wine and Pisco, a brandy made of wine grapes and the national liquor of Peru. This two in one tasting opportunity is a great way to round off your Peruvian adventure.

Colombia

Although not traditionally known for its vineyards, Marqués de Villa de Leyva is putting Colombian wine on the map. With many awards under its belt in last four or five years, this is a beautiful area where you can not only taste some fine wines but tour the whole facilities and learn about production as well.

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