The vineyards of Mendoza
The vineyards of Mendoza
The vineyards of Mendoza
The vineyards of Mendoza
ARGENTINA WINE TOURS
A Luxury Wine and Food Adventure to South America
AN ADRENALINE RUSH BEYOND COMPARE
Imagine giant condors flying over the soaring Andes, vineyards at extreme altitudes, wineries that are temples to extraordinary reds and whites, and feasts of delicious Argentine food. It’s exotic, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it’s an adrenaline rush. South America is a real adventure, and we take you to the best places on a Fine Vintage tour.
From our base at a 5-star hotel in the heart of Mendoza, over 5 days and 4 nights, we set off to visit over 10 benchmark wineries that showcase the finest wines in Argentina. You meet the owners and winemakers and learn about the magic of Malbec, Torrontes, Bonarda and many more. You will even blend your own wine.
Argentinians take their food very seriously. We feast on premium beef at an asado and sample the delicious local specialties. We dine at several wineries, tasting flights of fine wines from the prestige appellations that are right outside the window.
Hosted by a Master of Wine and cared for by Fine Vintage and our local team, this is a first-class tour to Argentina’s epicentre of fine wine. The excitement begins the day you book your adventure to South America.
Come and join us,
JAMES CLUER, MASTER OF WINE
ABOUT THE TOUR & REGION
THE CLASSIC REGIONS OF MENDOZA
We meet at our 5-star hotel in the heart of the action in Mendoza and set off to explore over 10 wineries in the prestigious appellations. The Uco Valley, Luján de Cuyo, and Maipú are all explored in-depth because each of these sub-regions has its own unique characteristics.
Every day, we depart around 10 a.m. for an exploration of 2-3 of the big-name wineries that are driving quality to new heights. We explore the cellars, taste from barrel, sit down to flights of super premium wines, and learn from the leaders in this spectacular region.
There are two big dinners and two free nights, enabling you to enjoy the camaraderie of Team Argentina and also have time to yourself. We take a maximum of 20 people.
On a Fine Vintage tour, you’ll get privileged access to people, places and wines. It’s really quite an experience.
HIGH ALTITUDE VINEYARDS
Many wine regions can claim to be the most picturesque in the world, but Argentina makes a strong case. With the snow-capped Andes towering in the background; condors soaring overhead with 10-foot wing spans; sunshine and bright blue skies for over 300 days a year, it’s definitely a contender.
But when it comes to the discussion about the advantages of high altitude vineyards, it’s game over. Argentina takes the prize. We’ll take you to see some of the most unique vineyard sites in the world.
TERROIRS THAT SING
You may know the sub-regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Napa, but are you familiar with the diverse terroirs of Mendoza? There are fascinating differences between Luján de Cuyo, the Uco Valley and the Maipú. Not only that but even within each sub-region there are special vineyards, like in the Argelo district. We take you to explore and taste the best.
TEMPLES TO BACCHUS
The architectural beauty of many wineries we visit is jaw-dropping. Pyramids, glass ceilings above barrel cellars, authentic ranches, sprawling estates, your days will be visually stimulating.
With the success of the best producers, from family-owned wineries like Catena Zapata to multi-million dollar investments, you will find that Argentina is a serious player in all matters of hospitality. We are proud to get a special welcome from the wineries we visit.
You will enjoy the traditional Argentine asado, where premium beef, chicken, and other meats are grilled to perfection. Fresh salads and vegetables come from the gardens at the wineries; the olive oil comes from the trees you’re looking at; and the bread is baked fresh on-site.
Every day we have lunch at a winery. We also enjoy some special dinners, including our grand finale at Cheval de Los Andes, owned by LVMH and run by the people behind Bordeaux’s Cheval Blanc. We think the food in Argentina is the best in South America.
A 5-STAR HOTEL TO REST YOUR HEAD
A five-star hotel in the center of Mendoza is the perfect place to relax in comfort. There are plenty of shops and restaurants right outside for you to explore during your free time and on the two free evenings.
South America can be a complex place to navigate by yourself. Our Spanish-speaking team will assist, and our Master of Wine host will ensure the wines are explained to perfection.
MEET YOUR HOST
Our Luxury Wine Tours in Argentina are guided by Master of Wine, Geoffrey Moss.
Geoffrey earned his Master of Wine in Fall 2020. He was awarded the prestigious Villa Maria Trophy for his outstanding knowledge of viticulture and the Robert Mondavi Winery Award for the best performance across all the theory papers in the MW exam. This is an extremely rare achievement.
His resumé includes working with Don Triggs at Culmina Family Estate Winery before leading the marketing team at Phantom Creek Estates.
Geoffrey founded Lithica Wine Marketing in 2019, a boutique agency that helps wineries develop effective, customer-centric business and marketing strategies. He runs the wine consulting business from Penticton in the heart of the Okanagan Valley along with Søren Wine. He is one of ten Masters of Wine in Canada.
UPCOMING ARGENTINA WINE TOUR
Included in the price is four nights’ accommodation, all meals during the tour (except for the two free evenings), all winery tours, all wines at the visits, local transport for the duration of the tour, and all taxes and gratuities.
Basically, everything is included except your flights to Mendoza, insurance, and any items of a personal nature.
Before the tour we will send you some useful pre-trip information to help you with your planning. Here you’ll find advice on how to get there, tips on what to wear, other things to do in Argentina, details on the hotel, and what you might like to read in advance.
We visit during the harvest, which is the Fall in Argentina. It’s usually warm and sunny, which makes for the perfect antidote to the frigid winter weather in North America.
Truly once in a lifetime experience
“Visiting Spain impressed us on absolutely every level. It is a country that not only produces quality wine, it has the culinary merit to match alongside a stunning countryside making it a very desirable destination for wine, food, and art aficionados alike. Without question, Fine Vintage’s tour elevated our experience to a level we simply would not have been able to achieve on our own. Exclusive winery access, excellent food pairings, first-rate accommodation, and the incredible depth of knowledge of our guides resulted in a truly once in a lifetime experience.”
ALLISON WALLACE, VANCOUVER, BC
Redefined “fun” for me!
“When I first met James and he told me he did wine tours, I thought it might be fun to go with someone who is as knowledgeable as he is. Then I signed up for Spain… and he redefined “fun” for me… we tasted, we nosed, we swirled, we danced, we sang, and we ATE… and along the way, somewhere between the fabulous hotels and the awe-inspiring vineyards and the heady aromas in the cellars, we became compadres of the grape, students of the moment, and lovers of those things that happen when it’s a carefree time in our lives. Take a tour with James…you will never be the same…”