Argentina is the 5th largest producer of wine in the world. Since less than 6% of this massive production is exported, chances are that you have never tried the wines we’ll be sampling. You will have the opportunity to meet the owners of the wineries, sample a huge variety of fine wines; it’s akin to visiting the Napa Valley in 1972! Other available diversions include horseback riding in the Andes, golf and wing shooting. This is the perfect addition to a Patagonia flyfishing trip. Three to six day tours are available.

The following is a sample itinerary:

Day 1:
You are picked up at your lodgings in San Martin de los Andes for our trip to Mendoza.

We’ll spend the day traveling up Ruta 40, drinking in the scenery. We’ll spend the evening in Malargue.

Day 2:
We will arrive at midday in Mendoza and have lunch at Finca La Celia winery. Next, we’ll visit the Norton Winery in the Perdriel area. This evening, we’ll tour the Terrazas winery and stay at the winery’s private lodge.

Day 3:
We will visit the Fabre Montmayou & Nieto Senetiner wineries at Vistalba. We’ll have lunch at Zuccardi winery with Ximena Turner, their exquisite RRPP.

After lunch, we’ll visit Finca Flichman and enjoy evening cheese and wine at Dolium with owner Mario Giradorou. This evening, we’ll return to the Terrazas Lodge.

Day 4:
Today, we’ll visit the Catena winery and enjoy lunch out at Septima winery. After lunch we’ll drive into the Valle de Uco and visit Salentein winery.From here, we’ll head up to the Salentein Lodge, a friendly, small 4-room lodge in the Andes foothills. Those who wish may go out for a horse ride into the mountains.

Day 5:
We’ll drive out through the spectacular foothill countryside to the Clos de los 7 and the Monteviejo winery, Mendoza’s most storied winery. Here, we’ll enjoy a private lunch with Phillipe Schell, the owner and manager.

After lunch we’ll drive through the valley up to 7.000 feet to our evening lodge, Estancia los Chulengos. Here, we’ll be received by Ismael Palma and his wife to enjoy a night up in the mountains. We won’t have electricity, but they’ll be plenty of wine and food to keep us warm!

Day 6:
The next morning we’ll head out for Cordoba on a 4 hour drive through the western desert land of Argentina. We arrive at our lodgings, “La Juliana,” in the village of San Javier at the southwest tip of the Cordoba province. Here we’ll enjoy a thorough barbecue lunch and free afternoon to play golf, enjoy a siesta, or simply gaze at the awesome scenery from our gallery.

In the evening we go out to diner to the pleasant 4 Ventos restaurant where local musicians will entertain us with great voices and guitars singing melodic Argentine folk songs.

PLEASE NOTE: The musicians improve proportionally to the amount of wine we serve them as the show moves on!