Wine Retreats in South America-Total Luxury

 

Wine Retreats in South America: Eat, Sleep, and Drink in Total Luxury

By Nathalie Aucutt

Stunning scenery and sensational wines–what’s not to love about South America’s wine regions? Little known wineries in Brazil and the wine hot spots of Chile and Argentina never fail to disappoint, and, after spending a week in Mendoza last November, I can certainly vouch for the quality of the wine–and the steak! Let me tell you a little about my own experience there…

Taking the Vitivinicola bus, we were picked up and dropped off at 4 different wineries in Mendoza, including Casarena, Vistalba, Clos de Chacras, and Tierras Altas. Our day trip was fantastic and very well organized, enabling us to learn so much about the whole winemaking process, tour diverse vineyards, and taste plenty of delicious wine. We also had time for a fabulous lunch in Clos de Chacras in which each of the courses was paired with one of their wines–a new experience we really enjoyed.

However, if you and your travel companion have more time, hiring a car is recommended. In these ruggedly beautiful lands, overflowing with rich winemaking history and a flair for the finer things in life, you’ll be able to sample some of the world’s best vino tinto and indulge yourselves in internationally acclaimed wine tastings with accommodations to match. From one-day tours to weeklong excursions, there is something to suit everyone.

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Lapostolle

Residence at Lapostolle, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Warm, but cooled with a Pacific breeze, Colchagua is a textbook wine-growing region in central Chile. Just 100 miles south of Chile’s capital, Santiago, it’s said to be reminiscent of the Napa Valley, with many vineyards, tree-covered hills, and a fresh river running through it.

As one of Chile’s most high-end wine retreats, the Residence at Lapostolle is a 5-star resort overlooking the acclaimed Apalta Vineyard, which still houses vines that were brought over from France at the end of the 19th Century. Consisting of just 4 exclusive “Casitas,” this is a venue to relax in–a family-owned wine haven that’s perfect for honeymooners, with tastings to excite wine enthusiasts.

Inside their impressive Clos Apalta winery–a rare, vertical design that is 100% gravity fed, going through the granite hillside–wine tastings take place every day. With a traditional Chilean hacienda style, the winery is home to over 3,500 French Oak barrels for fermentation and produces exquisite wines, including Chile’s famed Carmenère, which you can taste as part of your stay at Lapostolle.

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La Cosona Restaurant

La Casona at Matetic Vineyards, San Antonio Valley, Chile

With numerous awards under their belt, the Matetic Vineyards are situated south of bohemian and romantic Valparaiso, close to the Pacific Ocean. The properties span the Casablanca and San Antonio Valleys and aim to bring you an intoxicating mix of wines from organic and biodynamic vines.

Take a tour of Matetic’s contemporary winery to sample their delicious red and white wines. After enjoying a traditional Chilean meal in the Equilibrio restaurant, you can take advantage of La Casona’s charming accommodations.

Located in the Rosario Valley, a subdivision of the San Antonio Valley, it is surrounded by a wonderfully diverse, protected environment filled with wild flowers and songbirds. If, or when, you’re done with the wine and relaxation, you and your partner can take a walk or even a horseback ride through this delightful part of the world.

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Casa de Uco, Uco Valley, Argentina

With jaw-dropping views of the majestic Andes, Casa de Uco is located in a unique area, southwest of Mendoza in the Uco Valley. Some of the best Malbec grapes in the world grow here, so it’s no surprise that this valley is home to numerous wineries for you to enjoy. Casa de Uco is an unforgettable retreat, designed to inspire and astonish at every turn. It is ideal for a tranquil and romantic break.

From daily adventures and in-depth wine tastings to poolside relaxation and sumptuous beds, this wine resort has it all. Experience the vineyard’s fine wines under the supervision of industry experts and learn about everything from grape harvesting to bottling in breathtaking surroundings.

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Hotel Spa do Vinho, Vale dos Vinhedos, Brazil

As one of the best hotels in Brazil’s south-central wine-growing region, Hotel Spa do Vinho will encourage you to enjoy some of the lesser known wines of this great country. Interestingly, Vale dos Vinhedos has a sub-tropical climate, yet remains cool and damp with its hilly landscape–ideal for growing grapes that are destined for winemaking.

The hotel itself is a large hilltop resort overlooking many vineyards, similar to the landscape in the Italian region of Tuscany. It is overflowing with views to make your romantic wine tasting trip extra special. With its calming ambience, you’ll feel welcome and well looked after in the hotel’s grand rooms, onsite spa, and terraces. The restaurant offers French-Italian food, paired with a healthy selection of the area’s best wines.

The hotel organizes trips out to surrounding vineyards, like Miolo and Casa Valduga, so that you can taste a wide variety of wines, including some great sparkling pinot noir.
Nathalie Aucutt is a published writer and travel lover who ditched office life in the UK and now writes wherever the wind takes her. After travelling extensively through Latin America in 2014, she is looking forward to another year of creating stories from her spontaneous adventures. Stay up to date by visiting onceuponaverse.com or find her on Twitter @onceupontweets

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Donna is a romantic travel expert who encourages couples to create memorable romantic moments, honeymoons, vow renewals and other special romance occasions in travel locations throughout the world. She is the founder and publisher of Romance Travel Magazine. A romantic at heart , she hopes to inspire everyone to find love in their own special place.

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