Wine Trail: Chile & Argentina

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There are several wine regions in South America, each one with their own flavor and type of wine. A couple of the major wine-producing regions are Argentina and Chile. One of the main attractions for wine lovers is the wine route near the Andes mountain range. This route starts from the Aconcagua Valley in Chile, crossing the frontier path through the Andes Mountains towards Mendoza With a wide range of wine tasting experiences! 

Argentina is one of the world’s top five largest wine producing nations. There are two grapes which perhaps hold most promise for Argentina’s future: Torrontés is a white wine grape that makes terrifically fragrant, perfumed yet rich and fruity wines with crisp acidity and plenty of body.  The great red wine grape, with the structure to reach even higher peaks of quality, is the Malbec. Malbec is a grape with many synonyms, possibly best known as Auxerrois when making Cahors in the south of France. But Argentinian Malbecs are perhaps the best in the world, with powerful, smooth deeply-fruited inky black wines full of spice and character.winery_default
Argentina wine regions : Mendoza is Argentina’s powerhouse and centre of quality accounting for over 80% of total production (or to put it another way, over half of the entire wine production of South America). Producers make fine Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay with increasingly impressive Syrahs and Malbecs. Salta, sitting in the very far north of the country, Neuquen and Rio Negro, these regions lie at the southern end of wine production, in the fringes of Patagonia. 

Chile has a terrific diversity of climate and geography. With the Atacama desert to the north and the desolate ice-fields of Patagonia to the south, the scope for winemaking is confined to a small central belt of the country with a more moderate climate. Wine has been made in Chile for centuries.

Chile grows most of the “international” varieties, with a programme of experimental plantings supplementing the ubiquitous Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet and Merlot with everything from Gewürztraminer to Viognier. Pais is a Chilean variety that is still very widely planted, but has not earned a place in the international scene. One of the most interesting names to look out for on a Chilean label is Carmenère, a variety once believed to be Merlot, but now discovered to be a forgotten Bordeaux grape which has been living happily in Chile all along. It makes a vibrantly fruity and deeply flavoured wine.Racimos de Uvas
Chilean Wine Regions : Aconcagua: This northerly, hot and generally arid region is best suited to red wine production. Casablanca: One of the new quality regions that has really put Chile on the global map. Maipó: The Maipo region, just south of Santiago, is one of Chile’s best-known and longest established quality wine regions. Rapel: The largest of the fine wine areas.

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Besides the vineyard and winery tour, alternatives offered to wine tourists are varied. Some of the activities wineries have incorporated include, for instance a golf court, horse-back riding, astronomy, theme museums or family museums to show the history of the winery’s founding family. Many wineries provide accommodation services and also offer gastronomy options, 95% of wineries have bilingual staff members for serving tourists. 
Whether is red or white wine this is a place for fierce aficionados or budding beginners to experience the thrill of our wines. Come to Taste our wines and tour our Wine Trails!

For more details on wine tours, you may call us at         +54 1149515968     or e-mail us to info@m-rtours.com

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