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Chile Wine Tour Report

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In November 2015 I ran two wine tours to Chile (and one to Argentina – read that tour report here). I had last visited Chile in 1998 when the infrastructure (particularly roads) was in urgent need of improvement and the cuisine left a lot to be desired – having lived on what felt like a…(Read More)

Tim Syrad Chile & Argentina wine tours

Having run two tours in 2011, it was great to visit Mendoza again and update ourselves on the wines produced around Mendoza and in the Uco Valley. The political and financial situation has created a few issues in Argentina to say the least and despite a sound wine economy, inflation has made exports less competitive…(Read More)

Chile Tour 2 Final Day

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Our final day was in the Casablanca Valley, which made Chile’s reputation for cool climate, particularly white, wines. Our first visit was to Emiliana Wines. At first sight this seemed to be like the other huge wineries that sit either side of the road to Valparaiso – standing back on the valley floor, an impressive…(Read More)

Chile Tour 2 Day 3

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On Day 3 we packed our coats and scarves and headed to the coast, to the San Antonio and Leyda regions south of Valparaiso. Our first visit was to Casa Marin – established in 200 by Maria Luz Marin, the first female agronomist and oenologist in Chile, who was a respected wine maker for other…(Read More)

Chile Tour 2 Day 2

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An early start: we were on the coach at 7.30am ready to go to the Aconcagua Valley. Alfonso is our driver, and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Chilean wineries, he has escorted everyone who is anyone among wine writers visiting Chile over the last 25 years. We drove north to Los Andes, past the…(Read More)

Chile Tour 2 Day 1

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This blog is being written by Fliss, Tim’s wife who has joined the second group visiting wineries in Chile.  Because of some wifi issues in Santiago, I’m afraid I am posting it a week late! Our group assembled at Le Reve hotel on Sunday evening.  Le Reve is in the Providencia district of…(Read More)

Argentina Tour Final Day

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We have visited a lot of new relatively new wineries in Argentina on this tour so today is the turn of Luigi Bosca – one of the oldest family estates and still run by the Arizu family. The Luigi Bosca brand is famous throughout the country, has a loyal domestic market and has become a…(Read More)

Argentina Tour Day 3

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The wonderful Uco Valley was our destination for day 3 and the sun shone brightly on the Andes creating the most glorious drive south as we headed out of Mendoza. The Uco Valley is unquestionably the most exciting bit of terroir in Argentina and land prices have rocketed as winemakers have discovered that the combination…(Read More)

Argentina Tour Day 2

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A cold wet, windy day greeted us on day 2. As we donned our raincoats and braved the howling gale many of us wondered just how lovely the outdoor asado was going to be. This was our Mauricio Lorca day. Mauricio is one of Argentina’s most respected wine makers and consults for many of…(Read More)

Argentina Tour Day 1

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A gorgeous morning dawned for our first full day of the Argentina tour. Clear blue skies, barely a hint of cloud  and the Andes could be seen in their absolute prime. Our first stop was Dominio del Plata – the dream realised by one of Argentina’s most prized winemakers – Susana Balbo. She has pioneered the…(Read More)