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CHILE & ARGENTINA WINERIES WITH A SOMMELIER

Through our “Expertly Done” travel series, explore cultures, food, and wine enhanced by the knowledgeable, approachable insights of Premier’s hand-selected experts. Throughout your 12-night tour of Chile and Argentina, Sommelier Pierson Ryan will be on-hand to provide personal, approachable insights into the incredible list of world-renown and artisanal wineries we will be visiting. His in-depth knowledge, coupled with his relaxed style, will help you learn more about the grape varietals, winemaking styles, and wines of Chile and Argentina. In addition, his honed passion for pairing wine and food will enhance your culinary experiences throughout your stay.

January 30 - February 11, 2020
12 Nights From $7,789 per person based upon double occupancy*
Based Upon 16 guests

Highlights of Chile (5 nights)

Spend your first four nights in the luxurious accommodations of Hotel Casa Real on the grounds of one of “The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands 2019” (Drinks International), Viña Santa Rita. Picnic in their vineyards, taste their acclaimed Cabernets, indulge in an authentic Chilean barbecue, pairing the wines under the guidance of our dedicated sommelier and our hosts. Then simply settle into to the Chilean countryside and the warmth of its people.

In addition to your time in the Maipo Valley — a destination chosen as one of the top 10 wine travel destinations for 2019 by Wine Enthusiast magazine, you will taste some of the finest wines in the Colchagua and San Antonio Valleys (transported by a private driver). From the famed Casa Lapostolle Winery (of the Grand Marnier Family) and Neyen Winery with its 115-year-old Carménère vines, to the “most daring and innovative” Casa Marin and organic, state-of-the-art Matetic Winery, your palette and your knowledge for Chilean wines will be enhanced.

This exclusive tour is based upon 16 people.
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Your final day and night in Chile will be spent exploring the bustling city of Santiago, experiencing a traditional Chilean dinner and cultural dance show, and rejuvenating in one of the city’s most luxurious hotels.


Highlights of Argentina (6 nights)

After a brief domestic flight from Chile, you will touch down in Mendoza, Argentina to begin your exploration of some of this country’s finest wines, cuisine and cultural experiences over the next several days. Your home base for four nights will be The Vines Resort & Spa, named #2 of the "Top 10 Resort Hotels in South America" for 2019 Travel + Leisure's "World's Best" awards and #25 on the coveted "Top 100 Hotels in the World" list, where you will have plenty of leisure time to schedule your own personal activities (not included), such as sunrise or sunset horseback riding and spa treatments, or to simply gaze at the Andes Mountains on the not-so-distant horizon.

In addition to a winemaker’s blending session, a gourmet picnic, various tastings, an empanada cooking class, and an unforgettable experience at Francis Mallmann’s Siete Fuegos restaurant, you will have the opportunity to explore various other leading Argentinian wineries near The Vines and in the Uco Valley with Sommelier Pierson Ryan, including the artisanl, high-altitude Loscano Vineyards where you will enjoy a private experience with the winemaker, Valeria Antolin, and a bespoke, five-course tasting and wine pairing session. In addition, your private driver will shepherd you to other wineries such as Monteviejo, DiamAndes, Andaluna, and/or Salentein.

Spend your final two nights at the classic Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, drinking in the excitement of Buenos Aires by way of a full-day city tour and a fabulous evening of Tango and Milonga before departing back to the United States with an expanded knowledge and appreciation for culture, food, wine, and people of Chile and Argentina.


* NOTE: Itinerary subject to change. Premier reserves the right to modify programs and itineraries (including arranged sightseeing, accommodations, aircraft, trains, vessels, and so forth) at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond Premier’s control. Every effort is made to operate our itineraries as planned but alterations may need to be made after the final itinerary has been issued. *Airfare is not included. Trip insurance is recommended. We would be happy to help with both airefare and trip insurance upon booking.


Premier Experiences, Premier Advantages

  • Personal, English-speaking sommelier throughout the tour
     
  • English-speaking Premier director and local Premier representatives
  • Airport meet and greet
  • Private transfers
  • Curated luxury accomodations
  • Full breakfast included daily; select lunches and dinners
  • Hand-selected winery tours and tastings at some of Chile and Argentina's reknown vineyards
  • Curated tours and experiences, including entrance fees, taxes, and gratuities
  • Internet (where available)
     
  • 24/7 Premier support

Itinerary At-A-Glance

Thursday, January 30, 2020
Depart the United States (P.M. flight) to Santiago, Chile*


Friday, January 31, 2020
Check in: Hotel Casa Real (4 Nights)
Welcome to Chile Luncheon
Afternoon and Evening at Leisure

Saturday, February 01, 2020
Breakfast
Heritage Tour of Casa Real
Picnic at Viña Santa Rita
Ultra-Premium Tour of Viña Santa Rita
Leisure Time
Traditional Chilean Barbecue
 

Sunday, February 02, 2020
Breakfast
Colchagua Valley Wineries
Lunch at Neyen Vineyard
Evening and Dinner at Leisure

 

Monday, February 03, 2020
Breakfast
Full-Day Tour of San Antonio Valley
Equilibrio Restaurant at Matetic Winery
Evening and Dinner at Leisure

 

Tuesday, February 04, 2020
Breakfast
Half-Day Santiago City Tour
Check in: The Ritz-Carlton Santiago (1 Night)
Chilean Dinner and Cultural Dance Show

 

Wednesday, February 05, 2020
Breakfast
Flights from Santiago to Mendoza, Argentina*
Tour & Tasting at Winemakers' Village
Picnic at Solo Contigo
Check in: The Vines Resort & Spa (4 Nights)
Evening & Dinner at Leisure


Thursday, February 06, 2020
Breakfast
Lunch & Day at Leisure
Blend Your Own Wine in The Vines' Winery
Siete Fuegos Dinner Experience

Friday, February 07, 2020
Breakfast
Full-Day Tour of Uco Valley, Including a Private Winemaker Experience with Valeria Antolin at Loscano Vineyards
Five-Course Tasting and Wine Pairing Lunch at Loscano Vineyards
Dinner at Leisure

 

Saturday, February 08, 2020
Breakfast
Lunch & Day at Leisure
Empanada Cooking Class
Dinner at Bodega Giminez Riili

 

Sunday, February 09, 2020
Flights from Mendoza to Buenos Aires*
Check in: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires (2 Nights)
Dinner and Tango Show

Milonga Dancing (optional)

 

Monday, February 10, 2020
Breakfast
Full-Day Tour of Buenos Aires, Including Lunch
Evening and Dinner at Leisure

 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Depart Buenos Aires for the United States*

 

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ABOUT SOMMELIER PIERSON RYAN

Pierson Ryan is first and foremost the father of two great kids, Ridge and Hudson, and husband to his wife, Erika. Growing up Italian, food and wine were more than a passion for Pierson, it was the fabric of his culture. His grandmother owned and operated a fine dining Italian restaurant for 40 years in Vermont. His father owned and operated eight restaurants and managed others for 25 years as owner of a restaurant consulting company. His brother is a Certified Chef with a huge talent and a culinary degree from the Culinary Institute of America. And his mother is an incredible cook and lover of great wine. So, as you can see, the pairing of great food with the correct wine is part of Pierson’s DNA. He completed the Level 2 Certified Sommelier exam just over three years ago and is currently working at Los Angeles-based Free Run Juice, a small distribution wine company in California focusing on highly rated, small production wines from around the world. Prior to working with Free Run Juice, Pierson helped manage and organize the wine sections for four Trader Joe's locations over the course of 10 years. Although his favorite wines come from California, France, and Northern Italy, he is passionate about all wines – particularly when he can personally pair them with food. He shared that, “To me, wine and food is a symbiotic relationship as important as air is to a human being.” His life’s passion is to help people learn about food and wine and to make it an approachable, fun, and relaxed experience in any setting.