Wine and Wander

Imagine yourself in a luxury suite on a hidden Andean lagoon overlooking Mount FitzRoy the Spegazinni Glacier, or savoring a delicate glass of malbec and gazing across thousands of acres of vineyards towards the snow-capped backdrop of South America’s highest peaks…

Patagonia’s glacial wonders and Mendoza’s rolling vineyards have long-inspired romantics and dreamers who love mountainous settings and breathtaking landscapes. Both of these extraordinary destinations are high on the luxury adventure aficionados travel radar. Naturally, we had to design a unique itinerary that combines these two divine Argentine destinations into one unique and authentic Patagonia adventure.

Thus, for all of you wine-loving adventurers, this flavorful Wine and Wander Tour offers your refined palettes the perfect mélange of adventure, romance, and relaxation. From local-favorite bodegas in Buenos Aires to Francis Mallman’s famous Siete Fuegos Restaurant at The Vines, we have infused this itinerary with a curated selection of intriguing food and wine experiences to ensure that your Argentina adventure is tastefully indulgent every step of the way. For lodgings, we have included a hand-selected medley of Argentina’s premiere properties, ranging from hidden wilderness retreats and Relais & Chateaux boutiques in Patagonia to 5-star luxury wine resorts in Mendoza and the Uco Valley.

Download the Tour PDF to access the full itinerary brochure. For reservation requests or more information, please complete the Reservation Request Form or Contact a Patagonia Travel Specialist. You may also reserve this exclusive Argentina tour through your preferred travel professional.

Detailed Itinerary:



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Day 1: Arrival in Argentina

Arrival in Buenos Aires, Evening Argentine Wine Tasting and Cooking Class
      • Assistance upon arrival, private transfer to your hotel in the heart of the historic Recoleta neighborhood.
      • This evening, acquaint yourself with Argentina’s fine wines and learn how to make your own empanadas during a fun, interactive dining experience that blends exquisite food and wine, local culture and social integration.
Overnight: Algodón Mansion

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Day 2: Buenos Aires

Introduction to Foods & Wines of Argentina
      • Breakfast at your boutique hotel’s award-winning restaurant.
      • Enjoy a morning free to relax and explore Buenos Aires on your own.
      • This afternoon, meet a distinguished sommelier for a tasteful and educational stroll through the Palermo neighborhood featuring visits to some of her favorite bars and bodegas. Sample wares from different regions of Argentina with her along the way, gleaning insider’s perspective from an award-winning food, wine and travel journalist.
      • Dinner on your own (a curated list of suggested bars, bodegas and restaurants will be provided beforehand in our thorough pre-trip informational packet).
Overnight: Algodón Mansion

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Day 3: Buenos Aires to Lago del Desierto

Flight to El Calafate, Onward to Aguas Arriba Lodge
      • After breakfast, private transfer to the domestic airport (AEP) for domestic flight to El Calafate (3 hr. 35 mins – not included).
      • Assistance upon arrival in El Calafate, private transfer to Lago del Desierto, a hidden glacial lagoon tucked away in the mountains 37km past El Chaltén.
      • Proceed via high-speed private boat across the lake to your remote eco luxury retreat overlooking the North Face of Mount Fitz Roy and the Vespignani Glacier.
      • Afternoon to relax at Aguas Arriba Lodge and explore the surrounding wilderness as you wish.
      • Return to your eco luxury lodge for a home-cooked meal and fine wines by the fire this evening.
Overnight: Aguas Arriba Lodge

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Day 4: Lago del Desierto

Full-Day Excursions of your Choice at Aguas Arriba Lodge
      • Breakfast at your hidden eco luxury retreat.
      • Full day to enjoy the tours and activities offered through the lodge (you choose your activity the night before during a one-on-one conversation with the in-house trekking guide and the owners of the lodge).
      • You may choose to spend your day fishing on the lake with the owner Ivor on his private boat, trek through the forest with the local guide to a hidden glacier, or simply relax and enjoy the lodge’s one-of-a-kind setting in the midst of a virgin Patagonian forest.
      • Dinner and wines this evening by the fire.
    Overnight: Aguas Arriba Lodge

     

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    Day 5: Lago del Desierto

    Full-Day Excursions of your Choice at Aguas Arriba Lodge
        • Breakfast at your eco luxury retreat.
        • Full day to relax at Aguas Arriba Lodge and explore the surrounding wilderness as you wish (trekking excursions are selected the evening prior over a glass of wine with your trekking guide).
        • If you would like, we can arrange for a private fishing guide to come from El Chaltén and take you on a privately guided fishing trip at the headwaters of the nearby Río de las Vueltas during the Chinook salmon run in February and March.
        • Return to the lodge this evening for dinner and overnight.
    Overnight: Aguas Arriba Lodge

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    Day 6: Lago del Desierto to La Anita Valley

    Aguas Arriba Lodge to El Calafate, Onward to Eolo
        • After breakfast, return via private boat to the confluence of Lago del Desierto and Rio de las Vueltas to meet your private driver.
        • Onward via private transfer to your luxurious Relais & Châteaux retreat on the outskirts of El Calafate.
        • Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing at the lodge and admiring breathtaking Patagonian landscapes.
        • This evening, savor fine Argentine wines and delicious entrées at the in-house restaurant.
    Overnight: Eolo

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    Day 7: Perito Moreno Glacier

    Perito Moreno, Glaciarium, & the Patagonian Ice Bar
        • After breakfast, morning privately guided tour of Perito Moreno Glacier with an expert local guide (optional “Minitrekking” on the glacier – not included).
        • Packed lunch at a scenic location overlooking Perito Moreno’s enormous outer wall.
        • Afternoon visit to the Glaciarium Ice Museum–an extraordinary glacial interpretation center that introduces you to the wonders of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.
        • After exploring the glacier museum, descend to the Glacio Branca Ice Bar for a Calafate Sour or another below-zero beverage of your choice.
        • Return to your Patagonia Relais & Châteaux luxury retreat in the late afternoon.
        • At dinner, drink Malbecs and experience a traditional Patagonian asado prepared by the expert in-house chef (“parrillero”).
    Overnight: Eolo

     

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    Day 8: El Calafate to Mendoza’s Uco Valley

    Fly to Mendoza, Onward to the The Vines Wine Resort
        • After breakfast, private transfer to the airport in El Calafate.
        • Domestic flight to Mendoza (connecting in Buenos Aires – flights not included).
        • Assistance from the terminal upon arrival, private transfer to Alpasíon Lodge in the Uco Valley.
        • Afternoon free to relax and enjoy the breathtaking setting.
        • Small-batch boutique wines and regional cuisine by Chef Hector Ordenes this evening at the in-house restaurant.
    Overnight: The Vines Resort & Spa

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    Day 9: Uco Valley Wine Tour

    Wineries & Bodegas of the Uco Valley
        • After breakfast, set out on a full-day wine tour featuring visits to Salentein, Domaine Bousquet, and other prominent wineries in the region (experience led by an expert local sommelier and a small group of fellow wine enthusiasts – eight max).
        • Gourmet lunch and a curated selection of local wines in the Andeluna cellars.
        • Return to your Uco Valley wine resort in the late afternoon for dinner and overnight.
    Overnight: The Vines Resort & Spa

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    Day 10: Uco Valley

    Free Day at the Vines Luxury Wine Resort & Spa
        • Breakfast at the in-house Siete Fuegos Restaurant.
        • Enjoy a full-day to explore the Uco Valley on your own (talk with your hosts at The Vines for suggestions the evening prior and arrange an excursion for today based on your interests and desires).
    Overnight: The Vines Wine Resort & Spa

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    Day 11: Uco Valley

    Free Day at the Vines Luxury Wine Resort & Spa
        • Breakfast at the in-house Siete Fuegos Restaurant.
        • Enjoy a full-day to explore the Uco Valley on your own (talk with your hosts at The Vines for suggestions the evening prior and arrange an excursion for today based on your interests and desires).
    Overnight: The Vines Wine Resort & Spa

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    Day 12: Wine and Wander Tour Ends

    Transfer to Mendoza Airport
        • Breakfast at the in-house Siete Fuegos Restaurant.
        • Private transfer to the Mendoza for your outbound flight (end of services – airfare not included).