S: South America Trip March 2013
BC: Photography and design by The Romanos
FC: South America | 2013 | Andes Mountains
1: A joint journey to South America - Chile and Argentina . We spent time on our own and joined the Wine Knows Travel group for vineyard and winery experiences. | Santiago de Chile, Chile Valparaiso, Chile Vina del Mar, Chile Casablanca Valley, Chile Santa Cruz, Chile Mendoza, Argentina Maipu, Argentina Buenos Aires, Argentina
2: Hotel Le Reve Santiago, Chile
3: 500 Chilian peso = 1 USD
4: Capital Building
5: Santiago de Chile is the capital of Chile and is situated in the central valley, 1700 feet above sea level. It has a neoclassical and art deco downtown which was founded in 1541. The streets are winding and run on either side of the Mapocho River. Santiago offers parks and greenbelts and the Andes mountains can be seen to the east and the Coastal mountains to the west about 70 miles from the Pacific Ocean. It is a quasi-modern metropolis with 6+ million residents.
10: Chile - a country of tunnels...
12: Valparaiso is known as the "Jewel of the Pacific". It is close to Vina del Mar - "Vineyard by the Sea".
15: Lunch at Fellini - an excellent and authentic Italian trattoria... great homemade pasta !
16: Vina del Mar on Chile's Pacific coast is an international destination - sandy beaches and beautiful settings.
17: Easter Island Statue...
20: Wine Knows Travel Journey Begins... The vineyards and wineries of both Chile and Argentina.
22: Wine Knows Transportation
24: Acqui Esta Coco
25: Juan y Medio Truckstop Since 1947 NY Times Reviewed | Pastel de Choclo
31: Vineyard Tours... Winery Secrets
32: Santa Cruz Museum
38: Our Visits: The Vineyards of Chile Veramonte Winery Located in the Casablanca Valley between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, the vineyard offers a unique diversity of climate and soil ideal for white wines. It measures 420 hectares and offers Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and from the higher elevations Pinot Noir and Merlot. Montes Winery The dream wine with its angel logo offers biodynamic and organic selections which include Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon - an award recipient. Philosophically, they believe 80% of the wine comes from the grapes and 20% from the winemaker. We visited the Apalta Estate in the Colchagua Valley where they harvest Carmenere, Syrah, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Los Maquis Situated in the Colchagua Valley between two rivers - Chimbarongo and Tinguiririca - the estate offers well drained alluvial soil. More than 100 years old, they focus on Carmenere, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Syrah. Emiliana Winery Las Palmeras is one of their oldest and larger estates - 270 hectares. It's main varietal is an intense Carmenere due to the soil pH and high summer temperatures. They also produce Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
39: Lapostelle Winery Founded in 1994, the family is best known for Grand Marnier and other spirits. They have created crisp, world-class wines using French expertise and the terroir of Chile - Carmenere, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and, Sauvignon Blanc on 370 hectares. Altair Winery Here the details count to create their two wines - Sideral and Altair - based upon their French heritage and the terroir of the Cachapoal Valley in the foothills of the Andes. Their meritage wines may include 5-6 grape varieties and change each year. Viu Manent Winery Owned by the Viu family, they are located in the Colchagua Valey with 150+ hectares of vinelands. They produce three categories of wines ahich include Carmenere, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Their top level wines are a meritage of select varieties.
40: Santiago to Mendoza On the high plains about 3000 feet above sea level... across the Andes... Mendoza is the largest wine producing areas in South America. | Romano | LRR
42: Andes Mountains The longest mountain range in the world extends 4300 miles with an average height of 13,000 feet rising to 22,841 at its peak separates Chile and Argentina.
44: Club Tapiz A resort designed to match relaxation with scenery, wines and food.
47: The Cat
48: Maipu, Argentina
51: Wine is a food group... The tastings and discussions were informative and interesting.
52: Mendoza, Argentina
55: Asado Oven
56: Mendoza Shopping and Lunch...
59: Winemaking... an art and a science.
60: Market tour and asado...
61: Maria Urrutigoity Cocina Felix Cocina
66: Restaurant Terruno Cooking Class at Club Tapiz
70: Our Visits: The Vineyards of Argentina Trapiche Winery In the foothills of the Andes, they are one of Argentina's largest exporters of wine. The diversity of varietals is grown on 1000 hectares with a commercial operation that is impressive. Familia Zuccardi Winery This family operation has their roots in Avellino, Italy with an integrated high technology production process. Owning over 800 hectares, 35% are organic certified while the rest are sustainable. The winery offers a wonderful bodega where we enjoyed a terrific Argentinian asado. Achaval Ferrer Winery This vineyard offers extremely high quality, focused wines in small production lots. Their meritage offerings marry Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and other varietals. We ordered six bottles from here to add to our collection. Catena Zapata Winery The microclimates in this area permit this vineyard to capitalize with a focus on Catena Alta labels. The Adrianna vineyard is located at over 4700 feet above sea level. They also focus on 5 different Malbecs from Mendoza; their bodega is beautiful and unique.
71: Terrazas de los Andes Winery A joint venture with Cheval Blanc, they off Cheval des Andes since 2001. A beautiful winery with very modern production, we enjoyed our own side trip to visit this producer. A French company, they offer distilled spirits - Hennessy, Belvedere etc. - and other high end consumer products. Mauricio Lorca Winery A young talented winemaker for several successful labels began his own label 4 years ago using grapes from 30 hectares of high altitude vineyards. They sacrifice a significant proportion to allow 2 pounds per vine. The fruit and terroir are his dynamic approach to excellent production. Clos de Chacras Winery A boutique winery founded in 1921, we enjoyed an outdoor lunch there and a bottle of their Rose. They offer a small but interesting portfolio of Mendozian wines.
78: Pope Francis' Cathedral
79: Recoleta Cemetery historical site in Buenos Aires.