Enotourism (also known as Vinotourism) has grown in popularity over the past few years, with more and more people becoming interested in not just the history behind the wine they drink, but also the process of fermenting, types of grape and differences between vintages.
Wineries in South America now offer various levels of accommodation for guests looking to learn more about their vineyards – from simple guest houses to lavish rooms accompanied by a plethora of wine-tasting activities and events. The Vina Matetic in Argentina, for example, is a luxurious guesthouse with stunning views of the Rosario Wine Valley. Along with its own mini lake, flocks of ducks and geese, a swimming pool and miles and miles of vineyard, the Vina Matetic has its own bodega which you can access. Here you can learn all you need to know about wine production, sample some of their famous wines and have an opportunity to buy bottles as close to the source as it’s possible to get. Have a delicious meal after, not only served by talented and experienced chefs, but perfectly complimented by one of the wines produced on site.
For those looking for a more rustic, authentic taste of the Argentinian countryside, Lares De Chacras is a charming boutique property set in the picturesque town of Chacras de Coria. This is a great location, as it is very near some local vineyards that you can explore and only 20 minutes by taxi from Mendoza. The Lares De Chacras gives off a very intimate, personal feel – the hotel itself isn’t that big and they also provide a barbecue twice a week, giving you an opportunity to socialise with other guests at the hotel. There are a number of good restaurants within walking distance in the town proper. Overall, this is a great choice if you’re just looking to sample enotourism – the hotel is great value and is easily accessible for non-wine experts.
If you’re hoping to explore Salta and the Northwest, then we’d recommend the Patios de Cafayate. This fantastic 5* hotel offers the best of both worlds – a rustic, authentic exterior is complimented by a sleek, modern interior that will cater for your every need. The Patios de Cafayate is a 19th Century Spanish Colonial boutique hotel. A wine holiday to Argentina wouldn’t be complete without the wine, however, and this hotel offers tours of local wineries along with tastings and talks so you can return home an expert. In addition to the wine, the hotel has some outstanding facilities including an outdoor pool which overlooks the vineyards, access to a local golf course and extensive spa facilities. After a treatment of ‘vinotherapy’ (including exfoliation with grapes and wine baths) why not take stroll around the hotel’s beautiful, and extensive, grounds – these are especially striking at sunset.
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