The Association regularly organises wine trips for its members and WSET students. Here you will find a list of the latest proposed trips that have been planned. Please make sure you are signed up to receive Association membership emails as this is where we let our members and students know about upcoming trips first. Want to discover our regular events like wine tastings? You’ll see them under the Events tab.
Our most recent Wine Trip – Chile & Argentina November 2019
Several members of the Association travelled to Chile & Argentina in November.
They visited a wide range of wineries, many of them small and innovative, and visiting some truly stunning scenery. There was a drive across the Andes, and then they travelled around Salta/Cafayete, which were in the Guardian’s list of top ten road journeys of the world earlier this year.
The detailed itinerary is shown below.
Oct 31 flight Heathrow to Santiago
Nov 1 transfer from airport to Hotel included. City tour and dinner Santiago Hotel Ladera
Nov 2 Santiago, Hotel Ladera, winevisit tbc
Nov 3 Casablanca Valley, visit to Emiliana vineyards, Lunch and visit to Bodegas RE, return to Hotel Ladera.
Nov 4 San Antonio Valley, private tour Matetic Vineyards, (lunch TBC, not included so far)
Tour and tasting Casa Marin. Check in Hotel Santa Cruz, Colchagua, evening at leisure
Nov 5 Vina Santa Cruz tour and tasting, lunch tbc not included in cost,
Vina Polkura meet owner and winemaker, tasting of MOVI wines (Independent Wines Movement), private dinner at winery. Return to Hotel Santa Cruz
Nov 6 Tour tasting and BBQ Vina Maquis, with owner/winemaker
Visit and vertical tasting Vina Neyen
Return to Hotel Santa Cruz, evening at leisure
Nov 7 Check out from Hotel Santa Cruz,
Visit to Vina Casa Silva, Lunch TBC, return to Santiago, Hotel Ladera, evening at leisure
Nov 8 overland to Mendoza. Spectacular drive over the Andes. Check in Diplomatic Hotel, Mendoza, evening at leisure
Nov 9 – Lujan Valley Wine tour, 2/3 wineries tbc, lunch at Vistalba, evening at leisure in Mendoza
Nov 10 Maipo Valley wine tour, including visit and lunch La Cayetana, (owned by an owner of Ver Sacrum) 2/3 other wine visits, evening at leisure in Mendoza
Nov 11 – Uco Valley wine tour, including Domaine Bousquet; Corazon del Sol (Altamira sub region) evening at leisure in Mendoza.
Nov 12 Winery visits and visit to Gin and Grappa distiller Hilbing Franke, lunch tbc, evening at leisure in Mendoza
Nov 13 Flight Mendoza to Salta, arrive afternoon, check in Hotel Alejandro 1 , afternoon evening at leisure, optional pena, (traditional Argentinian folk music etc in evening, $12 extra)
Nov 14 Check out Hotel, drive to Cachi wineries, Isasmendi and Miraluna, Check in to Hacienda de Molinos, evening at leisure
Nov 15 check out Hacienda de Molinos, drive to Colome winery, Drive along Route 40 (spectacular scenery) to Salta, dinner and tasting with a winemaker, check in to Patios de Cafayete,(attached to Esteco winery)
Nov 16 Check out Patios de Cafayete, visit pre Inca ruins of Quilmes, then to museum at Pachamama then winemaker lunch in Cafayete, or simply more winery visits!
Nov 16 flight Cafayete to Buenos Aires (and on to Heathrow) or
Overnight in Buenos Aires and
Nov 17th flight Buenos Aires to Heathrow.
The Association has taken many trips to wine areas around the world over the past few years. Here is an illustrated list of some of them: