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.
Future Wine Trips – Chile & Argentina November 2019
The Association are pleased to announce details of a trip to Chile & Argentina in November.
This looks a fascinating trip, to a wide range of wineries, many of them small and innovative, and visiting some truly stunning scenery. There is the drive across the Andes, and then the routes we will cover round Salta/Cafayete were in the Guardian’s list of top ten road journeys of the world earlier this year.
We will be meeting many of the owners and winemakers. Many meals are included, but there are a few to be confirmed, so the price includes something for that eventuality; ultimately breakfast and one meal per day will be included.
The detailed itinerary and costs are shown below. If you are interested, please contact Tim at email@example.com in the first instance to book the trip or discuss further details.
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.
Costs of flights London/Santiago – Buenos Aires/Heathrow
£967 economy both ways
£1070 Economy out premium economy back
£1227 Premium economy both ways
£3263 Business both ways
The cost of internal flights, Mendoza/Salta/Buenos Aires is £232 economy
We are using Trailfinders for organising the international flights, but may ask the tour company to take on the internal flights.
The cost of rooms and meals, based on 2 people sharing, and daily breakfast and one other meal on most days is £3700. We have asked for single supplement details and will publish these when known. Additional meals not yet confirmed have already been factored into the cost. The cost of the extra night in Buenos Aires if required is not included.
The Association has taken many trips to wine areas around the world over the past few years. Here is a list of some of them: