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 timjohnson50@gmail.com in the first instance to book the trip or discuss further details.

DETAILED ITINERARY

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

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.

Previous Trips

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:

2019 Spain


2018 Romania & Moldova

2017 Madeira

2016 Brazil & Uruguay

2015 Turkey

2014 Champagne

2013 Greece

2013 Bordeaux

2012 Alsace

2011 New York State & Ontario

2010 Portugal

2010 Lebanon

2009 South Africa

2007 Rioja & Navarra

2004 Austria

2002 Mexico & Southern California

2002 Languedoc

2001 Rum distilleries of the Caribbean

2000 Spain

1999 South Africa & Western Australia

1998 Italy

1997 South America – Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina and Chile

1996 Burgundy

1995 New Zealand

1993 South Africa

1990 California – Napa, Sonoma and South of the Bay

1988 Australia – Victoria, NSW and South Australia

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