Friday, March 12, 2010
Discover the joys of Argentinean wine and steak
The wines of Argentina have been gradually emerging on the global stage for the past decade (the Argentine wine industry is now the 5th largest producer in the world), but few people have sampled their delights at the source. The Spanish first brought vine cutting to Argentina in 1557, but Argentina’s most famous grape - Malbec - was brought by the French (it was known as Auxerrois at the time). Most of Argentina’s wines are produced at high altitude in areas with low humidity and low annual rainfall, meaning that the Bodegas (vineyards) rarely have to deal with problems such as fungi and mould that effect the crop in other countries; indeed, few pesticides are needed and even organic wines can flourish.
Latin America Travel experts Dehouche can organize part of your tailor made vacation or honeymoon to ensure that you really get to tap into the wine industry and learn from the local experts. You will stay in one of their favorite boutique hotels in the trendy Palermo Viejo district of Buenos Aires, a casual stroll from the city’s best bars and restaurants. Dehouche will arrange for a sommelier to come to your hotel and give you a private tasting session of his favorite Argentinean wines. Once armed with this knowledge you will be flown to Mendoza, one of the world’s 8 wine capitals that nestle in the foothills of the majestic Andes. Here you will stay in an exclusive wine lodge that is on its own bodega, which you will be taken on a tour of; there are also tastings of the produce each evening before an excellent dinner is served. Dehouche will also arrange for their local expert guide to give you a private tour of the best bodegas in the area, with lunch and tastings included.
You will then fly to Salta in the north east corner of the country - a landscape of arid semi desert punctuated by vineyards. You will stay on an old colonial ranch and once again a local expert who is exclusive to Dehouche will show you the best bodegas in the region and ensure that you get to meet the important people in each operation and learn from them. Dehouche will ensure that you return from your vacation or honeymoon as wine experts, brilliantly equipped to wow friends and family and perhaps host dinner parties in your new marital home where the Argentinean steak and grape can be matched to perfection. When combined with other parts of Argentina, such as the Iguacu Falls, and some of Brazil’s tropical beaches, then Dehouche will have created the luxury tailor made itinerary of your dreams.
Let Dehouche arrange your luxury boutique hotel and enjoy a whole host of insider tips on where to truly escape from it all on your honeymoon.
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