Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Find the perfect bottle to go with that steak

Buenos Aires may be known as the Paris of South America and there’s no denying the legacy of European cultural influence; however, with its first aspirations of winemaking, Argentina fell far short of the standards set by those difficult to please ‘Viticulteurs Français’. In its infancy, the emphasis of Argentine wine production was most definitely on quantity rather than quality and 100% of the consumption was domestic.

As the Argentines are almost as proud as their Parisian counterparts, the initial disgust of the French (and a large part of the rest of the world) at their winemaking attempts, must have stung a little and recent years have seen attempts to clean up their act.

Luxury travel specialists Dehouche uprooted themselves from Europe and planted themselves in Latin America some years after the first European vines, but they didn’t leave their taste for good wine at home. Dehouche are constantly searching for palatable producers, at less than ridiculous prices; quite a feat in Brazil, where Dehouche are based.

Though wine is produced in Brazil, it’s still got a way to go to really compete on the global stage and so Dehouche continue to applaud the Argentine move away from mass production towards the creation of fine wines, fit even for export. Even to Brazil.

Argentina is in fact blessed with both weather and soil conditions more favourable than that of Europe and with a shift in focus, Argentine wine production is finally starting to draw the right kind of attention.

Dehouche offer tailor made packages to Brazil and Argentina (and just about any other country in Latin America you may choose to sample), giving you the perfect opportunity to come over and make up your own mind.

A typical trip can include several days in Buenos Aires, (with full wine tasting of course) from where you can take a direct flight to Mendoza, which today the produces the vast majority of Argentina’s exported wine. In Mendoza, Dehouche can arrange accommodation inside the vineyards themselves, so that you can easily visit different wineries in the surrounding area and of course taste, taste, taste!

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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