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Wine Adventure in the Andean Northwest (3 days)

Introduction

Come and taste for yourself the wines that generations of conquistadors, gauchos and adventurers have celebrated! Located in the "wine belt" (on the opposite geographical parallel of Napa Valley and the wineries of France and Italy) the wines of the Calchaquies Valley, in the Andean Northwest of Argentina, are one of the best-kept secrets of the world - about to be unleashed.

Day 1 - The City of Salta and Wine Tasting

A half day city tour of Colonial Salta, which also includes a traditional meal of empanadas, humitas and tamales and a selection of regional wines. After lunch transfer to the Inn. There will be time to settle in to your room before an easy afternoon stroll to the Quebrada de Tilian. Return to the Inn for dinner and an introduction to and sampling of the local wines, hosted by Martín.

Day 2 - Michel Torino-Bodegas La Rosa winery

After breakfast depart for the Calchaqui Valley to Argentina's largest vineyards and winery, Michel Torino-Bodegas La Rosa, founded in 1892. This vineyard is especially famous for the torrontes grape variety, a type of white grape that produces an aromatic wine, which was brought to the region by the Spanish missionaries at the end of the 16th Century, as well as, king of grape malbec in cabernet and sauvignon varietals. In the afternoon continue on to visit the pre-Hispanic Quilmes Indian ruins. Dinner and overnight at the Inn at Bodegas La Rosa Winery.

Day 3 - Bodegas Nani, Bodegas Etchard, and Wine Museum.

After breakfast depart for a tour of a variety of other area vineyards including the boutique wineries of Bodegas Nani and Bodegas Etchard, and sample additional flavors of the Calchaqui Valley. You will also stop at the Vasija Secreta Wine Museum. Later in the afternoon, return to the Inn at Chicoana for a barbecue on the banks of the Calchaqui River, the perfect setting to uncork a bottle of wine from your favorite new Argentine winery.

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