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New World Wine Tour: Argentina with Howard Soon

Nov 07-16, 2021

10 days | Argentina | alumni UBC Travel Club

Dates are approximate.

Argentina is one of the new world’s outstanding wine touring destinations where you’ll find not only those amazing Malbecs and Cabernet Sauvignons, but also incredibly diverse landscapes, a fascinating culture, and outstanding cuisine. On this 10-day tour with renowned winemaker Howard Soon, you’ll taste extraordinary wines, visit with world famous winemakers and selected boutique producers, and discover the magnificent panoramas of the important wine growing regions of Mendoza and Salta in the country’s super-scenic north-west.

Mendoza is the quintessential winemaking location showcasing beautiful vineyards with the backdrop of the majestic Andes. Here we’ll visit the iconic wineries of Catena Zapata, Mendel, and Clos de los Siete as well as smaller ‘garage’ producers. While Malbec is the standout varietal, other grapes are gaining esteem and blends are becoming works of art. In Salta the star is Torrontés, a grape type that has developed a cultlike following. Discover how high altitude translates into wines of great expression and diversity. Salta’s desert like scenery, interesting Spanish colonial towns, and more jaw-dropping views of the Andes make this a particularly appealing area to discover.

Lodge at exclusive countryside retreats, dine and taste at state-of-the-art wineries, and enjoy Howard Soon’s informative and entertaining presentations as you explore one of the world’s top wine regions.
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Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$5895
Group Size:
14 - 16 participants

What’s included: Arrival transfer in Mendoza; accommodation in double occupancy; breakfast daily; six lunches with wine; seven dinners with wine; transportation by right-sized private vehicle; flight from Mendoza to Salta; activities and entrance fees; tastings at all wineries; taxes and gratuities; presentations by Howard Soon; fully escorted by Howard Soon and our Argentine tour manager

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Mendoza, welcome dinner
2Mendoza Central Valley tasting experience begins at one of the pinnacles of Argentine wine makers: Mendel Wines. Later, Finca Decero
3Nicolas Catena’s state of the art winery Catena Zapata in Uco Valley. Later, La Azul
4Tasting full body Premium Malbecs at Cuvelier de los Andes and enjoying exquisite local favourites at Monteviejo Winery
5Fly to Salta, tour the highlights and the High Altitude Archaeological Museum
6Scenic drive across Quebrada de las Conchas to Cafayate, visit Bodega Piattelli
7Visit El Porvenir Hacienda & Vineyards and Bodega San Pedro de Yacochuya
8Drive north through the Calchaquí Valleys to Donald Hess’ estate Hacienda Colomé
9Visit the Colomé winery, farewell dinner
10Scenic drive back to Salta, flights home
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Your Tour Leader

UBC alumnus Howard Soon is the longest serving winemaker in Canada, creating 37 consecutive vintages and winning countless awards for his winemaking. As the head winemaker at Sandhill from 1997 to 2017, his collaborative relationships with growers and non-interventionist approach have consistently led to award-winning, single vineyard wines. In 2019, Howard was named a member of the Order of Canada (C.M.) for his influence on the wine industry.

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Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$5895
Group Size:
14 - 16 participants

What’s included: Arrival transfer in Mendoza; accommodation in double occupancy; breakfast daily; six lunches with wine; seven dinners with wine; transportation by right-sized private vehicle; flight from Mendoza to Salta; activities and entrance fees; tastings at all wineries; taxes and gratuities; presentations by Howard Soon; fully escorted by Howard Soon and our Argentine tour manager

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