A Trip to Argentina through WineCloudInc

A Trip to Argentina | October 18th-30th, 2024

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Wine and food excursion of Argentina!

Buenos Aires, Salta, Mendoza - option to extend to Patagonia


PART 1 Arrival into Buenos Aires (BA)
[Included]:
  October 18th - Buenos Aires (2 nights) - A choice of neighboring hotels in BA; where we will have some time in Buenos Aires: shopping, site seeing, and we arrange for group dinning experiences.

PART 2 and 3: Core Trip 
October 20th to Salta (3 nights) - See details below
October 23 to Mendoza (3 nights) - See details below

PART 4 Return to Buenos Aires [Additional Options Will Be Presented]
Some may depart immediately on return from Mendoza, some my wish to stay and enjoy some additional time - those that wish to extend to Patagonia we will include this weekend in the extension.  [Additional and Optional]:  October 26 and/or 27 in Buenos Aires (1 or 2 nights) - pricing provided with options.

PART 5 Patagonia Extension
[Additional and Optional]:
  October 28-29-30 in Patagonia (2 nights/3 days) 

EXTENSION OPTION A: GLACIER EXTENSION - MONDAY, OCTOBER 28TH - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30TH (2 SPACES REMAIN) PERITO MORENO GLACIER: See below

EXTENSION OPTION B: VIP PATAGONIA WINE - MONDAY, OCTOBER 28TH - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30TH (SOLD OUT): See below

*Cost is of the Core Trip is determined using the framework below in August 2023.  Final cost may adjust in mid 2024 up or down due to the currency and room supply vs demand issues.  All details will be explained in the final agreement.

Single / Solo Traveller estimated at $7800  -price includes $800 domestic air (BA to Salta, Salta to Mendoza, Mendoza to BA) 
Couple/ Two Traveller package estimated to $13,900.00 -price includes approx. $800 of domestic air per person (BA to Salta, Salta to Mendoza, Mendoza to BA)

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Argentina is a beautiful, sprawling gem of resources! Amazing weather and decorated by the endless Andes Mountains.  The snow melting feeds the vineyards, the high altitude amplifies the sunshine, and a unique mixture of cultures and history make Argentina like no other.  

Much like California, grapes Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, (Torrontés - An Argentine Specialty) and Chardonnay are most prolific and we are set to see the best in the business.

On this trip - we will take our time, eat amazing meals, taste the best wines, enjoy a few luxury hotels, take a nice argentine relaxing pace all while covering a lot of ground. Ideal travelers are in very good health and can handle the altitude, enjoy getting on a horse, enjoy long walks and hikes, and can enjoy a deep conversation with a new friend as we travel with approx. 10 guests/14 maximum.

 

Friday, October 18th Pre-Arrival Day (recommended) and Saturday, October 19th in Buenos Aires 

ARRIVE EARLY, EXPLORE BUENOS AIRES AT YOUR OWN PACE, GET ACCLIMATED. THIS DAY IS OPTIONAL & ADDITIONAL, PLEASE REVIEW À LA CARTE OPTIONS FOR PRICING. TRANSFERS ARE AVAILABLE AND ADDITIONAL.

The hotel selected is special to us and a fantastic location on the Palermo side of Buenos Aires (BA).  We will return to BA at the end of our trip for a deeper look at BA but here we focus on the intimate Palermo side of BA.  

Many dinners will be scheduled - some are included and some will be additional.  We dine at top venues, when the meal is not included, it is  à la carte  -  order off the menu at your leisure, pay only for your meal and beverage.  When the meal is menu'd, we include the meal in the price of the trip.  We intend to dine at some of the best spots in BA.

Sunday, October 20th Buenos Aires to Salta

We organize the internal domestic flights for the group - this is ambitious travel, but some of the most dramatic mountains, desserts, rivers, and vineyards in all of Argentina.  We are special guests of one of the best producers in the region… this is land less travelled - but beyond spectacular.  

🚘 Arrive in Salta and be met by an exclusive brigade of vehicles to transfer our group on a journey into the mountains and high desert for an amazing visit to high-altitude vineyards and experience.

You are VIP guests taking over the entire property* - we will be catered to, this experience includes all meals, tours, tastings at the winery as well as the outdoors experiences. 

🍽 Farm-to-table dinner included at winery

💫 A night of STARGAZING as this is one of most amazing skies in the world - and with no one around us - we will have a great view of the solar system (weather pending) 

Monday, October 21st in Salta

🍽 Breakfast - included at accommodation 

🐎 Guests will have options of taking planned hikes or possible horseback riding for an accelerated look at the neighborhood.

🍽 Farm-to-table lunch at the winery  - we could get used to this - the authentic foods will be grown and produced right on the rancho!

🍷 Exclusive tasting with winery - we will get a detailed technical tasting of the wines for study and pleasure

🍽 Dinner - included at the accommodation

💫 Another night of STARGAZING - as this is a major attraction.

Tuesday, October 22nd in Salta

🍽 Breakfast  - included at accommodation

🥾 A special hike is planned (and picnic) at a few of the property's very remote vineyards - This Bodega was a home until a year ago - to the highest altitude vineyard in the world. The $100+ plus dollar Malbec from this Vineyard (and others) is included in our adventure.

🍽 Lunch picnic style  - Empanadas and Charcuterie is planned 

-We then depart and head to downtown Salta - and stay in a top rated property and enjoy some free time-

🍽 Dinner will be organized and is optional and additional

Wednesday, October 23rd Salta to Mendoza

🍽 Breakfast - included at your accommodation

- We depart Salta on a morning flight and arrive into Mendoza (approx 1.5 hours) -

🍽 Arrive in time for lunch at local spot in Mendoza 

🏨 Check in to our luxury spa resort - Entre Cielos for three nights [Hotel may change without notice]
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🍷 Top winery appointments will be curated. Dave M. Benett

🍽 Lunch at a Francis Mallmann Venue (View Here)

🍽 Dinner by a private Chef in the Vineyard is planned - with the top winery in Mendoza.

-We return to our luxury hotel in Mendoza for a late night - night cap and more stargazing - with a Mendoza point of view.-

Thursday, October 24th in Mendoza

🍽 Breakfast included included at Entre Cielos

🍷 Winery appointment: two stellar wineries for you!

🐎 Thursday we are driven to Uco Valley for a special appointment with a horseback ride through a  850 hectare (2,100 acres) estate;  This year we are guests at the Argentine home of a famous Bordeaux producer Malartic-Lagraviere:  One of the seven wineries on his Goliath piece of majestic Mendoza land.  You will spend a full day at the estate with meals and activities included.

🍽 Special Lunch by the gourmet Chef

- We enjoy some downtown - to recharge and build up our appetite -           

🍷Special Winery appointment - one of our favorite visits from our last trip to Argentina - this is a very progressive family farm that brings new meaning to Farm to Table, also renown for their award winning extra virgin olive oil and their native olive varietals, rare and hard to find in the U.S.

🍽 Dinner with winery and proprietor

Friday, October 25th in Mendoza

🍽 Breakfast provided by accommodation

🍷 Winery appointments: Typically the appointment starts with a tour and tasting and leads into a meal. On this day we visit a few smaller local producers in the AM and afternoon and finish the day with Dr. Laura Catena's - Bodega Catena Zapata - voted #1 winery in the world in 2023.

🍽 Lunch at a local restaurant ala carte.

🍽 Argentine dinner at Bodega Catena Zapata  

🏜 Return to Entre Cielos

 🍽  Our “Mendoza” FINALE Dinner will be very special

 

Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th Buenos Aires

🍽 Breakfast provided at accommodation

🚘 Group Transfer hotel/airport

✈ Flight from MENDOZA—BUENOS AIRES

Trip Concludes. Independent Departure.
Assistance with transfers to/from hotel/airport are available upon request and additional.

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To continue with us, there are two amazing trip extension options: 

EXTENSION OPTION A:  GLACIER EXTENSION - MONDAY, OCTOBER 28TH - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30TH

Continue into Buenos Aires where we will continue our excursion - visit ancient coffee houses, street fairs, amazing historical antique shopping, an optional tour of the storied city will be available for those that continue - and some may choose to dry out - and relax.

✈️ Fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate, meet with your guide, a National Park Expert & travel guide and explore Perito Moreno Glacier with our small group for a photographer's dream and ecological wonder.  Monday (fly and get acquainted with the area) Tuesday to Glacier (all day) - Wednesday return to Buenos Aires - this optional extension package will be presented with full travel coordination regarding meals, internal flight supplements, hotel, all tour and options.

🚘  We will provide group transfer from the airport to our selected hotel; you will love the neighborhood - recent guests have continued to tell us how safe they feel and how kind the locals are to visitors.

🎉 Leisure time rest, relax, and enjoy Buenos Aires at your own pace and discretion or join the optional gatherings we have scheduled

🍽 Optional Dinner in an Authentic Buenos Aires Steakhouse 

EXTENSION OPTION B:  VIP PATAGONIA WINE - MONDAY, OCTOBER 28TH - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30TH:

Continue into Buenos Aires where we will continue our excursion - visit ancient coffee houses, street fairs, amazing historical antique shopping, an optional tour of the storied city will be available for those that continue - and some may choose to dry out - and relax.

You are invited to explore Patagonia as guest at a very special winery - where we will again visit majestic land less travelled and taste what James Suckling is calling one of the most exciting wine projects in the world with Chardonnay’s made by Jean-Marc Roulot (97-99 Points) Pinot Noirs, Natural Wines, and Biodynamic and Beekeeping activities. Winery and accommodation are private and exclusive to our group, this experience is not available to the general public. Limited to 8 guests total

Our trip to PATAGONIA is limited and for some - it may not be available if it sells out. PATAGONIA is MONDAY - TUESDAY - WEDNESDAY. We stay in private accommodations exclusive to our group and not open to the general public.

Wednesday, October 30th: VIP Patagonia Wine Extension Concludes

🍽 Breakfast at your hotel.

-Return to Buenos Aires Airport - tbd; 

Trip concludes, Independent Departure from Buenos Aires airport upon arrival. CAUTION: mind your departing flight as there may be delays in the return flight from Perito Moreno to BA (the airline and weather is unpredictable).

Steps

-Make a non-refundable deposit.
-Should you be offered a spot on this trip and decide not to attend - you will lose your deposit.
-Should you make a deposit and we could not meet the minimum to operate - you will be able to apply your deposit to a future trip.
-Deposits cover our time to build the trip, manage the limited space, and to create the contracts and agreements. 
-Our trips are one of a kind, built for intimate groups, and lean into the luxury category that fine wine demands (a value at the top tier of travel) 

*Note this is a sample itinerary, confirmed itinerary details available via Registration Packet after a deposit for trip commitment has been received. 

Trip Includes

- All hotels
- All tastings
- All meals listed (very few meals are not included)
- All Internal ground transfers within the trip
- An Argentine speaking guide
- A noted wine expert with many tours hosted all over the world 
- Epic and Exclusive Appointments
- Best of class Accommodations
- Meals and activities unless specified otherwise

Trip Does Not Include

- Airfare
- Supplement available
- Ground transfer arrival/departure to/from hotel/airport
- Any item not listed in the Includes section

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About

IAN BLACKBURN

I discovered the wine industry while working with Chef’s Thomas Keller and Joachim Splichal in the top dining rooms of Los Angeles. My passion redirected my career from restaurants/hotels to vineyards and wine-education. Now with over 25-years of experience hosting events; leading trips around the wine world; I published a wine book; produced my own wine called Beekeeper Cellars and sat for the difficult Master of Wine Exam! Today, I am considered one of the region's best wine educators and work for my 20,000 followers (follow me), visiting vineyards and wine regions and produce over 100 wine classes and events a year for my businesses and my team. 

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