Private Argentine wine tour
When you take a tour with Panoram, you'll enjoy exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to wineries not offered to the public. You'll visit some of the highest elevation vineyards in the world. You'll have lunches and dinners with owners and winemakers at their wineries, and taste fine and rare wines. You'll be comfortably chauffeured through some of northern Argentina's most breathtaking scenic routes shaped by the mountains and carved out by the ancient, indigenous people.
Simply put... you'll see and experience Argentina's northern wine-land in a way that others won't.
But Argentina is more than just wine - we want to guide you through the culinary and cultural wonders of our homeland. Argentina is rich in passion, delectable foods, natural splendor and colorful, warm people.
Your tour guides will be our own Mariano & Angelina Cebrián.
Born and raised in the province of Salta, Argentina where the majority of your tour will take place, Mariano and his team will arrange all activities and coordinate exclusive day trips, excursions, meals, and tastings for an all-inclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Note: This is a privately arranged tour currently held for a preferred client. You must be prior-approved to join this tour by preferred client/Panoram Tours.
Tour size: 10 people + 2 personal Panoram Tour guides
Dates: March 4 - 10, 2019
All hotels are Double Occupancy - Panoram Wine Tours are designed for adults and to be experienced with a companion - whether that be your significant other or a friend. Therefore, wine vacation tours are based on double occupancy. If single occupancy is preferred, contact us for single supplement surcharge and details. If you are interested in a private tour, that can also be arranged.
Price: $4,900 per person
Your Tour Includes:
Roundtrip private transfers to/from airport and hotels. Mineral water on board
Roundtrip domestic airfare within Argentina (Buenos Aires to Salta, and return)
All group tour transportation on private, deluxe group vehicle with private chauffeur and your personal tour guides on board
3 destinations - Buenos Aires, Salta city, and Cafayate
6 nights accommodations, double occupancy, at some of Argentina's finest boutique hotels, rich in history and comforts
7 full days of activities, private winery tours with owners and winemakers, culinary delights, cultural experiences, and scheduled leisure time to explore on your own
5 multi-course Lunches with wine; including one hands-on culinary cooking course and lunch with the winemaker (more details in itinerary)
6 exclusive, multi-course Dinners with wine and wine/food pairings alongside sommeliers, chefs and vineyard owners; including one Dinner + Tango Show & Lesson (more details in itinerary)
5 formal wine tastings; including a wine blending course/experience
2 Winery tours, including 1 private Vineyard Harvest Experience - immerse yourself in the entire winemaking process from actually harvesting the grapes in the vineyards to bringing them to the winery for processing and learning the secrets from the the winemaker one-on-one while tasting the wines before and after fermentation (weather permitting; more details in itinerary)
Privately guided Buenos Aires city tour with English-speaking guide
Private site-seeing/destination excursions along one of Northern Argentina's most picturesque state routes - shaped by the mountains and carved out by the ancient, indigenous people
2 full days and 1 half day of personal leisure exploration
We have bespoke packages for you to select from should you wish to golf, enjoy spa days, take a private plane ride over the vineyards and mountains, visit more wineries not on the scheduled tour, take in another culinary course, enjoy a private city tour, horseback riding through the vines, trek with a local guide, etc. Or - take the time to explore and shop on your own!
Museum entrance tickets for leisure half day - Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña (MAAM)
2 personal Panoram Tour Guides accompanying you throughout the entire tour, both English & Spanish speaking
Expert local guides, English-speaking
International Airfare - However, we will connect you with our airfare travel agent who knows our schedule to help you select your flights
2 Lunches on scheduled personal leisure/exploration time
1 Dinner (on the last night - but we'll provide excellent recommendations)
Medical & travel insurance
Highly recommended. Panoram Tours will not be held responsible should you elect not to have your own coverage.
Items of a personal nature, such as room service or mini bar purchases, food or beverages outside of tour program, spa services, bespoke activities, transportation outside of what's provided on the tour, etc.
However - should you wish to extend your trip to either arrive early or stay later to explore more of Argentina or Latin America, we are happy to assist you with building out a customized program. Mendoza, Patagonia, Iguazú Falls, Bariloche, Machu Picchu, the beaches of Uruguay and the wine regions of Chile are all just a hop away. Just let us know!
Private Tour for March 4 - 10, 2019. Must have prior-approval to join this tour.
Day 1 - Monday | Buenos Aires
Overnight flight Sunday night to Argentina (not included)
Land in Buenos Aires that morning, breakfast available at hotel
Private transfer from airport to hotel
1 night accommodations in Palermo Soho district at Nuss Boutique Hotel
Orientation Walking Tour
Progressive Lunch - Eat Like a Local
Welcome Dinner - 3-course Dinner + Tango Show & Lesson at Gala Tago
Also known as "the Paris of South America", Buenos Aires is one of the largest cities in Latin America and is abundant in cultural, historical and artistic offerings. The name, Buenos Aires, means "fair winds," or literally "good airs" in Spanish.
After checking in, we'll get acquitted with Palermo on an Orientation Walking Tour. Our hotel is located in what is considered the bohemian heart of Palermo Soho and is very close to the famous square: Plazoleta Cortazar; or Plaza Serrano, as locals call it. During the day the Plaza hosts an open-air market where you'll find crafts, clothing, art, jewelry and much more! Buenos Aires’ finest boutiques are here, from clothing stores and artisanal leather goods to bookstores and wine shops.
While we're out, we'll enjoy a Progressive Lunch - Eat Like a Local! This is a different way of enjoying Buenos Aires gourmet life. We will begin our meal with traditional empanadas, then move on to a corner spot to get a taste of one of Argentina’s most iconic dishes: “choripan.” We will end our lunch visiting one of the city´s famous ice cream parlors where we will taste the Italian heritage at its best.
We'll return to the hotel to relax & refresh before dinner.
Private transfer will take us to Gala Tango, one of the most glamorous tango spots in the city! Originating in Buenos Aires, you'll get your chance to learn this infamous dance with a Tango Lesson, followed by an intimate, passionate Tango Show – complete with live quintet orchestra as we enjoy a 3-course Dinner with wine.
Private transfer back to hotel.
Day 2 - Tuesday | Buenos Aires to Salta
Breakfast at hotel
Private transfer from hotel to airport
Land in Salta, city, with private transfer from airport to hotel (flight included)
1 night accommodation at Balcón de la Plaza in Salta, city
Dinner at hotel
Private transfer to La Casona del Molino for Folklore Experience
After breakfast and leisure time in the morning, private transfer will then take us to the Domestic airport to catch our afternoon flight to Salta, city, the capital of Salta province and our gateway to the Andes Mountains!
Upon landing, private transfer will take us to the hotel. You’ll have time to stretch your legs and explore the famous Plaza 9 de Julio located in the heart of the city just steps away for our hotel! There you will find a plethora of street cafés, shopping, museums and two of Salta's famous cathedrals: Catedral Basílica de Salta and Iglesia San Francisco.
A Private Dinner will served at the hotel with a spread of traditional "Salteñan" foods, particularly empanadas!
After a relaxing dinner, private transfer will take us to La Casona del Molino for a true folklore experience. La Casona del Molino is an authentic "peña" in a 15th century colonial home where locals gather to sing traditional folklore songs as local musicians fill the night with their acoustic guitars, bombos, cajón peruano and powerful voices. Consumptions not included.
Private transfer back to hotel.
Day 3 - Wednesday | Salta to Cafayate
Breakfast at hotel
Morning site-seeing the city of Salta at your leisure, with tickets to Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña (MAAM)
Private site-seeing in deluxe vehicle along along the crown-jewel of northwest Argentina - the impressive and riveting Route 68
Boxed lunch with wine picnic along the route
3 nights accommodations at Grace Hotel Cafayate
Private dinner at hotel
After breakfast, enjoy leisure time to explore more of Salta's Plaza 9 de Julio and may a visit to the Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña (MAAM). Take in a "cafecito" (little coffee) and "medialuna" (sweet crescent roll) or enjoy lunch at a street café, admiring the beauty of the park and people passing by.
After your leisure morning and lunch, we'll begin our adventure from Salta to Argentina's celebrate northern wine-region: Cafayate. We’ll travel in our spacious, deluxe private sprinter vehicle; stopping for pictures and exploration along the way. A major part of the majesty and awe of Argentina's northwest are the natural splendors along the scenic routes.
We'll travel along stunning Route 68, where majestic, rich red mountains dominate against the impossibly blue sky! We'll stop at natural wonders "The Amphitheater" and “The Devil’s Throat,” where the wind has carved unbelievable caverns with outstanding acoustics. As we continue to cut through the impressive landscape, we'll stop for pictures and exploration along the route, as well as a boxed lunch with wine picnic.
After our journey, we’ll checkin to the luxurious Grace Hotel Cafayate, which is nestled in the middle of a vineyard surrounding by pre-Andean mountains alongside La Estancia. Grace Hotel's offers world-class service, dining and amenities, such as a full service spa, one of the most prestigious golf courses in South America, beautiful grounds to explore and a plethora of bespoke programs to enjoy.
That evening, we'll enjoy a private, gourmet dinner buffet with local wines at the hotel's restaurant, which offers a stunning view of the sunset and dramatic, surrounding landscape.
Day 4 - Thursday | Cafayate
Breakfast at hotel
Experience the colorful world of Cafayate on your own. Bespoke programs available to select from (own expense)
Asado Under the Stars Dinner with tour guide, chef, host and native: Mariano Cebrián!
Today is your full leisure day to discover all Cafayate as to offer through its wines, its plethora of activities, local artisans, gastronomy and the majestic landscapes and colors of the Calchaqui Valley and surrounding area.
Cafayate has so many fantastic wineries to explore, tour and dine. You can visit a few more on your own today, or we will be happy to arrange a "vine crawl" for you!
Stroll through charming downtown Cafayate and explore its artisan shops, restaurants, wine bars and ice cream parlors that serve... you guessed it... wine ice cream! Don't forget to check out The Grapevine & Wine Museum (Museo de la Vid y el Vino)!
We also have a wide variety of bespoke programs to choose from, including:
World-class golf at La Estancia
Outstanding Spa Services at both Grace Hotel & La Estancia, including a grape-seed exfoliation scrub!
Vines & Bubbles sparkling wine tour & tasting
Horseback Riding through the Dunes and/or Vineyards
Private Plane Ride Over the Calchaqui Valley
Trekking Day in La Yesera
Guided Mountain Biking
Goat Cheese Factory visit & tasting
Artisan for a Day pottery course
A Walk Through the Cactus Gardens
(Reservations required in advance for bespoke activities)
That evening upon returning to Grace Hotel, you'll be treated to an Asado Dinner Under the Stars with wine, grilled by your tour guide, chef, Certified Wine Specialist and Salta-native: Mariano Cebrián; and we'll toast to our extraordinary journey we've shared together.
Rest up for tomorrows adventure!
Note: All activities and transportation, excluding breakfast and Asado Dinner Under the Stars, are at your own expense this day.
Also, like all of Northern Argentina, Cafayate practices "siesta" every afternoon; so some shops and places will traditionally close from approximately 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Day 5 - Friday | Cafayate
Breakfast at hotel
Private, 2-hour Vineyard Harvesting Experience at Bodega El Porvenir de Cafayate, which includes harvesting grapes with vineyard manager and guides, processing at the winery, and private winery tour and tasting with the winemaker
Also includes one case per couple/pair of the wine that personal you helped harvest (delivery up to one year later)
Culinary Course at the private winery home of the El Porvenir family, where we'll learn how make empanadas!
Private asado lunch with El Porvenir's Laborum wines on the home's veranda alongside El Porvenir winery staff.
Priviate dinner with wine blending at Bad Brothers Wine Experience
After breakfast at the hotel, we'll board our private vehicle and head for Bodega El Porvenir de Cafayate vineyards. There, we'll enjoy a private, 2-hour Vineyard Harvesting Experience with El Porvenir Vineyard Manager and harvest staff (not open to the public, weather permitting). We'll venture into the vines equipped with our harvest shears and bins and will experience first-hand the harvest and learn viniculture secrets alongside Vineyard Manager and staff. After vineyard harvest, we'll travel along with the grapes to the winery and experience the wine making process up close and personal. Once at the winery, the El Porvenir Winemaker will guide us through the process and will end with a tasting from the stainless steel vats (not normally offered to the public). From there, we'll enjoy a tour and full wine tasting served with a typical cheese "picada."
One case of the grapes you helped harvest and turn in to wine will be delivered to you approximately one year later once the vintage is ready and imported to the U.S. (one case of wine per couple/pair).
Afterward, private transfer to the El Porvenir family's winery home for a private Culinary Course and Asado Lunch on the veranda. Carmen, El Porvenir's master empanada maker, will teach the us the art of making Salteña empanadas step by step. We'll sip Torrontés and cook the empanadas in a traditional adobe oven, enjoy views of the nearby Andes Mountains and wander the grounds. Then, we'll sit together for a private Asado Lunch with wine alongside the El Porvenir winemaking staff, who'll share stories and answer your questions.
Private transfer back to the hotel for rest and relaxation.
That night, private transfer to Bad Brothers Wine Experience in quaint downtown Cafayate, where we'll enjoy a private dinner and wine blending experience. Bad Brothers' in-house sommelier will introduce us to Bad Brothers wines and walk us through the art of wine blending to create our own wine!
Private transfer back to hotel.
Day 6-7 - Saturday/Sunday | Cafayate to Buenos Aires
Breakfast at hotel
Private transfer back along the stunning Route 68 to Salta
Boxed dinner picnic with maté experience along the route
Drop off at Salta airport for late evening flight (flight included)
Land in Buenos Aires Saturday night with private transfer to hotel
1 night accommodations at The Brick Buenos Aires 5-Star Hotel
Sunday - Leisure Day!
We have Bespoke Programs available to select from (own expense). Or - you're in the heart of the best shopping, bistro cafés and historic architecture in Buenos Aires; feel free to explore the area on your own!
Sunday night - private transfer (included) to international airport for overnight flight home (not included)... or, elect extend your stay! Ask us in advance and we can arrange everything.
After breakfast, we'll head over to the breathtaking, colonial winery of Bodega El Esteco, founded in 1892. There we’ll enjoy an impressive winery tour and tasting. Afterward, we’ll walk over to the luxurious Patios de Cafayate wine hotel where we’ll drink in the magnificent scenery among the vines and have lunch with wine on the courtyard patio.
After lunch we’ll travel back along Route 68 toward the city of Salta; providing a final opportunity to stop for pictures and exploration. A boxed picnic dinner with a traditional maté experience will be served along the way.
We'll be dropped off at the Salta Airport, where we'll catch our late evening flight back to Buenos Aires.
Upon landing, private transfer will take us to check in at The Brick Buenos Aires 5-Star Hotel in the prestigious, high-fashion Recoleta district.
Sunday is a full leisure day to explore Buenos Aires. We have a variety of Bespoke Programs for Buenos Aires available to select from at your own expense. Or - you're in Recoleta... the heart of the best shopping, bistro cafés, parks and historic architecture in Buenos Aires; feel free to explore the area on your own! We can also provide plenty of lunch and dinner recommendations this day!
That evening, private transfer will take you from hotel to the International airport for your overnight flight home (landing Monday morning).
Not ready for your wine vacation to conclude? Want to extend your trip? No Problem!
Whether you want to arrive to the tour a few days earlier or stay later to explore more of Argentina or Latin America, we are happy to assist you with building out a customized program. After all - Mendoza, Patagonia, Iguazú Falls, Bariloche, Machu Picchu, the beaches of Uruguay and the wine regions of Chile are all just a hop away. Just let us know - firstname.lastname@example.org!