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When you think of South America, you might imagine impressive glaciers, incredible jungles, extreme desserts, and stunning beaches, but South America is more and more putting itself on the wine radar for its quality wines.

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Mendoza is one of the key wine growing regions in Argentina

The wine region of South America is one of its best-kept secrets. If you are a wine lover, adding the South America wine region on your next trip is a great decision. The next thing to discover is when is the best time to visit South America Wine Country.

Lying in the southern hemisphere, spring and summer last from September to February, while autumn and winter lasts from March to August. With the same seasons and similar climates, visitors to any South American wine destination should consider the same guidelines.

Read more: Check our post about when is the best time to visit South America.

When is the best time to visit South America Wine Country?

The wine country in South America is concentrated in 3 countries:
Argentina which has two major wine-producing areas: Mendoza and Salta.
• The Santiago region of Chile 
Uruguay

Read more: Wine Destinations in South America to Tempt any Palate

Uco Valley in Mendoza is one of the key wine growing regions in Argentina

1. Off-peak rates

Peak rates are offered at the height of summer, especially as Christmas approaches. A predominantly Christian continent, both Easter and Christmas are celebrated and lie within school vacation times. This is the time that accommodation is at its most expensive.

2. The grape-growing process

Going to any winery in early spring will leave the visitor disappointed. The vines have only then begun to awaken from their winter slumber. The summer is the best time to see the grapes as they grow. Right at the end of summer is harvest time for grapes. The vineyards are at their most beautiful, laden with the fruits of the vine, ripe for the picking. This time falls predominantly in the month of February.

3. Activities around the wine-making process

Many wine areas celebrate the harvest with special festivals. Tourists are offered more than usual as part of a wine tour. Participating in the harvest or being part of the wine-making process are attractions for many tourists. This goes beyond the regular wine tasting a tour offers for the remaining months of the year. Hotels in the area offer wine tours that get tourists to the best places to maximize their wine tour experience.

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Grape harvest in the vineyard at @narbonawinelodge

Read more: The Top Five South American Harvest Festivals You Can’t Afford to Miss

4. The climate

Winter temperatures in South America can be cold the further south of the Equator the tourist travels. Summer is punctuated by high temperatures and short rainstorms. The months of March and april yield pleasantly warm temperatures that are not oppressively hot. They are the best time to visit South America Wine Country.

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Viña Montes take a basket and have a delicious picnic in the garden of the vineyards.

There are several hotels in South America’s wine country that offer luxury at competitive prices. Some exceptional hotels in the South American wine country include:

• Argentina: The Vines of Mendoza in Uca Valley, The Grace Hotel, Cafayate, and Casa de Uco in Mendoza
• Chile: Lapostolle Residence in the Colchagua Valley which is also home to Viña Vik.
• Uruguay: Estancia VIK Jose Ignacio in Punta del Este, The Narbona Wine Lodge, and Garzon Hotel, Maldonaldo.

Best wine lodges in chile - Viña Vik
Best wine lodges in chile – Viña Vik

High standards of service excellence make for satisfied guests and an unforgettable trip. Potential visitors should book their accommodation for mid-January to mid-March well in advance. This is the greatest timeframe for visiting the South American Winelands.

Read more: The Best Wine Hotels of South America

Let us help you plan your unforgettable holiday! Check our suggested Argentina & Chile wine and Gourmet Tour in 14 days. We’re here to help you get the most out of your precious time in South America, without compromising on comfort and feeling like you’re rushing around.

Maria Barciela
Founding Partner & Director Across Argentina & South America
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Born and raised in Buenos Aires, we founded Across South-America to help guests experience the ‘real’ South America – without compromising on comfort. A decade later, and Across South-America is a well-known boutique travel agency crafting outstanding vacations for couples, friends and families from all over the world. Our main point of difference is that we’re local experts. South America is our backyard. . Read More
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