Beyond the better-known wine destinations in Europe and the U.S. lies an area few people know about. South of the Equator, beyond the rain forests of South America, lies a wine production mecca. Producing some top-quality wines, Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay are gaining popularity as Wine Destinations in South America for wine lovers from all over the world.

For those travelers who want to go beyond the conventional, visiting South America’s wine-producing areas is a great idea. In addition to the award-winning wines produced, tourists can enjoy culinary delights and the Patagonian outdoors.

Check our Instagram TV  Episode about “How to taste Wines from Argentina & Chile 🍷” our local host from @bodegaandeluna in Argentina and @vik_wine in chile are teaching us how to taste their wines in two of the best wine regions of South America.


Which wine destinations in South America are ‘ripe for the picking’?

1. Wine Destinations in South America: Argentina

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Mendoza is one of the key wine growing regions in Argentina

Argentina boasts two wine destinations: Mendoza and Salta. The wine most predominantly produced is Malbec. Malbec is a red wine. The grapes used in production came originally from Bordeaux in France. Argentinian production of Malbec now accounts for around 70% of the world’s Malbec.

• Mendoza  

A magical experience of being in the middle of the vineyard with the mountains in the background.

The area is home to more than 1,500 vineyards. Mendoza is the star of Argentine wines due to the incredible diversity of its production. Up to 80% of Argentinian wine production takes place here. With wineries spread out through the three main wine regions – Lujan de Cuyo, Valle de Uco and Maipu – wide open spaces with nothing but vines, mountain majesty and blue skies, and some of the best winery design in the world, it is a place you truly don’t want to miss!

Read More: A Winery from Uco Valley, in Mendoza Argentina- the Best in the World

• Salta

Another of Argentina’s wine-producing areas, Salta offers tourists great opportunities to see the wine production process.

Grace Cafayate  Hotel

Hotels such as Casa de Uco, the Vines of Mendoza, and the Grace Hotel in Cafayate can book guests on wine tours. An organized tour is the best way for travelers to see all the best wineries while enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Check our post about the Best time to visit South America wine country .

2. Wine Destinations in South America: Chile

The Santiago region of Chile is known for the French grape varieties grown and made into Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay. The area’s most famous wine is Carménère. This red wine has a unique peppery flavor which will please even the most discerning of palates. A taste sensation, the wines of Chile have their own special flavor.

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Best wine lodges in chile – Viña Vik

At the heart of Santiago’s central valley lies the Colchagua Valley.  Here the visitor can go on many wine tours to experience the delights of Chilean wine. The Lapostolle Residence in the Colchagua Valley arranges tours to maximize visitors’ wine-tasting experience, as does the Viña Vik Hotel and Spa.

Read More: Chile Wine Country, the Colchagua Valley: Top Wineries to Visit, and Wine lodges to Stay

3. Wine Destinations in South America: Uruguay

The wine production region of Uruguay is small compared to other countries. The vineyards are established and produce quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Viognier. Some wine farms lie close to the capital, Montevideo. This allows tourists to enjoy the excitement of city life with a brief ride out to some of the continent’s best wines.

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Estancia-vik in Jose Ignacio in Punta del Este

For those wishing to stay in the heart of the Winelands and enjoy their sumptuous delights, consider one of these hotels. The Garzon Hotel Maldonado, Narbona Wine Lodge, and Estancia VIK Jose Ignacio in Punta del Este offer luxury accommodation and wine tours. These are further away from the capital and offer tourists a peaceful, serene experience accompanied by exceptional wines.

Read More: Uruguay for Foodies: Amazing Winelands and Delicious Cheese

Wine connoisseurs traveling to pursue their love of the fruits of the vine are advised to add South America to their list of destinations! 

Are you ready to start planning your Wine Tour to South America?Check our Food & Wine Tour of Argentina and Chile in 14 days  or contact  one of our travel specialists to discuss creating your own experience in South America. 

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Clara Barciela ❣️⁠
Founding Partner & Director Across Argentina & South America
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