Chile vs Argentina… Can’t decide between the two wine capitals? Why not have both?! You can have your cake and eat it with this fun and informative wine tasting looking at both countries with a particular focus on their wine capitals (Mendoza and Casablanca).
This two hour tasting session steers you through 6 wines from each country to show you the classic styles of each country and giving you the key to understanding the identity of their different wines and styles.
Starting with the emblematic whites from each country… You’ll taste and learn about Argentina’s only native white variety – Torrontes, from the highest altitude vineyard in the world in Cafayate, northern Argentina. Then we move on to taste Chile’s emblematic white, Sauvignon Blanc, which has become renowned especially in the coastal region of Casablanca – Chile’s Great Wine Capital.Next come the reds.
Our first red is the Argentine Bonarda, a unique variety that has transformed over centuries of growth in Argentina and particularly in San Juan and Mendoza. Hopping back over the Andes into Chile’s central valleys, we will move onto taste Carmenere, Chile’s flagship variety that was only discovered to be Carmenere 20 years ago before which it was commonly confused with Merlot.
The final top guns to arrive on the table and the two most iconic red grapes for each country, a Malbec from Mendoza, and a Cabernet Sauvignon from Maipo. Discover how these Bordeaux varieties have made themselves a home in each of these distinct wine regions.
Tried the classics already? Switch up your wine tasting to explore the lesser known regions and varieties of each country…
We’ll get started with some fizz from Argentina, a growing trend in the country and discuss the potentials of excellent sparkling wine in each country. Next we will try a Riesling from the coastal regions near Casablanca which are now being explored for their potential beyond the classic Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Moving into the realm of red wine, we will try a Pinot Noir from Gualtallary in Mendoza which is becoming renowned for a very distinct style of Argentine Pinot Noir and will discuss why it rivals Argentine Patagonian Pinot and is very different to the coastal Chilean Pinots. Back to Chile, we go on a wine tasting journey to the deep south to Itata and Maule where we will taste a Carignan from a small producer who is part of the growing independent vintner movement.
For our last reds, we will try the new classic varieties that are becoming icons for each country: Cabernet Franc from Argentina, and Syrah from Chile. While these are renowned varieties around the world, they are now taking centre stage in each country and we will taste the results of the last decade of research in each country and discuss the potential for the varieties in the many terroirs that these countries boast.
- 2 hour tasting with wine journalist Amanda Barnes
- 6 wines, tasting size
- A plate of nibbles during the wine tasting
- Mineral water
- A take-home hand out on the regions
- Depending on availability
- Location in Santiago, no transport provided
- Consult for availability in Mendoza
- For over 18s only
- 2 person minimum booking
Price: $60USD per person