During this 5-day tour exploring the western vineyards of Uruguay, you will visit Colonia del Sacramento to witness the rich history of this old town. Then, head to the Carmelo region to discover three different vineyards and learn about the history of wine-making in Uruguay. Delight in multiple varieties of premium wine in each vineyard. Finally, enjoy a sunset river cruise to appreciate the coasts of Uruguay.
Explore the rich history of Colonia del Sacramento
Discover area of Carmelo, visiting 3 different vineyards
Enjoy a sunset river cruise and appreciate the beautiful coasts of Uruguay
Learn about the wine-making process and characteristics of Uruguay's wines
Arrival at Port of Colonia del Sacramento and Hotel Transfer with Guide (Private Service).
Begin your journey with a local guide on the Walking Tour of Colonia del Sacramento with museums & mate tasting (Private Service).
Explore the enchanting city of Colonia del Sacramento, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Founded by the Portuguese and the subject of disputes between the Spanish and Portuguese crowns for years, Colonia's rich history is beautifully preserved. Wander the picturesque cobblestone streets under the guidance of your local expert, uncovering landmarks like the old city gate (Porton de Campo), the historic Calle de los Suspiros (Street of Sighs), charming squares, and the local church, Iglesia Matriz. The tour includes a mate tasting session and entrance tickets to local museums.
You kick off your day with a transfer to Bodega el Quinton, where you can indulge in a tour of the vineyards and olive plantations, followed by a delightful wine and olive oil tasting session. Your journey then takes you to La Vigna Cheese Farm, where you'll gain insights into the local cheese-making process and savor some of the finest cheese varieties in the region, all under the guidance of the knowledgeable "Cheese Architect." Agustin and Lucila, the proprietors of La Vigna, have created a unique and eco-conscious establishment that focuses on sustainability and organic production. You'll have the opportunity to sample some of the most delectable and inventive cheeses. If you're interested, there's an optional cheese-tasting lunch at La Vigna, though it's not included.
In the morning, you'll have a private transfer (no guide) to Carmelo.
As the day draws to a close, prepare for an unforgettable experience: the Rio de la Plata Sunset Cruise (approximately 1.5 hours).
Embark on a serene journey through the Delta's islands, where the waters of the Río de la Plata and Rio Uruguay converge. This unique location marks the "kilometer 0" point for both rivers. Your adventure commences just before sunset at the secluded marina of Club del Faro, where you'll board a classic boat guided by our experienced captain. Explore the tales of the Uruguayan coast and its shipwrecks, and raise a toast to an incredible sunset!
Day 4: Calera las Huérfanas and the local wineries
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Meet your local guide for a visit to Calera las Huérfanas and the local wineries:
La Calera de las Huérfanas National Monument: This place's history dates back to the 18th century when the Jesuits established themselves in the northern part of the Province of Colonia in Uruguay. They continued their mission and constructed the first buildings in 1741. Here, a diverse group of people, including Indians, slaves, and priests, would gather. Following the expulsion of the Jesuits by the Spanish crown, Don Juan de San Martín assumed control of the estancia and discovered 1500 grapevines, which marked the birth of wine production in Uruguay.
You will then visit two wineries in the Carmelo region:
Bodega El Legado: A family-owned winery that traces its roots back to Bernardo Marzuca and his family, who decided to repurchase the family vineyards that had once belonged to Bernardo's father. The winery represents the legacy they continued by tending the land and crafting wine. Today, the winery is known for producing highly exclusive fine wines using a unique technique in Uruguay. Their vineyards follow a free vertical cord system, allowing the vines to express themselves fully. What began as a hobby for the Marzuca family evolved into a profound passion as more people were captivated by their wines. The winery tour includes a guided exploration of the vineyards, wine cellar, and production area, followed by a tasting of 3 wines paired with cheeses, salamis, and olives.
Bodega Cordano: A small, family-run winery led by Ana Paula Cordano and her husband, the fifth generation of the family. The tour encompasses visits to the production areas and vineyards, along with a stop at the "Almacén de la Capilla," a vintage grocery shop founded in 1855 by Antonio Cordano. The experience culminates with a tasting of 3 of their finest wines and a delectable homemade lunch.
After your wine adventures, return to your hotel.
Day 5: Return Home
After breakfast, get on a private transfer (without a guide) to Colonia del Sacramento Port.
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