Hit the powder-packed ski slopes of Chile and Argentina then taste the world-class wines of the region.
The idea of combining a week's skiing at Las Lenas with a few days at the Mendoza wine region has become a popular choice for visitors to Argentina.
Sergio Begue, founder and trip leader for Andes Ski Tours, says, "Guests usually spend about a week in Las Lenas ski resort and then head north to stay in a luxury lodge in the vineyards of Mendoza for wine tasting and gourmet meals."
Mendoza is one of nine cities worldwide in the network of "Great Capitals of Wine", and the city is an emerging wine tourism destination and base for exploring the hundreds of wineries in the region.
Sergio adds, "Argentina's wine district is better developed than Chile's, it is close to the city of Mendoza and its international airport and offers a lot more when it comes to accommodation options."
Mendoza is the main viticulture zone in Argentina, recognised by the most famous Malbec all over the world, with a grape production that represents the 60 percent of the total cultivated area in Argentina. Set in the eastern foothills of the Andes, its vineyards are some of the highest in the world, growing at 1300 metres (4265ft).
Package: Andes Ski Tours is offering the seven-night "Ski & Wine Argentina" package costing $3950 (USD) per person, including five nights' in Las Lenas ski resort; two nights in Mendoza wine region; domestic flights; transfers; and most meals. The package is valid Aug. 5, 12, 26. More information
The Maipo Valley is the most widely cultivated valley in the Valle Central region and is known for Cabernet Sauvignon.
The largest producer of Latin American wines, Concha y Toro, has vineyards in Pirque, just outside Santiago, which are open to tour groups. The tour of the winery includes a visit to the vineyards, shop, and wine bar with obligatory wine tastings. Concha y Toro produces several different wine styles including a Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc made from grapes in the Maule Valley.
Package: Chilean Travel Serves ‘CTS Turismo' is offering the five-night "Ski Three Valleys And Wines" package priced at $988 (UDS) per person. It comprises five nights' lodging with breakfast at a hotel in Santiago; three full-day ski excursions in the Three Valleys (a day in each of the resorts: Valle Nevado, El Colorado, and La Parva); lift passes, equipment rental, and a group ski lesson; a visit to the Concha y toro winery; and bus transfers. The package is valid between June 15 and Sept. 30 and the price is based on two people sharing a double room. More information
Wine Tasting Promo: In celebration of Chile's world renowned wines, this winter Portillo will be hosting the "Wine Fest Promotion", which is free to guests staying a minimum of seven nights from Aug. 28 to Sept. 4.
During this week, guests can enjoy wine tastings and a complimentary one night's stay at the Ritz Carlton Santiago with transfers to Portillo.
Martina Diez-Routh, a representative for Ski Portillo, says: "Each afternoon in Portillo guests will learn about the different wines of Chile, talk to the winemakers, and taste the best wines. All of this comes at no extra cost." More information