Increasingly acclaimed for their fine wines, Chile and Argentina both have a long history of viticulture. In Chile's Central Valley, and in the fertile areas around Mendoza and Salta in Argentina, ideal climates have led vineyards to flourish. With many now opening their doors as small boutique hotels, there's no better way to soak up the relaxed agricultural ambience, wine-producing heritage and, of course, the superlative wine for which these regions are famous than to stay at a winery watched over by the snow-draped Andes.
Ranging from the state-of-the-art to the rustic, the wineries of the Southern Cone offer rural serenity and gastronomic pleasures in a spectacular setting: imagine endless rows of vines tracing the contours of sun-drenched valleys, nestled beneath towering mountain ranges. Accommodation is typically stylish and luxurious, often in historic buildings fringed by manicured gardens, and the small number of guests allows for attentive, personalised service. Of course, a highlight of your stay will be the chance to take a bodega tour and enjoy a wine tasting session, but the food served in the often exceptional restaurants can be equally memorable. All in all, this indulgent travel experience is perhaps the ultimate treat for lovers of food and wine.