Best Wine Destinations to Tour in South America

Paracas, Peru
Paracas, Peru. Photo by Pau Casals on Unsplash

While Mediterranean nations such as France and Spain may be famous for their wines and vineyards, some travelers might not realize that South America has a rich array of wineries of its own. Here are some of the best wine destinations to visit across South America that would impress even the most experienced wine connoisseurs.

Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Home to Argentina’s capital city of Buenos Aires, this province offers tourists the opportunity to enjoy sea, sand, and surfing on its coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. Among this province’s wine lovers’ gems is the coastal resort town of Mar del Plata, home to the Costa & Pampa winery which offers varieties including Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. There is also Bodega AlEste, a boutique winery with several beloved vintages.

Ica Valley, Peru

In this exotic region of Peru, you can find the Paracas National Reserve, a perfect spot for a vacation in nature. When you aren’t breathing in fresh air in the wilderness, you can visit the Pisco 1615 – Bodega San Nicolas, where you can sip on some of the finest barrel-aged piscos while enjoying scrumptious cuisine at world-class restaurants including Central and Maido.

Maldonado, Uruguay

The east coast of Uruguay is a perfect place to enjoy some waves yet also sip on tasty wine. The coastal town of Punta del Este is an ideal place to vacation, where you’ll enjoy the waters of the Atlantic Ocean while wining and dining the night away. French restaurant La Bourgogne and seafood establishment Lo de Tere are two restaurants where you’ll be able to sip on world-class wines including Pinot Noir.