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Estancia at Sierra Chicas

Wine Tasting

Argentina is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world.

Throughout your stay in Argentina you are likely to try a number of different wines. Vast stretches of fertile vineyards stretch along the foothills of the Andes dotted with more than 2,000 wineries, and the vineyards are based almost entirely on European grape varieties. The region is blessed with a combination of plentiful water, sandy soil, a dry climate and year-round sunshine, which makes for enormous yields.

Cordoba has a wine growing tradition that goes back some time. Records show that 10,000 vines were planted the year after the foundation of Cordoba in 1574. The wine cellar of the Jesus Maria Jesuit farm was the largest in the Spanish colony of the River Plate. From this cellar, the very first bottle of wine from the Spanish Americas was sent to the king in Spain. This wine was christened "Lagrimilla", which we still drink as a dessert wine at Los Potreros today!
Wine production in Cordoba had a second wind when the immigrants arrived from the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia in northern Italy. They founded "Colonia Caroya" in 1878 only 50 kilometers from Cordoba city in the heart of the old Jesuit country. The spirit of those pioneers still continues, as do some of their traditions and dialects.

Today riders, drivers, walkers and birdwatchers alike all enjoy the Cordoba wine produced by the Bodega Caroyense. Trying the different wines is great fun and La Caroyense selects grapes from other provinces as well as the homegrown. Some of the better wines are from these selected grapes.

Half a century ago, the stancia had a small home production of wine. Today using modern methods, La Caroyense produce and bottle the only private wine in their cellars on behalf of the estancia. The popularity of the Malbec and Torrontes is now spreading beyond visitors to the farm, and the Beggs are always keen to share informal wine-tastings with their guests.
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Estancia at Sierra Chicas
Tour Code: IT-ARRT11
8 days / 7 nights ~$3,530.00
Dates: Available all Year (except May & June)

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Difficulty : Riding Level (Click for legend) Lodging: Standard
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Polo Intro - 3 sessions
Golf nearby
Bird Watching
Wine Tasting
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Tack: English Style with English polo saddle...
Horses: Criollos, Peruvian Pasos, Quarter Hors...
Pace: Walking, ‘pacing’ and plenty of opport...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Cordoba
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Riding Level Explained
A Beginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
B Novice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
C Intermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
E Advanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handling a spirited horse in open country.
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