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Best Wine Tasting Experiences in South America

Although you may traditionally think of Italy and France when you hear wine, South America has quickly become a rising star in the world of wine. In fact, many sun-drenched vineyards across Argentina, Chile and Uruguay have come to rival those of Tuscany and Bordeaux in recent years, according to wine experts. Sampling top-of-the-line locally produced wine on some of our shore excursions is the perfect way to immerse yourself in this region of the world. Here are four South American wine tasting experiences you shouldn’t miss during your cruise:

1. City Sights & Juanicó Winery | Montevideo, Uruguay
After a picturesque ride through downtown Montevideo, you will arrive in Juanicó, Uruguay’s ultimate wine-producing locale. This excursion will take you through the bounteous vineyards and state-of-the-art winery in Juanicó. Here you will be treated to traditional Uruguayan foods and, of course, a curated selection of wine produced at this winery, which may include cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, merlot, semillón and sauvignon blanc. If you’re after a taste of the best of Uruguayan food and wine, then this is an ideal excursion for you.

2. Montevideo City Sights, Steam Train & Wine Tasting | Montevideo, Uruguay
After a day full of adventure around Montevideo, you will arrive at the Carrau Winery. The Carrau family has been crafting wine for 265 years, but began producing wine in Uruguay in 1930, paving the way for other local wineries and the recent development of quality Uruguayan wines. While there, you’ll enjoy several types of Uruguayan wine and sparkling wine accompanied by local cheeses and ham.

3. Panoramic Valparaiso, Vina Del Mar & Winery | Santiago de Chile, Chile
After experiencing the breathtaking views of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, you will arrive in Casablanca Valley, an area where the soil is similar to that of Napa and Sonoma Valleys in California. One of the best regions for a wine excursion, the region is filled with wineries and this excursion varies the featured winery. Not only will you learn about the wine-making process, but you’ll taste several local esteemed wines and also enjoy a memorable Chilean-style lunch at the winery.

4. Live the Chilean Spirit: Wine And Horses of Casablanca | Santiago de Chile, Chile
While visiting Santiago de Chile, two authentic experiences that both locals and tourists love are visiting a local winery and enjoying a day at the Chilean rodeo. In Casablanca Valley, you will visit either Vasa del Bosque or Viña Mar Winery, where you will get an insider’s look at the wine-making process and sample some of the locally produced wines. After touring the winery, you’ll visit Puro Caballo, where you will be served a glass of wine or pisco sour while witnessing the skills and showmanship of a traditional Chilean rodeo. The experience is crowned with a savory Chilean lunch.


Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or just someone who enjoys sharing a bottle with friends, these wine tasting experiences invite you to discover the South American spirit and a delicious taste of this fascinating continent. Uncover some of these wine experiences and much more this December aboard Marina’s Rio de Janeiro to Santiago de Chile voyage!

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Our Destination Experts’ Insight: South America & Cuba in 2019-2020

On a journey with Oceania Cruises, you can indulge your sense of adventure with explorations featuring immersive journeys and tantalizing new destinations across the most breathtaking corners of the globe. From the invigorating rhythms of Brazil and Havana to the magical scenery and rugged beauty of Chile, some of the most sought-after destinations across South America and Cuba come alive in our new 2019-2020 Tropics & Exotics collection. Read on for a sampling of just a few of the great voyages in these regions, plus more about our unique wellness tours offered in South America.


Destination Specialists’ Featured Voyages

Amazon Interlude | November 23, 2019
Miami to Miami aboard Insignia | 25 Days

This magnificent journey combines relaxing days on tranquil Caribbean islands with more than a week exploring the exotic wilderness of the Amazon River, where you’ll have the chance to spot pink dolphins, toucans, sloths, howler monkeys and many other unique species.

Picturesque Patagonia | December 19, 2019 – Holiday Voyage
Buenos Aires to Santiago de Chile aboard Marina | 16 Days

With this voyage that transports you from the beautiful beaches of Uruguay to the beguiling Chilean Fjords, you’ll have unforgettable celebrations in some of the most stunningly beautiful locations in world – filled with dramatic deserts, towering granite mountains, glaciers, ethereally blue lakes, the Pampas and much more.

Cuba Impressions | February 1, 2020 & March 8, 2020
Miami to Miami aboard Sirena | 10 Days

With three overnights in Cuba, you’ll have plenty of time to get to know the country, from visiting Ernest Hemingway’s former home in Havana to touring a traditional tobacco factory in UNESCO-protected Cienfuegos and soaking up the thriving trova music scene in lively Santiago de Cuba.

Brazilian Rhapsody | March 4, 2020
Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro aboard Insignia

After visiting two ports in scenic Uruguay, it’s time to see some of the many shades of Brazil – the warm and inviting sands of Ilha Grande and Buzios, beautifully preserved Portuguese colonial architecture in Parati, the Coffee Museum in Santos, samba shows in Rio de Janeiro and more.


Wellness Tours Inspired By Canyon Ranch
On these voyages to South America, there’s no shortage of cultural diversions and natural wonders to inspire your sense of adventure. With our exclusive collection of wellness tours in South America – also offered Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand – there will also be plenty of options to unwind, reconnect and find balance in this part of the world. In Buenos Aires, you might cruise to an enchanted island and spend the day doing yoga and enjoying freshly prepared healthy cuisine at a serene hideaway created by art collector Claudio Stamato. In Santiago de Chile yoga and wine come together in a refreshing union at Viña Casa Marin. Practice yoga, pranayama breathing and mindful meditation at this picturesque boutique winery, and then cap the experience off by enjoying selections of their top dishes and wines. Perhaps learn the key to preparing healthy Peruvian dishes as you explore Callao’s markets with a local chef and then learn how to prepare several dishes yourself. Options across South America abound; visit our OceaniaCruises.com for more details.

Start dreaming – your perfect voyage to South America or Cuba is waiting.

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5 Culinary Experiences Not to Miss in South America

Whether watching gauchos in Buenos Aires preparing an elaborate and savory asado, sampling the local wines near Montevideo or enjoying Peru’s most revered dish in Salaverry – mouthwatering and fresh ceviche – South American cuisine is as diverse as its people. This continent’s dishes are a delight for your senses.

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3 Amazon Experiences Not to Miss

Christine ManjencicThe Amazon River is a wild and untamed region of the world whether you’re exploring it for the first time or have cruised up and down it many times like our Vice President of Destination Services, Christine Manjencic. After sailing the Amazon more than 20 times, she’s become intimately acquainted with the ins and outs of sailing this remote part of the world – and yes, she assures us, it is still very remote. Below are the top experiences Christine tells us you really shouldn’t miss during one of our Amazon cruises.

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Insider Guide to Buenos Aires

President & CEO Bob Binder

bob-binder-buenos-airesBuenos Aires, much more than many cities, is defined by its very distinctive and unique neighborhoods. Every time I visit, I discover something new and unexpected in this vibrant South American city – certainly one of my favorites. There’s a wide array of choices in Buenos Aires, so you have the option of visiting the galleries, cafés and shops suited to your mood and tastes. Whenever I travel, I love to explore different areas of the city to truly get a feel for the culture, the people and the daily life. Below are some of my favorite barrios in Buenos Aires – each buzzing with an energy of its own.