HWS Alumni/Alumnae and Parent Trip


The Food and Wine of Mendoza, Argentina

May 26, 2013 - June 5, 2013
(9 nights and 10 days)

Tour Leader

Richard Salter is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith, where he has been teaching since 1998. He is also a 1986 graduate of Hobart, where he studied political science. Following graduation Richard spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the small Caribbean island of Dominica, where he also returned later for his graduate field work on the formation of Catholic, Pentecostal and Rastafarian groups. Richard's academic specialty is the Christian tradition, which he approaches with a mix of sociological, anthropological and theological methods. A firm believer in hands-on global education and intercultural immersion, Richard developed the semester-long Mendoza, Argentina program and led it in 2008, 2010, and 2012. On this trip, Richard will provide background on Argentine history and the group will explore food and wine as a way of approaching Argentine culture.


Trip Overview

Argentina has long been known for its capital, Buenos Aires, home to colorful neighborhoods, melancholy tangos, soccer fanatics and grand personalities like Evita.  But that is only part of the country.  Our tour will explore a different Argentina - an Argentina of clear skies, gauchos, and snow-capped mountains - while we sip mate, eat empanadas and asados, take siestas and sample Malbec and Torrontes, Argentina’s famous red and white wine varieties.

Join us as we explore Mendoza - Argentina’s wine capital, gateway to the Andes, and growing center of bodega architecture and gastronomy.  We will start in the city itself, with bus and walking tours that highlight important historical landmarks (such as Gen. San Martín’s crossing of the Andes) and the geology of the zone (where Pacific and South American tectonic plates meet and unfold 250 million years of history).  There will also be time to explore the downtown, enjoy café life, visit museums and parks, and browse the artisans’ booths in Plaza Independencia.  And, of course, there is tango in Mendoza and we will attend a performance. 

Mendoza Vineyard

In addition we will walk in Aconcagua Provincial Park (the base of the tallest mountain in the Americas), visit Puente del Inca (the farthest point south of the Incan Empire), and stay for a night in the Tupungato Valley (home of some of the best known bodegas in the country).  We’ll visit an olive orchard and sample olive varieties and oils, and we will tour a range of local wineries.  Our main meals will be at bodegas that specialize in multi-stage wine and fine food pairings and Argentine specialties like the traditional asado (barbecue).  We’ll also spend a couple of hours horseback riding in the mountains, and in the evenings we’ll relax with talks and discussions on architecture, wine and other aspects of Argentine culture.

 Come and experience a different Argentina through the terroir of the Andes and the cuisine of Argentina’s multi-ethnic heritage!

Climate in Mendoza:

Month Average High in Mendoza Average low in Mendoza

Mendoza is located at the foot of the Andes Mountains. These mountains greatly influence the weather and climate of this wine-growing region. As a result, the weather in Mendoza is very mild and dry, with most of the rainfall in December - March. June has the lowest rainfall of the year. The overall climate of Mendoza is quite similar to the climate in California.

The fresh breezes, bright sunshine and clear skies of the Andes Mountains are very pleasant, but it is important to realize that there are large differences in altitudes and temperatures across the province. Because of these variations, warm clothes are recommended anytime when visiting the region.

Map of Argentina

Trip Details

Cost: $2840 per person for double occupancy and $3590 per person for single occupancy.

What is included:

  • Hotel accommodations for nine nights at quality hotels located in and around Mendoza (see hotel list below)
  • The trip includes breakfast each morning, 8 multi-course lunches and 2 dinners.

    Note about meals: Because Argentines typically eat dinner late (i.e. often at 11pm or later), we have arranged the group’s main meals to take place at lunch time. Professor Salter will recommend places that you can go in the early evening if you wish to pick up a snack or small bite to eat.
  • Transfers to and from the airport in Mendoza
  • All tours, guides, entrance fees and transport as indicated in the itinerary
  • A handbook that includes emergency numbers, packing ideas, what to do about money while in Argentina, advice about travel adaptors and much more. This will be sent to all confirmed participants a month or so before departure.

Olive Oil Tasting

What's NOT included:

  • Any meals not stated above
  • International flights - we will offer an optional group flight through our travel agent
  • Medical and travel insurance:
    • Every traveler needs to have medical coverage while in Argentina so check with your current medical insurance provider to see if you are covered abroad. If you are not, you can purchase a short-term travel medical policy online from companies like CMI or Med Ex Assist, to name just two.
    • We also strongly recommend that everyone purchase travel insurance to cover trip cancellation (not just trip interruption) in case you are unexpectedly unable to travel after you have paid for the trip.
    • Some companies offer a combined medical/travel policy if you need both. The best place to start the search for insurance is at http://www.insuremytrip.com/plans/index.html where you can choose medical, travel cancellation or both, and compare policies from different companies side by side.


May 27 – May 31 (Nights 1-4)
Executive Hotel, Park Suites, Mendoza - http://www.executive.parksuites.net/

May 31 – June 2 (nights 5 and 6)
Lares de Chacras Hotel in Chacras de Coria - http://laresdechacras.com/en/ (depending on availability). Otherwise the group will stay at the Executive Hotel, Park Suites, Mendoza.

June  2 (night 7)
Salentein Posada in Tupungato - http://www.bodegassalentein.com/en/posada/acerca.html

June 3 – 4 (nights 8 and 9)
Executive Hotel, Park Suites, Mendoza - http://www.executive.parksuites.net/

Note: if we have to change the hotels for any reason, any substitution will be a hotel of similar quality.


Reserving a place on the trip:

  • We can accommodate a maximum of 20 people on this tour, so book early to ensure your place. Our past alum/parent trips have filled up quickly!
  • In order to reserve a place on the trip, you are requested to fill out a booking form online. We will accept reservations on a first-come-first-served basis and we suggest that you reserve as soon as possible, as we expect this trip to sell out. Please note that alums and parents of HWS students have priority in booking this trip. Once we reach the 20-person maximum, we will start a waiting list.
  • Within 10 days of making the online booking, we require a non-refundable deposit of $750 per person. We prefer payment by check but credit card payment can be arranged by calling Betty Merkle in Alumni House at (315) 781-3771. The deposit will be applied to the overall cost of the trip. The remainder of the trip cost, minus the deposit, will be due by January 7, 2013.

    Checks should be made payable to "Hobart and William Smith Colleges" and mailed to:

    Sharon Walsh
    Center for Global Education
    Hobart and William Smith Colleges
    300 Pulteney St.
    Geneva, NY 14456

    Tel: (315) 781-3663
    email: walsh@hws.edu
  • Once we have received your online reservation, we will email you Part 2 of the booking form which we ask that you return promptly.

Bodega Ruca Malen

Cancellation policy:

Once you have paid the deposit, if you cancel the trip before January 7th, we may, at our discretion, refund your deposit if we are able to find a replacement for you.

If you cancel the trip after January 7th, you will lose your $750 per person deposit and you will be responsible for any fees or deposits above and beyond $750 that we have paid to vendors on your behalf that are non-recoverable by us. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance (see above under “What’s NOT included.”)

Group Flight:

We will provide a group flight option through our travel agent once the fares for next year are available. We expect round trip fares to Mendoza to be approximately $1200-1400 from New York City, not including the fare from your originating city to New York. Our travel agent can also book the trip from your originating city if you wish. You are not required to purchase the group flight, although if you choose to book elsewhere, we suggest that you book the same flight (or a flight that arrives earlier than group), so that you can be included in the transport from the airport to the hotel. If you arrive later than the group, you will be responsible for making your own way to the hotel. Please do not book any flights until we have contacted you about group flight options, so you are aware of the flight times, etc.



Dates: May 26, 2013 – June 5, 2013

Cost: $2840 per person for double occupancy and $3590 per person for single occupancy. Airfare not included.

Register/Deposit: Complete and submit the online registration form now to reserve your spot.


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