Food and wine

It is no surprise that Latin America, which gave the world, chocolate, chilli peppers, potatoes, vanilla, pineapple and corn and much more, that their cuisines should also shine. You will discover many more unique and diverse flavors that are part of the rich culture of food in places like Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and the Caribbean. Latin American culinary revolution started with the Spanish conquest and later waves of immigration to all parts of the continent that added complexity and diversity of ingredients and flavors mixing the old world with the new world. Today Latin American cuisine is regarded as an emerging power and one of the most exciting and interesting cuisines in the world. In Peru, renowned local chef Gaston Acurio made famous Peru’s own unique cuisine now much acclaimed and popular the world over. His restaurant, Astrid and Gaston in Lima, Peru has been on the list of world’s best restaurant for some time now, It clearly has Spanish and Japanese influences with produce that showcase Peru’s coastal, jungle and Andean region. Peru was the winner in the category of World’s Leading Culinary Destination in 2012 by World Travel Award. D.O.M. restaurant in Sao Paolo, a champion in using produce from Brazil and the Amazonian region, is among world’s top 5 restaurants. Mexican cuisines also has its winners. Pujol and Biko in Mexico City are competing for the title of the best restaurant in Mexico. Many of the hotels in our collection offer outstanding culinary experiences with Refugia and W Hotel in Chile, Four Season Punta Mita in Mexico and Titilaka in Peru being good examples.
Along with modern avant-garde traditional cuisines of Mexico, Peru and Colombia will never disappoint you and introduce new exotic ingredients. South American wines (with Chile and Argentina being the leaders here) are recognized worldwide as producing some of the best wines. The wine valleys around Santiago in Chile: including Casablanca, Maipo, Colchagua, Curico and Maule are Chile's most productive and internationally known wine regions. They are home to the country's finest grapes and winemakers producing amazing varieties of red and white wines including chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, merlot, malbec, cabernet sauvignon and syrah wines, as well as carménère, from Chile's own signature grape. Carménère is red varietal grape that disappeared from European vineyards in the mid-19th century and reappeared in Chile a century later.