Work with a knowledgeable company experienced with wine tourism in the region you are visiting. The Millers planned their wine tours with Santiago Adventures (santiagoadventures.com) and with local Pennsylvania wine consultant Herb Engelbert of Tastevin Group (tastevingroup.com).
• To appreciate the wines fully, pair them with foods from local markets and from restaurants that specialize in regional fare.
• When you first arrive in a new city, take a taxi drive with a local driver and ask him to direct you to activities and places that interest you, including wine bars and farmers’ markets.
• Stay in a centrally located place from which you can fan out for day trips to wineries in different locales.
• In areas with dirt roads and few signs, hire a driver.
• Do not depend on a GPS because they often are unreliable in the Argentine and Chilean countryside.
• Google maps and maps of the wine regions are helpful in pre-planning day-trip routes.
• In many regions, public buses are excellent modes of transportation from one city to another.
Visit chilean-wine.com and argentinawineguide.com for information.