Colchagua Valley in Central area of Chile

Colchagua Valley in Central area of Chile

The Chilean history is united to the grapevine and the grape from always. Chile is a level world-wide country recognized by its wines. In these programs, you will be able to know the main areas where these wines are produced. Delights your senses with these programs of full day, that are made every day of the year, and where you can combine knowing vine, to tastes on there and a dedicated Chilean local kitchen. The program includes visits to the most important wineries of the country, and includes and  exquisite and relaxing lunch.

Aconcagua Valley – In the shadow of the Andes

We will depart at 9:00 a.m. and drive an hour north of Santiago to the Aconcagua Valley. On a clear day in the valley you can see the stunning peak of Aconcagua which gives the river and valley its name. At 22,800 feet, it is the highest peak in the Americas. The Aconcagua Valley is Chile’s smallest wine valley but very well known for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah production. Moving toward the mountainous eastern edge of the Aconcagua Valley we will visit Viña San Esteban one of Chile’s first hillside wineries. This land was home to an earlier civilization that has left enigmatic remnants of their culture in the form of rock petroglyphs full of symbolism and mystery. A producer of some very impressive reds, the notable Guía de Vinos de Chile selected Viña San Esteban 2003 Laguna del Inca as one of the top 10 assemblage wines of 2006. For lunch, we will visit the 18th century hacienda Casa San Regis. Finally, we will visit Errazuriz Winery, one of the largest and oldest wineries in Chile and considered one of the most beautiful. Founded in 1870 it is in the forefront of producing upscale, quality wines.

Some Vineyards in the Central Area of Chile

Some Vineyards in the Central Area of Chile

Cachapoal Valley – A valley of hidden gems

We will depart at 8 am to explore the Cachapoal Valley located an hour and a half south of Santiago. Our first stop will be at Chateau Los Boldos, owned by the Massenez family, producers of outstanding Eau de Vie in Alsace, France. Their motto, “Wine must have soul – without soul, it is empty” is the philosophy that characterizes this “all French” Chilean winery. Afterwards we will head to the modern and innovative Gracia winery for a tasting. Finally we will visit Altair to try their Sideral & Altair – a uniquely Chilean Grand Cru. To finish up the day you will enjoy a traditional Chilean lunch at the local favorite, El Encuentro.

Casablanca Valley – Coastal wine country

We will depart at 9:00 a.m. for the coast in the direction of the port city of Valparaiso and the Casablanca Valley, the shining star of Chile’s white wines. The valley is known for its premium Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc wines. Winery development began here in the 1980s and all have a very modern feel. Our first stop will be to Viñedos Orgánicos Emiliana. Here you will learn what organic and biodynamic winemaking is all about and taste some of the outstanding wines produced by head enologist Alvaro Espinoza, arguably Chile’s most famous winemaker. Right next door is the restaurant and tasting room of the Morande Winery. Pablo Morande is the pioneering Chilean wine maker who first began planting vines in the valley. A very interesting tasting is in store for us here. Departing Casablanca we will head to the San Antonio Valley. The closest Chilean valley to the Pacific Ocean provides the cool breezes which make it an ideal climate for white varietals. Here we will visit Viña Matetic which describes itself as “the future of Chilean wine!” Stunningly modern, this new all-organic winery has named their wine “EQ” which stands for “Equilibrio,” the Spanish word for balance – the harmony of soil, climate and vine. We will have a tour and tasting at the winery. Their chic restaurant where we will have lunch is set amidst lush gardens in the middle of a pond.

Vineyards located in Casablanca Valley

Vineyards located in Casablanca Valley

Colchagua Valley – The Heart of Chile’s wine country

The Colchagua Valley is emerging as the new king of Chilean reds and today’s winery visits will no doubt demonstrate the quality of new wines coming from Colchagua, particularly of the Carmenere, Syrah and Malbec varieties. Our first stop will be to Viñedos Orgánicos Emiliana. Here you will learn what organic and biodynamic winemaking is all about and taste some of the outstanding wines produced by head enologist Alvaro Espinoza, arguably Chile’s most famous winemaker. Our next stop will be Montes, one of Chile´s most internationally recognized wineries. Aurelio Montes started the winery with three other Chileans in the late 1980s and their success as quality wine producers is now world famous. Next will be to the boutique winery Neyen which produces Bordeaux style blends from their 115 year old vines. Our day will end in the local restaurant Pan Pan Vino Vino for a delicious Chilean lunch.

Maipo Valley – Classic Chilean terroir

Departing Santiago at 9:00 a.m. we will drive south along the foothills of the Andes and stop by some exciting new wineries in the Maipo Valley. The valley, the oldest and most famous of Chile’s wine valleys, is home to many of Chile’s famous wineries such as Concha y Toro, Cousino Macul and Santa Rita and is also famous for its Cabernet Sauvignons. An informative and fun experience is in store at our first stop in the small winery of Roberto Muñoz. Aptly named Paseso del Vino (Wine Steps) he passionately describes his artisan winemaking process where everything is done by hand. Perez Cruz is our next stop. With its ultra-modern architecture, state-of-the art technology and their diverse soil conditions – from clay texture to smooth pebbles & sand – they are producing highly acclaimed Malbec, Carmenere & Cabernet Sauvignon. We will stop for lunch in the town of Pirque in the eclectic Septimo Cielo. Finally, we will visit the small boutique winery Aquitania where two well-known agronomists and wine makers from Bordeaux, France, Paul Pontallier (of Chateau Margaux) and Bruno Prats (former owner of Cos d’Estournel) are producing delicious wines and still labeling bottles by hand.

Description1 Passenger2 Passengers3 Passengers
Aconcagua ValleyU$ 387U$ 266U$ 245
Cachapoal ValleyU$ 513U$ 357U$ 292
Casablanca ValleyU$ 392U$ 267U$ 228
Colchagua ValleyU$ 509U$ 354U$ 302
Maipo ValleyU$ 194U$ 125U$ 114

The program includes:

  • Private excursion
  • Bilingual Wine guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Full day wine tours include lunch
  • Wine tasting of “6” chilean wines
  • Full day wine tours include visits and tastings to three vineyards

Important:

  • For wine tours on Saturday and Sunday, ONLY Casablanca and Colchagua Valleys are available
  • The order of the program is subject to change without previous warning.
  • The rates are subject to change without previous warning
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