Discover 2 unique wineries with us in the Alto Maipo Valley .We start with a visit to one of Chile’s oldest wineries followed with a visit to a small privately-owned winery …
Discover 2 unique wineries with us on our winery tour from Santiago that stretch out to the foothills of the Andes and that nowadays form part of the city, as Santiago city has literally grown to the borders of their land.
On this winery tour in the Alto Maipo Valley we start with a visit to one of Chile’s oldest wineries with an amazing original wine cellar dating back to the 1850’s made out of a special substance called “Cal y Canto” a mixture of egg white, sand and lime. After all the earthquakes Chile has endured, we can still admire the wine cellar in its original state, even though during the last big earthquake in 2010 many wine bottles were lost.
We then continue our winery tour with a visit to a small privately-owned winery with a beautiful garden located at the foot of the majestic Andes. From the winery’s view tower, you can admire the beautiful views over the winery itself, the Andes and some parts of the city.
During the second tour you will be offered a gourmet selection of jamon serrano, cheese & bread to accompany the wine tasting.
You will be picked up at 10.00 and returned by 16.00 to your hotel. Drive time is about 45 min from Santiago.
In the last 20 years, Chile has explored areas outside of the traditional Maipo Valley and has moved vineyards to cooler micro-climates like Casablanca and Colchagua. This led to new productions outside of the traditional Cabernet Sauvignon – like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling and extraordinary blends like the Chardonnoir (Bodegas RE).
The arrival of Chilean wines in the established old world wine production caused a proper “terremoto”: Chile showed the world its wines can compete with the Super Tuscans and traditional Bordeaux wines at much more accessible prices.
When the old world came to Chile, the traditional winemakers from Italy and France immediately recognized Chile’s potential for its steady climate, quality of soil and unspoiled natural conditions. Due to its geography, Chile is much like an island in which very much protects its flora & fauna. Therefore we can often find grape varieties back in Chile, which is now extinct in Europe due to the Phylloxera plague.
By the end of the 19th century, the Phylloxera plague pretty much destroyed all of Europe’s wine grapes, most notably in France. An example of a grape variety that has been found back in Chile is the Carmenère grape in the Aquitania winery in Santiago.
In the 90’s Chileans discovered the potential in the wine industry which led to an enthusiastic new generation of winemakers and viticulturists. Along with the more traditional buildings marked by its European influence of the wine experts from the Old world, a whole new wave of modern architecture has embarked upon the Chilean wine houses, with amazing creations like Viña Vik or Casa Lapostolle wineries.
Chile’s fast progress using new technologies applied to old winemaking traditions has made it possible to move around mass market labels and to create high level quality wines – unique to Chile.
Finesse, elegance, diversity, complexity & authenticity are the signature to Chile’s world class premium wines!
This tour is available Tuesday through Sunday, all year around.
Price per person: 160.00 USD
*based on a minimum of 2 travelers
⊕ Private transport
⊕ Bilingual guide
⊕ Two winery tours & tastings
⊕ Gourmet Cheese & Jamon Serrano Selection
⊕ Two bottles of mineral water & crackers
Price does not include:
⊕ Optional gratuities for guides & drivers
⊕ Items of personal nature
⊕ Travel insurance
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