The internationally renowned vineyard Concha y Toro origins back to 1883. The founding father is Don Melchor Concha y Toro. He brought the first vines that were planted from the Bordeaux area in France to Chile.
Discover with us on this wine tour the contrast between a small privately owned winery within the city, Aquitania and one of Chile’s biggest wineries, Concha y Toro.
Aquitania has a beautiful garden with marvelous views, located at the foot of the majestic Andes in the Maipo Alto area. If you have a chance, get a bottle of the amazing Sol de Sol Chardonnay! This is also the vineyard where the grape Carmère was rediscovered.
Concha y Toro is one of Chile’s best-marketed wineries, renowned internationally. They are e.g. the sponsors of Manchester United. If you have a chance, bring back a bottle of Amalia or Maycas de Limari (both Chardonnay) or if you prefer a very powerful red wine try a Terrunyo or Marques de Casa Concha (both Cabernet Sauvignon).
Between the 2 tasting & tours, we will enjoy lunch in Pirque, in a traditional restaurant called “La Vaquita Echada”.
You will be picked up at 09.30 and returned by 18.00 to your hotel. Drive time is about 1 hour 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: 180.00 USD
*based on a minimum of 2 travelers
⊕ Private transport
⊕ Bilingual guide
⊕ Two winery tours & tastings
⊕ 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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