For those wine lovers seeking a more intimate winery tour and the opportunity to meet the winemaker and/or owner, we have carefully selected 2 wineries for you in the Casablanca Valley for our Family-Owned winery tour.
Small, family-owned wineries have an emotional attachment to their land and follow with great attention every step in the winemaking process to ensure great wines. Family-owned wineries are independent winemakers that often have smaller productions, great wines and often still hand-label wine bottles. For the ultimate wine lover the person behind the label is as important as the end product in the glass ♥
On both winery tours by the winemaker or owner itself, you will learn about the history of the family-owned winery, the choices and sometimes sacrifices that have been made, the wine making process itself and finally you will have the opportunity to taste a fine selection of their wines.
For lunch we visit also a privately-owned restaurant where for sure the owner will be happy to entertain us with his personal life stories and his vast knowledge of wine.
Both of these family-owned wineries are located in the Casablanca Valley – famous for its production of cool climate wines due to its geographical position. The Casablanca Valley offers an excellent wine terroir due to the combination of sloppy hills, poor soil, extreme temperature variations between day and night, which results in a slow-ripening process.
You will be picked up at 10.00 and returned by 17.00 to your hotel. Drive time from Santiago is about 1 hour
In the last 20 years Chile has explored areas outside of the traditional Maipo Valley and has moved to vineyards with cooler micro-climates closer to the coast 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 which very much protects its flora & fauna. Therefore we can often find grape varieties back in Chile, which are 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 90s 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!
The Family-Owned Winery Tour is available Monday to Saturday, all year around.
Group of 2 people: 170 USD per person
Group of 4 people: 160 USD per person
Group of 6 people: 150 USD per person
⊕ 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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