The Wine Capital (4d/3n)

Experience the variety of wines in the wine valleys which surround Santiago.

Description

Wine is one of Chile’s greatest ambassadors, and this slim South American country was home to some of the first wine grapes in the New World, brought by Spanish Jesuits in their missions and expansion of the Colonial Empire. Today the influences go far wider, incorporating commercial French grapes into this rich and giving terrior. No wine lover should miss a chance to make a wine visit the central theme of their stay while passing through Santiago, or as a destination itself.

Program:

Day 1:

  • Santiago Arrival – Transfer Airport-Hotel
  • Urban tour with food & wine tastings

Day 2:

  • Casablanca Valley Wine Tour with Lunch
  • Free Evening

Day 3:

  • Maipo Valley Wine Tour with Lunch
  • Transfer Hotel-Airport

Day 4

  • Free time – or add an extension
  • Transfer Hotel – Airport

Day 1

We’ll be at the airport upon arrival to pick you up and take you and to your hotel for your stay in the Chilean capital. Ask about early check in options.

The experience starts that same afternoon, when your guide will meet you at the hotel for a four hour walking city tour that will introduce you to the city, its historic and cultural bases, and of course the food that makes it move. We start in Parque Forestal, one of the city’s first large scale public works and green spaces for a narrative on the history of the city and its rise to a South American landmark. Next we will examine the contemporary cultural and culinary landscape by visiting the neighborhoods of Bella Artes and Lastarria, located at the base of Cerro Santa Lucia, where the city was founded. Along the way we will stop at two different locations to sample the latest interpretations of typical Chilean ingredients, and finish with a wine tasting and food pairing. Our route will also take us past boutique clothing stores, museums, food stores, wine shops, book stores and more. Depending on your interest we can adjust the content of the tour, including stops at:

  • GAM Cultural Center
  • MAVI Visual Arts Museum
  • Bellas Artes Fine Arts Museum
  • Pre-Columbian Art Museum
  • Cerro Santa Lucia
  • Santa Lucia Indigenous Market (souvenirs and gifts)

Following activity, we will drop you off at your hotel.

Day 2

Now that you’ve had a brief introduction to Santiago, its history and the wine, it’s time to set out for the surrounding wine country. In a small group of no more than 8 people, (Private option available), we will pick you up at the hotel and set forth to the Casablanca at 9:00am, making the 40 minute drive into the Casablanca Valley.

Once in the valley, we will visit three of its unique and innovative vineyards:

Bodegas RE– formed by Pablo Morandé, whose family laid the groundwork that would lead the valley into what it is today. Bodegas RE prides itself on wines of unique character, and in doing so has turned back to the roots of Chilean wine making, employing large Amphora in their production.

-Kingston Family Vineyards- Also a generational project, starting in 1918, marked by the arrival of Carl John Kingston from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Tucked away in a hidden corner of the Casablanca Valley, the project has evolved over the years, with roots in the mineral trade which would lead to agriculture, dairy cattle, grape growing and finally, wine. With a close relationship to Pinot Noir winemakers in Napa Valley, Kingston embodies a blend of Chilean terrior with its international roots. But most importantly are the stunning views of the valley and its award winning wines, all presented in an exclusive and detail orientated setting.

Casas del Bosque- Founded in 1993 Casas del Bosque has a spread of wines that cover the range of possibilities for the Casablanca Valley: Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc, and well as reds, Merlot, Carménère, Syrah and Pinot Noir. It also grows Cabernet Sauvignon in the not so far off Rapel Valley. Owned by the family behind one of Chile’s largest department stores, Falabella, but the project is under the guidance of an expert winemaking staff. This staff is permanently devoted to the Casas del Bosque project, and formed by the following professionals: Grant Phels, Master in Science of Viticulture and Oenology at the Lincoln University of New Zealand; Patricio Aravena, Universidad Católica, Chile; Pilar González as the vineyard enologist advisor, with Hernán Amenabar, both from Universidad Católica, Chile. Their facilities and restaurant are an echo of the quality in their wines.

 Loma Largo- Tracing their roots back to the great-grandfather of its current owners, Don Manuel Joaquín Díaz Escudero Alvarez de Toledo, who made successive trips to Europe and brought back with him cuttings of vines that would be planted here in Chile, founding the roots which would inspire the vineyard today. Nestled between hills, or lomas this boutique vineyard is under the care of winemaker Tamara Baeremaecker, whose 18 years of experience has put her at the head of Chile’s most celebrated wines, like mass wine maker Concha Toro’s coveted Don Melchor. But Loma Largo represents the contrast to the large vineyards, offering instead a peaceful corner of the Casablanca valley to provide a country and home-style setting for your visit.

House – Casa de Vino- A facility that offers everything a visitor might want to experience when visiting the Casablanca Valley. Owned by Grupo Belen, part of the Yarur family, whose patriarch Juan Yarur used success in the textile industry to enter the world of banking, wine, art and fashion. House Casa de Vino has a gourmet food store with local products from the valley and beyond, tasting facilities a full service restaurant and a green groove in the back for enjoying Chile’s fine Mediterranean weather. This is also a favorite or ours for lunch, with wine and food pairings orchestrated by its Chef Felipe Espinoso. His work in the kitchen reflects his time working abroad in Madrid and Brazil.

After our three visits, we will return to Santiago at around 6pm.

Day 3:

Today we will pick you up at your hotel and head to the Maipo Valley, home to Chile’s bold red wines and some of its most important vineyards. We will visit two vineyards, one big and one small, in order to feel the difference in their winemaking style, winery design and operation.

Vineyard choice depends on availability, but some of the options are:

-Perez Cruz– A family owned project that has blossomed into an award winning vineyard. Perez Cruz produces a selection of reds, and also has one of the most unique wineries built in Chile. Visiting is an experience all to itself.

-Santa Rita- One of Chile’s largest producers of wines, and has developed a potent tourism business that adds a bit of history with its industrial wine making. The grounds include two national monuments, its incredible cellar and the casona where its restaurant Doña Paula is located, and also has an Andean museum on hand as well.

Haras de Pirque A fine producer of red wines located in the community of Pirque, which lies just across the Maipo River from the Santiago metro area. As a “Hara” (stables) it also is a breeding center for horses, and the grounds can be visited as well upon request.

-Aquitania- Nudged between Santiago and the base of Cerro San Ramon, this vineyard is actually within the city limits. A boutique, French and Chilean owned wine maker with quality red wines.

We will visit two vineyards, and after the second one enjoy a relaxing lunch at the vineyard, paired with their wines.

DAY 4:

  • Free day, with private transfer from your hotel to the airport.
  • At an additional cost add an extension for this day, including:
  • Valparaiso/Viña del Mar
  • Wine Country: Casablanca, Maipo or Colchagua
  • Hiking in the Andes

Includes:

  • Airport transfer In/Out
  • 3 Nights Lodging at Hotel Luciano K with Breakfast
  • Walking City tour of Parque Forestal, Barrio Bellavista & Lastarria, 2 food stops, Wine & Food Pairing
  • Full day Casablanca Wine tour of 3 vineyards, lunch and transportation included
  • Full day Maipo Wine Tour of 2 vineyards, lunch and transportation included
  • Private Bilingual Guide
  • Email/phone/WhatsApp assistance
  • Assistance with added services, restaurant reservations

Contact us directly for your quote or with questions.

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