A tasting wine trip through the Chilean wineries

Chilean wine is recognized worldwide for having excellent quality for a good price. Historically, the majority of national production has been Cabernet Sauvignon, but recently there has been a growing success with varieties such as Merlot and even more recently Carménère and Syrah.
The perfect latitude for solar radiation, the Pacific breeze acting to moderate the temperature, the protective nature of the Andes Mountains, allows that the grape varieties can have the perfect environment in the valleys that are located from the north to the south of the country. Therefore, a grape variety can be grown in that location that provides perfect conditions for its production. The reds grow best in the Maipo or Colchaqua valleys and the whites in Casablanca valley.
In the 90s, Chilean wines definitively consolidated their presence on the international market, with excellent results and an earned prestige. Currently, Chilean wines are exported to 90 countries in 5 continents, enjoying a well-deserved prestige.
In this tour you will have the opportunity to visit the Colchagua Valley, is a region known for its huasos, or Chilean cowboys. Most of its grape-growing production goes into making red wines, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carménère, Malbec, and others. In the month of March there is a typical grape-harvest and wine-making festival with regional wine tasting and various activities in the Santa Cruz Plaza. We invite you to enjoy a fine wine tour visiting and tasting in the most famous Chilean wineries.

 
Day tour description:
Pick up at 8 a.m. from the hotel. Drive towards the Colchagua Valley. One of the most characteristic wine-producing areas in Chile. Located some 100 miles (160 km) south of Santiago, it stretches from the Pan American Highway west towards the coast. Its perfect weather has, since the Colonial days, attracted wineries to the area. This entire valley used to be the property of a Spanish family who then bequeathed it to their children. Each offspring then built his or her own manor house, sometimes importing European architects. A well-organized tour will not only offer you a chance to get acquainted with this valley and the winemaking process, but will also give you a glimpse into the traditions and way of life of the families running the wineries, and into the local history through a stop at a fine museum.
Arrival in Santa Cruz and drive to our first winery in the road to the coast. We will start with the Bisquert Winery, located only a few miles down the road. Its manor house also follows traditional Chilean architectural lines, and encloses a small, well tended garden. It also houses a collection of antique carriages and other relics. A huge dining room occupies most of one side, decorated with period furniture. Wine tasting is sometimes performed in this room.
After we return to Santa Cruz, if time available we will visit the Colchagua Museum (entrance fees not included) and then time for lunch at the Plaza Santa Cruz Hotel with wines and based on menu. In the afternoon at 3 p.m. we will visit the Viu Manent Winery boasts a striking French-styled mansion with a leafy park in the rear that makes you think you might have landed in the Strassburg valley in France by mistake. The house used to belong to the daughter of one of the biggest landowners in the area. You will then move on to the processing facilities, where you will have a chance to see the various stages involved in converting grapes into wine. The visit ends with wine tasting in a cozily appointed wine-aging cellar. Finally we return to your hotel.
Season: All year round.
Schedules: Monday through Sunday.
 
2004-2005 COST PER PERSON
Based on double occupancy
Min. 2 person
US$ 180
3 to 4 people
US$ 150
5 to 8 people
US$ 140
9 to 14 people
US$ 120
 

INCLUDED :

  • Private transportation (Van from 2 to 8 people and Maxi Van from 9 to 14 people).
  • Bilingual driver/guide from 2 to 6 people and driver and bilingual guide from 7 to 14 people.
  • Visit to 2 Wineries guided by expert.
  • Lunch with wines at the Plaza Santa Cruz Hotel based on menu.
  • Entrances fees and tasting.

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