Chile has a worldwide reputation for its excellent wines, the quality of Chilean wines owes much to the efforts of our winegrowers, who took great pains is caring for those French vines that made of our soils their natural environment.
Chilean vineyards were first established in the mid-sixteenth century by Spanish missionaries. These viticulture pioneers planted the grape known as Pais, which is similar to the "Mission" grape widely grown in California and the Criolla variety grown in Argentina. For the next 300 years the Pais was Chile's primary grape and still comprises about half the total vineyard land. In 1851, a Spaniard Silvestre Ochagavía, brought in French wine experts, followed by cuttings of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Sémillon. Other varieties were subsequently planted, including Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer and Riesling. The next four decades saw the establishment of numerous wineries that are still prominent estates today including: Cousiño Macul (1861), San Pedro (1865), Errazuriz (1870), Santa Rita (1880), Concha y Toro (1883), and Viña Undurraga (1885). These six wine estates plus those of Caliterra, Los Vascos, Santa Carolina, Saint Morillon, and Walnut Crest account for almost 90 percent of the Chilean wines exported to the United States. Chile seems to have an ideal environment for growing grapes.
At 8 a.m. pick up from your hotel to start our day tour. We will drive to Talagante towards Undurraga Vineyard at 10 a.m. It was found in 1885 by Don Francisco Undurraga Vicuña. Here we will around the vineyard located in the Maipo Valley with a specialized guide who will teach us about the production process of the different musts while visiting the cellars and the beautiful park of the landlord's Villa, which was designed by the French landscaper Pierre Dubois. The tour ends with a tasting of one of our Reserve wines. There is also a wine shop called "La Sacristía" where you can purchase our wines and souvenirs.
Then, we continue our tour towards Tarapaca Vineyard, one of the most traditional and experienced wineries in Chile, as the establishment of our first vineyards, on the foothills of the renowned Maipo Valley, dates back to 1874.
Our trip continues towards Santa Rita Vineyard, located in Alto Jahuel at 36 km. south of Santiago. We will have an exquisite lunch in the restaurant of this Vineyard. After at 3:30 p.m. we will visit it. It is considered as a National Monument. The complex has houses, a church and a beautiful park all built in 1883. The winery was founded by Don Domingo Fernández Concha in his estate in Alto Jahuel. This estate had been functioning since the colonization time and was at the side of the old access road to Puente Alto. Bernardo O'Higgins lodged there after the Rancagua disaster and its warehouses served as a refuge for Manuel Rodriguez.
Finally we return to your hotel.
Min. 2 people
US$ 150
3 to 4 people
US$ 130
5 to 8 people
US$ 120
9 to 14 people
US$ 110


  • 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 3 Wineries guided by expert .
  • Lunch with wines at the Santa Rita Restaurant .
  • Entrances fees and tasting.
Min. 2 people
US$ 110
3 to 4 people
US$ 90
5 to 8 people
US$ 80
9 to 14 people
US$ 70

Note: only available from Monday to Friday.

In the Maipo Valley Undurraga owns two properties. The Santa Ana vineyard, in the heart of the Maipo river valley in the district of Talagante, 34 Kms. Southwest of Santiago with a planted area of 350 acres. The terrain is alluvial, of medium sandy grain, well drained, with relative depth and moderate fertility.
The other is Fundo Codigua in the district of Melipilla, 70 Kms. from Santiago with a planted area of 620 acres. Because of its proximity to the Pacific coast, it produces magnificent white grapes of the Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc varietals, aside from an excellent red Pinot Noir grape.
History: Don Francisco Undurraga Vicuña was born in Chile in the year 1855. Still young, he traveled to Europe where he studied law and painting. Don Francisco was a versatile and enterprising man. Aside from graduating as a lawyer in Italy, he also was a politician (a congressman in Chile), writer, farmer and painter. One of his oil paintings, portraying his wife and himself, can be admired in the main office of the vineyard.
Under the supervision of a French viticulture expert, M. Pressac, the first vines were planted and adapted easily and well to the Chilean climate. The Chilean is the only "pre-phylloxera" vines remaining in the world. Miraculously, Chile was not affected by this beetle, which completely destroyed European vineyards toward the end of the 19th century and obliged grape growers to graft their varieties onto North American vines.
Viña Undurraga was one of the first exporters of Chilean wine. The first shipments to the United States took place in 1903. Today, Viña Undurraga exports its wines to more than fifty countries in the five continents.
Cellars: Viña Undurraga has one of the most prominent winemaking teams in Chile headed by Agricultural Engineer and Oenologist Mr. Hernán Amenábar. Undurraga is also assisted by the eminent French oenologist, Professor Monsieur Guy Guimberteau. Viña Undurraga has built one of the most modern and efficient wineries at the Fundo Santa Ana in Talagante where the winemaking, aging, and bottling take place. The winery has an installed capacity of 20 million liters in a fermentation plant using the latest technology and in the old, cool underground aging cellars built by Don Francisco in the XIX century.
Viña Undurraga has been particularly careful in selecting its vineyards. . This agricultural activity is distributed in four properties with a total area of 2500 acres. They are located in the Maipo valley and the Colchagua valley and are dedicated exclusively to the production of the finest grapes. These are the very best regions for the production of the "vitis vinifera"
The climate is sub-humid Mediterranean, with mild winters, dry summers and fresh nights, all of which assure the production of healthy grapes with delicate texture and accented aromas.
History: Viña Tarapacá Ex Zavala came into being in the nineteenth century, in 1874, and was then named "Viñas de Rojas" after its founder, Don Francisco de Rojas y Salamanca, a well-known businessman of that period. With fine vines imported from France, Don Francisco established the vineyard on the foothills of the Andes Mountains, planting grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot for red wine, and Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon for white wine.
Later, under the ownership of Mr. Antonio Zavala, the winery became "Viña Zavala". When Antonio Zavala and his wife split up, she received the estate as part of the divorce settlement. Mrs. Zavala's lawyer at that time was Don Arturo Alessandri, known as the "Lion of Tarapacá". In recognition of Alessandri's services, the estate was renamed "Viña Tarapacá Ex Zavala".
In 1992, when the Fósforos group - an important Chilean holding engaged in agro industry, forestry and trade - took control over the winemaking operations of Viña Tarapacá, a decision was made to launch an ambitious development program targeted at international markets, backed by the estate's "Century-Old Tradition" and the prestige it had won in the domestic market.
To that end, Viña Tarapacá acquired "El Rosario de Naltagua", a 2,600-ha estates located in the Maipo Valley, of which 600 ha are flatlands irrigated by the Maipo River. With this acquisition, one of the main goals of the development program was achieved: to offer customers increasingly larger volumes of fine wines made by Viña Tarapacá.
In addition to being one of the leading wineries in the Chilean market, Viña Tarapacá Ex Zavala has become today one of the largest exporters in the country, with shipments growing at an average annual rate of 50 percent as of 1994 and reaching more than 50.
Between 1992 and 1997, the first 420 hectares of fine grape varieties were established in "El Rosario de Naltagua" estate, located in the Maipo Valley. Also, significant resources were allocated to expanding and improving the vinification capacity, incorporating stainless steel technology for controlled fermentation and modern bottling lines.
Investment in production capacity has continued and today the winery has more than 600 hectares planted with fine grape varieties earmarked for the making of top quality wines. In recent years, efforts have been focused on establishing non-traditional varieties, such as Mourvedre, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Viognier, Malbec, and others, with excellent results, as shown by the wines themselves.
On the other hand, Viña Tarapacá has pioneered the production of Terroir wines, a concept that combines excellent soils, climatic conditions and vines for the making of an internationally acclaimed line of wines.
Today, Viña Tarapacá has an annual production capacity of 15 million liters, which places it among the largest wineries in Chile.
The old master house owned by Domingo Fernández Concha, who founded Viña Santa Rita, has a 40-hectare park created in 1882 by Guillermo Renner, a French landscape designer. Hundred year-old trees of the most diverse varieties - like chestnut, cedar, olive, almond, orange and lemon trees - in addition to the largest bougainvillea of America - dress and perfume this peerless park. Innumerable statues, some of them of a mythological origin and others representing the four seasons, accompany the visitor, showing the beauty of each corner offered by this huge and pretty garden. The park is permanently being maintained and cared for by 15 gardeners. Santa Rita's fertile lands rightly rank among the company's most valuable assets. Carefully selected, Santa Rita's vineyards are located in the best Chilean wine growing lands with the aim to achieve the best quality wine that Chile can produce.
Doña Paula Restaurant: currently a national monument was named after Paula Jaraquemada, owner of hacienda Santa Rita's manor house over 200 years ago. At that time, a number of historical events related to the independence of Chile took place here. Bernardo O'Higgins, the general who achieved independence for Chile, and 120 soldiers took shelter here after fighting the Spanish crown forces. Santa Rita's most famous range of products is called "120" in homage to these patriots.
Hotel Casa Real: Since 1996, the old master house belonging to Mr. Domingo Fernández Concha has been equipped as the beautiful Viña Santa Rita's Casa Real Hotel. The large house, which shows a Pompeian style, has 16 cozy rooms.
Old and modern features may be observed in the hotel. Tear lamps, heaters, pictures, tapestry and armoires are combined in a contemporary decoration yet not abandoning a classic style. The Bishop's Room - formerly inhabited by a religious man - is available for holding meetings. A billiard table imported from England by Domingo Fernández Concha and a piano waiting for some guest is part of the ample game room offered by the hotel.
In 1885, the French architect Teodoro Burchard finished building the Neo-Gothic chapel located adjacent to the old master house. Although years have passed, everything shows a very good preservation condition. The trip made by one of the restorers of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel from Florence, Italy to recover this temple was not in vain.
Cellars: Domingo Fernández Concha founded the Viña Santa Rita cellars in 1880. French technology was imported for their construction.
The company currently has a total of four cellars for the wine producing process located in Alto Jahuel, Los Lirios, Palmilla and Lontué. French and American oak barrels are used in the aging cellars, where wine acquires complexity and body, with a woody flavor and a soft and delicate aroma. One of Chile's oldest aging cellars is located in Alto Jahuel (Buin.) Viña Santa Rita's best wines, like Casa Real and Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon for export are aged in the cave of this storehouse. This cellar was built with stone masonry by French architects and has been declared a National Monument.

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