Day 1: Santiago - Vineyards and Central Region
We will pick you up from your Santiago hotel at 9:00 a.m. and head to the Aconcagua Valley. In the shadow of Mt. Aconcagua, the valley is Chiles smallest, but very well known as a viticulturist paradise for its natural balance of wind, heat, and soil diversity, Aconcagua has produced two 97-point wines Von Siebenthals Tatay de Cristobal 2007 and Errázuriz Viñedo Chadwick 2006. Several 95- and 96-point wines are also the pride of Aconcagua. Our first stop will be to Viña San Esteban on the mountainous eastern edge of the valley. San Esteban produces very impressive reds and was awarded a gold medal in the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2010 for its Laguna del Inca 2009. In the afternoon, we will visit Errazuriz Winery, one of the largest, oldest, and most beautiful wineries in Chile. Following a tour of the vineyard, a delicious lunch awaits in the historic casona.
Next, well head to Viña Von Siebenthal. Founded by Swiss lawyer Mauro Von Siebenthal, the boutique winery has produced one of the highest scoring wines in Chile. Of the winerys six different labels, four have scored over 90 points. Overnight at a hotel in Santiago.
Day 2: Santiago - Vineyards and Central Region
Our first stop will take us to Loma Larga vineyards. Named Winery of the Year 2011 by Wine |*@*| Spirits magazine, Loma Larga continues to represent the best of the Casablanca Valley. Loma Larga sets the bar for quality cold-climate red wines with several award winners and consistent 90 point ratings by such prestigious publications as Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.
Just a short drive away is Kingston Family Vineyards. Since its first vintage in 2003, Kingston has been turning heads with its small production Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Sauvignon Blanc. While coastal Casablanca is known for its white wines, Kingston is pioneering the production of cool-climate, artisan-style reds. Wine Spectator commended Kingston for bringing diversity and excitement to Chile and Wine Enthusiast heralded the vineyard as the Sommeliers New Chilean Favorite. After our tour and tasting, we will head to the nearby Macerado restaurant for a wine pairing lunch with Kingstons winemaker.
Driving south into the San Antonio Valley, we will visit Casa Marín Winery. Founded in 2000 by Chiles first and only female vineyard owner, Maria Luz Marín, Casa Marín has been described as one of the most daring and innovative vineyards in the country. Its outstanding wines have received many awards including Best Sauvignon Blanc in the world at the Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc World Concourse in 2010. Casa Marín was selected Winery of the Year by industry association Wines of Chile in 2010. Here we will enjoy a tour of the bodega and through the vineyard followed by a tasting of Casa Maríns distinctive wines. Overnight at a hotel in Santiago.
Day 3: Santiago - Vineyards and Central Region
The day begins with an 8:00am departure from your hotel. We will drive two hours south on the Pan-American Highway, through the marvelous agricultural heart of the Central Valley, before arriving to the Colchagua Valley. In the late nineteenth century, during the era of immense mining wealth in Chile, important families introduced fine wine varieties of French origin primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère, Merlot and Malbec to the long, thin country. Since then, and especially during the mid-1990s during Chiles rebirth as a quality wine producer, this area has developed into one of the most important wine regions in South America.
Our first visit is to Casa Silva, the oldest winery in the Colchagua Valley, which was founded by French immigrant Emilio Bouchon in 1892. Casa Silva is known for its award winning Carménère, Chiles signature grape. Your tour will include a visit to the historic winery and a tasting of their reserve wines. Next, well tour family-run Viu Manent winery. Founded in 1935, Viu Manents core philosophy is centered in attention to detail, respect for the environment, and honoring tradition while embracing innovation to support continued excellence. Viu Manent wines have won several awards, including Gold Medal distinction at the 2011 Catador W Santiago Wine Awards for their Gran Reserva Malbec, Secreto de Viu Manent Sauvignon Blanc, and Secreto de Viu Manent Syrah. Following a wine tasting, we will enjoy a delicious lunch at the winery.
A short drive away is the famed Apalta sub region, which is producing some of Chiles top quality red wines. This afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit one of Apaltas elite: Casa Lapostolle or Montes Winery. Casa Lapostolle, established in 1994 by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle (of the Grand Marnier family), produces some of the best QPR (quality/price ratio) wines in Chile. Since its outstanding debut 1997 vintage, Casa Lapostolle's Clos Apalta bottling has helped to establish Colchagua as a premier red-wine producer. Alternately, you can choose to a tour and premium tasting at Montes Winery, founded in 1988 by esteemed Chilean winemaker Aurelio Montes and three business partners with years of experience in oenology. Over the past two decades, Montes has played a key role in reviving the Chilean wine industry and launching it to the level of international acclaim it enjoys today. Overnight at a hotel in Santiago.
Day 4: Santiago - Vineyards and Central Region
Your guide will meet you at your Santiago hotel at 9:00am to begin your tour. We will drive south along the foothills of the Andes and stop by some of the hottest new wineries in the Maipo Valley. Chiles most traditional wine valley is also one of the most internationally recognized. Maipo produces many of Chiles finest red varieties. Maipo is also capturing attention for the exciting new boutique wineries emerging in the region known as the "Alto" Maipo for its vines grown at higher altitude.
Our first stop will be the intriguing small boutique winery, Aquitania. Located just outside Santiago, Aquitania was born from a formidable partnership among four well-respected French and French-Chilean agronomists and oenologists. The idea was to combine the best of French vinicultural practices with the agricultural paradise of Chile to create unique, sophisticated wines. Award-winning labels such as Aquitania, Lazuli, and Sol de Sol are proof of the projects success.
Next, we will visit Chiles top premium wine producer, Almaviva, a joint venture between Concha y Toro and Baron Philippe de Rothschild. Almaviva represents the prosperous combination of Chilean terroir and French winemaking savoir-faire. The result is a superbly elegant and complex wine. The Bordeaux-style assemblage is the first wine in Chile to receive an Excellent rating from Wine Spectator (Almaviva 2001 95 points). For lunch, we will enjoy typical Chilean dishes at the Fundación Origen restaurant, nestled within the traditional wine region of Pirque.
Lastly, we will tour Antiyal Winery. One of Chiles best boutique wineries, Antiyal is the private vineyard of Chiles most celebrated oenologist and leader in organic viniculture, Álvaro Espinoza. Antiyal has been acclaimed by the most prestigious wine magazines worldwide and is currently exported to multiple international markets. Here, we will taste two of his celebrated wines, Antiyal and Kuyen, and learn about the biodynamic process the winery embraces from Alvaros charming wife and wine expert, Mariana. Overnight at a hotel in Santiago. END OF SERVICES.
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