Day 1: Santiago - Vineyards and Central Region
We will meet you this morning at your Santiago accommodations to depart for the renowned Casablanca and San Antonio wine valleys, situated about 90 minutes outside of the capital city. Our first stop will be to Viñedos Orgánicos Emiliana, where you will learn about organic and biodynamic winemaking while tasting some of the outstanding wines produced by Alvaro Espinoza, one of Chiles most famous oenologists.
Next, youll have a tour and tasting at 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.
Following your tour and tasting, well drive to the neighboring San Antonio Valley and Viña Casa Marín, where you will settle in for a night in their guesthouse, nestled atop a hill amidst the Sauvignon Blanc vines with incredible views of the vineyard, the town of Lo Abarca, and the Pacific Ocean.
Day 2: Santiago - Vineyards and Central Region
This morning begins with a delicious home-cooked breakfast in Villa Casa Marín. Youll next have a tour of the vineyards and winery, accompanied by a tasting of Casa Maríns distinguished wines. 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. Casa Maríns 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. It is also Chiles closest vineyard to the coast, situated just 2.5 miles (4km) from the Pacific shoreline.
About 20 minutes away is our next stop at the state-of-the-art winemaking facilities of Matetic Vineyards. The winery incorporates organic agricultural practices and an architecture which optimizes vinification. Grapes are handpicked and carefully examined to ensure only those of highest quality are used in the winemaking process. In August of 2011, Wine |*@*| Spirits magazine once again selected Matetic among its 100 Top Wineries in the World and has been called a great ambassador for Chilean wine on the world stage. We will enjoy a tour and tasting followed by a delicious lunch at their chic Equilibrio Restaurant, set in lush gardens near the stunning colonial guest house. In the afternoon, you will be transported back to Santiago. Overnight at a hotel. END OF SERVICES.
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