Oda al Vino 7 days & 6 nights

DAY 1

We pick you up from the international airport of Santiago and then…

SANTIAGO AND ITS HIGHLIGHTS

You begin  your adventure in the oldest area of Santiago call “”Barrio Concha y Toro “.Walking on the cobble stone streets you will see the old life style of Chilean people,you will have time to take photos of the many styles of architecture from dating back to the 19th and early 20thcentury.After that you will get into de neighborhood “Republica “ to see the homes of the high society then,leaving behind the old area you will visit the  civic area  the Presidential Palace call “La Moneda”,(get out and walk from the civic area to the main market), Plaza de la constitucion “. Visit the main square,call “Plaza de Armas “enjoy a nice walk by the main Cathedral and Post office.Pass by the main market “Mercado Central”, Going along  “ParqueForestal”you will go all the way toward the top of the hill “San Cristobal“ where you can see the best overview of the city ,at the look out ,“Hundimiento”, enjoy the beautiful landscape of the park, going down the hill you will get to the district called “Providencia“ known for its green areas and beautiful churches . You will visit the modern  area call “Las Condes” in order to see how Santiago has been growing since 1541 when Pedro De Valdivia Arrived.Then we will pick you up for a light dinner in the oldest areas of Santiago there is a great neiborhood called “Lastarria”,there we will enjoy a nice walk and a great wine pairing.

Included:

  • A private professional English speaking driverguide
  • Transportation in spacious, clean, air conditioned and comfortable vehicle with a professional driver.
  • Toll roads
  • San Cristobal hill entrance
  • Bottled of water
  • Welcome dinner at Boca Nariz
  • Overnight at Eco Carmenere hotel,Le Reve or Singular

Not included:

  • Gratuities for driverguide

Duration:

The City Tour takes approximately 3 hrs.

 

Some pictures of what you will see:

 

DAY 2

TRADITIONAL AND BOUTIQUE PREMIUM WINERIES

Perez Cruz, Santa Rita & Aquitania wineries

We will drive One-hour south  to the  Maipo Valley, where we will see the narrow valley between high cliffs , at the foothill of the Andes, is the most important and productive vineyards of Chile for red grapes.The natural conditions of the Maipo Alto Valley for the production of premium wines, led Perez Cruz to choose the best varieties for its terroir.The 140 hectares of vines are planted with The 140 hectares of vines are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon,Carmenere,Merlot,syrah,Malbec and Petit Verdot.The principal aim of  Viña Perez Cruz is to produce fine wines, with a proper identity but that expressed all the qualities of the Maipo Alto, the cradle of the Chilean premium  wines. At the most suitable varieties were chosen. At the same time the winery building was constructed with a high technology standard but design to harmonize with the natural landscape.The architect José Cruz Ovalle created a laminated wood building with low stone walls around the base. It measures 6000 square meters and has natural light. The wooden roof, supported on curved pillars of the same material, was designed to allow thermal isolation and free air flow circulation, both ideal for fine wine making. We will tour around the vines and the production building including a wine tasting. Our next stop is going to be for the Viña  Santa Rita  that it was founded in 1880, by a distinguished entrepreneur of those times, Mr. Domingo Fernández Concha in the area of Alto Jahuel where the main installations of the winery are currently located. From the very beginning, he introduced fine French varieties, winemakers and the most advanced winemaking techniques. At the end of the 80´s a great expansion period for Santa Rita starts, sustained by the great momentum experienced by its exports and the excellent reputation acquired by its products, which obtained important awards and worldwide recognition. We deserved  a remarkable lunch for special food tasting, their service is characterized by their family atmosphere and natural cooking. All the products are grown in their organic gardens and are handcrafted by their chefs. Then our last premium boutique winery will be  Viña Aquitania ,there two wellknown agronomist and wine makers from Bordeaux,France,Paul Pontallier(of Cahteau Margaux) and Bruno Prats(former owner of Cos‘Estournel) they, In 1990, they acquired 43 acres in the “Quebrada de Macul” – historically the heart of the Maipo valley vineyard – at the foot of the Andean cordillera, near the city of Santiago. We will tour the vines and the production building ending with a wine tasting under a walnut three.

 

Duration:

Departure from Hotel in the morning

From 09:00 hrs to 19:00hrs.

Included: 

  • A private professional English speaking driverguide
  • Transportation in spacious, clean, air conditioned and comfortable vehicle with a professional driver.
  • Toll roads
  • Premium Wine tasting in Santa Rita
  • Private Tour and Wine tasting in Perez Cruz winery
  • Premium Tour and Wine tasting in Aquitania winery
  • Lunch Chilean food tasting with wine in a local restaurant
  • Bottled of water
  • Overnight at Eco Carmenere hotel,Le Reve or Singular

 Not included:

  • Gratuities for driverguide
  • Dinner in Boca Nariz

 

DAY 3 

THE CARMENERE ROUTE

CACHAPOAL/COLCHAGUA VALLEYS

Alchemy and Maturana wines

We will drive to the Almahue valley to the Cachapoal region The owner/winemaker North American Alphonse DeRose of DeRose Vineyards in Monterrey they produces famous 125 year-old vine Zinfandel and Negrette. He said : “ This Chilean project started after an evening of music, wine and conversation among friends while he was working at a winery in Chile. The idea was to spare no effort and make an exceptional, completely hand-made wine at an exceptional price by marrying modern vineyard and winemaking techniques with old vine grapes. He has worked intensively with the local grape growers to implement meticulous vineyard management techniques that were unfamiliar to them, like heavy leaf plucking, shoot positioning and dropping of fruit, to ensure the highest quality fruit possible. Part of the secret to this wine’s quality was the creation of a highly skilled, low cost local labor force through intensive training in advanced viticulture and the vinification techniques.
The grapes are grown in gravelly, sandy, light clay soil in the Almahue sub-zone in the Cachapoal Valley zone in the Rapel sub-region in the Central Valley region south of Santiago in the Entre Cordilleras area. The individual grapes are hand-picked at optimal ripeness, one at a time or in small bunches, followed by a natural yeast fermentation in small fermenters. There is typically a seven day maceration. The wine is aged for twelve months in 20% new French oak.
And what a wine! So smooth and supple, it lithely glides through the mouth, coating with rich flavor and sensuous texture. There are bright berry aromas and flavors, with the slightest hint of herbs and earth to remind you that it is Carménère and not Merlot. There is good natural acidity to keep everything vibrant and alive. And the tannins are very silky and smooth. The finish is rich and satisfying. Only 250 cases made”.We will tour the área with the winemaker and enjoy sharing and learning while you enjoy a great tasting with some local cheese and then a in their great gardens’  house we will enjoy  lunch made by them with local products.Our experience continue to our next valley Colchagua in the Tambo area  by  San Fernando city there we will continue to the winery Maturana. Born after the tremendous earthquake that rocked Chile in 2010, Maturana wines is the small scale project of Javier Maturana Lanza, together with his son José Ignacio, to develop wines of exceptional quality with a unique sense of place.

 

Each step has been carefully thought through, hand crafting the selection of grapes considered good enough during the harvest, to produce an artisanal wine which faithfully represents their work ethic.

 

As they use to tell, “there are no recipes here… just the unwavering urge to create wines like no others”

 

Vineyards were carefully selected according to their natural geographical and climatic characteristics, together with soil structure, which allows us to have a sense of place and identity.

 

Grapes must have good skin and tannic ripeness, be healthy, and have a maximum of fruit expression when harvesting. This is done via berry tasting at the vineyard to thus obtain fresh, unique wines with character and great ageing potential.

 

The cellar is geared to take complete advantage of the natural beauty of the grapes we have selected and to leave their unique characteristics unaltered when they are made into wine. Very small stainless steel tanks have been specially designed to be able to process the grapes with minimum intervention during their fermentation process; and, under an absolutely controlled system of supervision.

 

 

Grapes are hand harvested during the early hours of the morning in 7kgs trays, to maintain the natural freshness and to avoid the skin splitting. This is where the manual process starts, followed by de-twigging and all the fermentation & ageing processes carried out by hand, without mechanical intervention of pumps which might alter the natural and original conditions of the grapes

The owner and winemaker will take you through the process of winemaking of an exclusive wine over 92 points and make a tasting with cheese and dry fruits.Then we will continue to Colchagua’s heart ,Santa Cruz town where we are going to stay overnight.

 

It includes: 

  • A private professional English speaking driverguide
  • Transportation in spacious, clean, air conditioned and comfortable vehicle with a professional driver license.
  • Toll roads
  • Private Tour and wine tastings Alquemy winery
  • Local lunch with wine at the Alquemy Winery
  • Private tour and wine tasting in Maturana winery
  • Overnight at Terravina hotel in Colchagua
  • Bottled of water per person

 

Not included: 

  • Gratuities for driverguide
  • Tips in restaurants

 

 DAY 4

PREMIUM COLCHAGUA VALLEY

Clos de Apalta ,Viu Manent and Apaltagua wineries

 

We are going to drive 2 ½  hrs. South of Santiago to visit our first winery La Postolle winery, in Apalta valley ,there we will see Clos Apalta that is 100% gravity-fed spanning five levels, three of which are buried into the granite of the Apalta hillside to provide a natural cool temperature environment for cellaring and ageing. This rare vertical design allows the wine to flow naturally downward during every stage of the production, eliminating the need to pump, which can adversely affect the subtle flavors of the wine.Grapes are hand-harvested and brought to the highest level of the winery where they will be 100% hand-destemmed, a labor intensive technique performed by only very few wineries throughout the world. Fermentation takes place in 21 small French wooden vats which size corresponds to a parcel of our Apalta vineyard. Thus we can enhance the personality of each of our terroir plots. Throughout our facilities you will see how gravity plays an important role to gently create our Clos Apalta wine. You will admire a wonderful setting in which wine industry blends perfectly with design.The tour will take a bit more than an hour, and you will be introduced into the winemaking world; finishing with a tasting of Casa Lapostolle wines, which will be longing to be a part of your experience.Then we will see the contrast with Viu Manent Winery , there you will enjoy a full rounded experience with Viu Manent wines. In a vintage horse-drawn carriage, you will go through the winery, vineyards, and cellars. You will visit the Estate and unveil its history. Then, learn the wine-making process and wine tasting by the wine vat,. Visit the wine store and Emporium ,then we will go for its restaurant where  the path of tradition, innovation, excellence and the distinguishing style of cooking is well known in the region,you will tour the winery and then continue to the best sub-valley of Colchagua ,from there come the best premium wines of Chile “Apalta Valley” to visit our last winery Viña Apaltagua, The story of Viña Apaltagua began in 1995, when the successful American businessman Edward Tutunjian was on vacation in Chile, and fell in love with both the country and its surprising wines. It was at that moment that he decided to invest in Chile, and acquired his first vineyard, La Pancora, located in the Seventh Region of Chile, in the prestigious Curicó Valley.

Afterwards, with the aim of increasing both the surface area planted, as well as the variety of grapes, a second property was acquired in Huaquén, located in the town of Curepto, in the Maule Valley, an area known for the excellence of its grapes. This vineyard was chosen for its climactic conditions, dominated by a large temperature fluctuation between day and night. Later, the Apaltagua Winery was incorporated into the company, located in the Sixth Region of Chile, in the Apalta Valley in Colchagua, which is characterized for its excellent conditions for viticulture.

Later, land was purchased in the town of Pirque, in the Maipo Valley, where there is also a reserve with a home called the Hacienda de San Juan de Pirque, which is now the guest house of the winery, and is surrounded by a beautiful centenary park with a native forest, all of which are now recognized as part of our national heritage.

Finally, the estates of Palmilla (Colchagua) and Manantiales in San Antonio Valley were incorporated into the existing vineyards, transforming the company into a Multi-Valley Winery, with  presence in five of the major wine-producing valleys of the country. This allows them to have diversity in the varieties and wines, due to the qualities that each Denomination of Origin provides. The consistent excellence of their wines has given them prestige and recognition over time, in the different international markets, which has been reflected in the most important wine publications in the world. In 2010, Apaltagua was the third most internationally award-winning Chilean vineyard. In 2011, the winery was granted 45 medals in international competitions and in 2012 it received 45 awards for its different wines, in countries such as the United States, Belgium, France, England, Chile and Germany, among others.   In 2013 the winery has already been awarded with numerous recognitions,we will do a private tasting of the great wines and then we will continue our way back to  Santa Cruz.

 

Duration:

 Departure from Hotel in the morning

From 09:40 hrs to 17: 00 hrs.

 

It includes: 

  • A private professional English speaking driverguide
  • Transportation in spacious, clean, air conditioned and comfortable vehicle with a professional driver license.
  • Toll roads
  • Tour and wine tastings in Viu Mannent winery
  • Wine tastings in Apaltagua winery
  • Tour and wine tastings in Clos de Apalta
  • A typical lunch a la carte at the winery Viu Mannent
  • Bottled of water

 

Not included:

  • Gratuities for driverguide
  • Tips in the retaurants

 

 

DAY 5

SAN ANTONIO VALLEY

Casa Marin and Matetic wineries

In the morning we will go through different towns toward the Coastal range and the San Antonio port we ,will get to a town call Lo Abarca ,here we will visit Casa Marín ,this is a family-owned winery located in the San Antonio appellation, only 4 kms. from the coast. It is currently Chile's closest vineyard to the Pacific Ocean. It was founded in the year 2000 by Maria Luz Marín, winemaker and entrepreneur, whose goal of providing innovation to the local wine industry is being accomplished by her focus on premium wines which are a reality with the new “terroir.”

It has been described as one of the “most daring and innovative” vineyards in the country. Surrounded by the steep hills of the Chilean coastal mountains, the unique microclimate and wide variety of soils found here give birth to a “terroir” recently discovered for the viticulture of fine wines. The first 25 hectares were planted with Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, Gewürztraminer, and Riesling.

Chilean and British winemakers comprise a dedicated team who has contributed their know-how to the production of truly outstanding wines. In the year 2008 received 92 points in the Wine Spectator for its Syrah, well we will tour the winery and do a wine tasting having a great view of the coastal rages´ slopes. We will continue to our next stop at “El Sauce “ for a special 100% local lunch, their service is characterized by their family atmosphere and using their own vegetable and meat for  cooking. All the products are grown in their organic gardens and are handcrafted by them ,you will try their great vegetables and its  BBQ pork  with a great wine that will go along with it.Our final stop will be at the Matetic Winery , by the town of Rosario. This winery is a state-of-the-art winemaking facility  constructed so as to complement its glorious setting. In other words, harmony has been reached between the winery´s organic agricutural practices and the natural landscape of the valley. This winery, which has a 300 thousand-liter capacity, relies on a gravitational-flow design that optimizes management of the grapes brought in from the nearby vineyards. During a tour you will learn about the different phases of wine production while appreciating stunning views of the vineyards and the beautiful Rosario Valley. With its maritime influence, cold nights and temperate days, Rosario Valley is putting out fine red wines-and challenging the myth that quality red wines can only be produced in warm climates. You will have the chance to be part of an exclusive wine tour and tasting to discover the various stages of wine production and to enjoy the outstandingly beautiful natural surroundings.After that you will stay overnight at its Casona (Hotel) ,wait until dinner is served and enjoy the ocean of stars by the swimminpool.

Duration: 

Departure from Hotel in the morning

From 09:00 hrs to 17: 00 hrs.

 

It includes: 

  • A private professional English speaking driverguide
  • Transportation in spacious, clean, air conditioned and comfortable vehicle with a professional driver license.
  • Toll roads
  • Tour and wine tastings in Casa Marin winery
  • Tour and Wine tastings in Matetic winery
  • Dinner in Casona de Matetic
  • Overnight at the Casona of Matetic
  • A traditional lunch at El Sauce
  • Bottled of water 

 

Not included:

  • Gratuities for driverguide
  • Tips in the retaurants

 

DAY 6

VALPARAISO REGION

QUINTAY VILLAGE AND CASAS DEL BOSQUE WINERY

 

We will begin our experience in Casa el Bosque ,this winery is located 70 km from Santiago, the capital of Chile, and 30 km from one of the principal ports of Chile, Valparaiso. It was conceived in 1993 to be a family boutique winery exclusively oriented to the production of e high quality wines. Casas Del Bosque has its own vineyards in the Casablanca Valley, a privileged place for premium wine production. It guarantees that our entire grape production and all its treatment is carefully handled and controlled by us, leading to the highest quality.

Currently, Casas del Bosque has 245 productive hectares of white vines, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc, and red vines, Merlot, Carmenere, Syrah and Pinot Noir. Additionally, Besides, there are 13 hectares in the Rapel Valley, with Cabernet Sauvignon grapevines, many of which are 35 years or older.The we will do a tour and a wine tasting, then we will continue to have a great lunch in  “ Caleta quintay “,The Loco (Chilean Abalone) is probably one of the most important and sought out Shellfish in Chile's traditional gourmet seafood. The majority of Loco's are harvested in sustainably managed and nationally protected areas. The first protected areas, managed comercially within environmental and sustainable parameters was created in Quintay, located 122 kilometers from Santiago and 47 kilometers from Valparaiso.

Though very hard to reach, Caleta Quintay is a unique and pristine place. Its fishing organization has persisted a couple of generations and is made up of a very united group of organized families. In Chile Caleta Quintay is considered a pioneering organization in seafood sustainability and commercial management of natural resources

We will visit its Museum and its beautiful beaches ,a great outdoor wine tasting will go along with the ambience .Then we will continue to Valparaiso where you are going to stay overnight.

 

Included: 

  • A private professional English speaking tour guide
  • Transportation in spacious, clean, air conditioned and comfortable vehicle with a professional driver.
  • Toll roads
  • Visit to Quintay village
  • Entrance to the Quintay Museum
  • Lunch in Quintay
  • Tour and Wine tasting in Casas Del Bosque Winery
  • Overnight at Acontraluz hotel
  • Bottled of water per person

   

Not included: 

  • Gratuities for driverguide

 

 DAY 7

VALPARAISO AND CASABLANCA VALLEY

The two faces of the coin

We will walk in Valparaiso, the main port of Chile, it was discovered in 1536 by Juan de Saavedra a member of the expedition to Chile led by Diego de Almagro.He could never have imagined that the country he saw to be name Valparaiso, would develop into the bustling and legendary city that is today. The most important and picturesque port of Chile and the Western seaboard of South America. Entering by Pedro Montt, seeing the main Congress of Chile, Italian Square, Victoria Square and main square Plaza Soto Mayor , stop for a picture. We will ride in its famous 19th-century funicular elevators to the top of the hill to the 21 de mayo look out to see the best overview of the bay enjoy the spontaneous architecture, we will get to the recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage, and discovered the labyrinths and their staircases, quiet corners and secrets; it is where the charm of the past blends with the taste and color of the port and the daily life of the inhabitants. Along the Brazil Avenue  we will get to the Coastal road to move toward Casablanca to visit the organic winery, Viña VOE,ever since Viñedos Emiliana began in 1986; one of its primary concerns has been the care and management of the land. This is essential for complying with the basic Emiliana premise: “Quality begins in the vineyard.” Viñedos Emiliana employs this philosophy, technology, and its many years of experience to produce high quality fruit with minimum impact on the environment, which leads it to follow the concepts of Emiliana. Under the Organic concept, the vineyard is considered to be a living resource, with an own balance that must be preserved. Because of this, the ground nutrients are generated in the same field. The Emiliana Organic spirit is sustained in the caring and absolute dedication for the vineyard and the strong commitment for the environment, achieving like this the maximum Terroir expression, preserving all the grape’s peculiarities and obtaining a result of extraordinary quality.Emiliana Vineyards invites you to a unique and unforgettable experience where you will enjoy the beautiful and natural surroundings of our gardens and organic vineyard. Additionally, they invite you to participate in the tasting of their internationally recognized and award winning premier red and white organic wines.

Then we will continue our journey to the winery House of Morandé, founded in 1996 with the aim of producing innovative wines of a great quality with a clear focus of the development. In order to receive the lovers of wine and good eating Viña Morandé open a gastronomic centre, the restaurant offers first class cuisine accompanied by their best wines. It is the perfect place to do our wine pairings. The restaurant was recently awarded the prize for the best restaurant outside the capital by the newspaper,El Mercurio, through its “ Wiken” magazine,the building is  a glass-and-wood indoor dining area, and pleasant patio dining overlooking a grassy expanse and grapevines .The well-balanced menu features lots of seafood. we will try their wine varieties over lunch. Then we will continue to Bodegas RE to see how the  man is using modernity and technology  to look back to ancestry, to nature and the earth Like Pablo Morande(,pioneered in wine production in Casablanca Valley), said, “In my winery, these tanks [concrete pods], similar to primitive ones, are a search for history and beauty. However, they have all the tools of a modern tank.Apart from looking for a beautiful, good, natural wine, there is the concept that things can be done in a simple form – almost watching the wine being made. They did it 6,000 years ago; I'm just putting it into the context of the 21st century, still respecting what they did then. This is what our wine RE is all about”.We will taste their wines and then we will continue to Millahue to try our traditions and food ending up in Santiago´s airport.

 

Duration: 

Departure from Hotel in the morning

From 09:00 hrs to 18: 00 hrs.

 

 

It includes: 

  • A private professional English speaking driverguide
  • Transportation in spacious, clean, air conditioned and comfortable vehicle with a professional driver license.
  • Toll roads
  • Tour and wine tastings in Organic winery (V.O.E.)
  • Wine tastings in RE
  • Wine pairing ( lunch ; 4 dishes with 4 wines ) in House of Morande Winery
  • Visit to Millahue
  • Waking tour in Valparaiso
  • Bottled of water per person
  • Transfer to the international airport of Santiago

 

 Not included: 

  • Gratuities for driverguide
  • Tips in restaurants