In a country as stretched out as Chile not everything is always convenient. Thankfully though the wine region is located close to Santiago where most visitors arrive and depart. This makes Chile wine tours an easy add on to any tailormade Chile holiday. Whether you want to immerse yourself in the lap of luxury, learn about organic wine production or just get a taster with a quick day tour from Santiago we have it covered;
Just 4 private casitas sit on a hillside above the winery at this luxurious boutique wine hotel. Each casita is named after a grape variety and has its own colour scheme. Wood, leather, silk and wool rugs from Patagonia give combine to give it a unique style. Open fireplaces, wrap-around private terraces and enormous bathrooms give a feeling of space but privacy. In the winery itself a complex design allows the wine to move by gravity alone so there is no need for mechanical pumps, which can adversely affect its quality. The wine cellar stretches over 2 floors and houses over 6000 bottles of wine, only accessible to Lapostelle residence guests. If you can tear yourself away from the wine and your casita you can explore the beautiful countryside on foot or horseback.
At Matetic sustainability and innovation go hand in hand. They are one of the few Chilean wineries to use biodynamic principles using 100% organic grapes and taking a caring approach to the environment. The hotel, La Casona is a 100 year old colonial house with 7 rooms. Warm polished wood and cosy fabrics give a classic feel that complement the historical surroundings. Outside there are beautifully kept gardens with lofty palm trees and a pool. Explore the oval roofed winery or relax on a poolside 4 poster bed. The coast is within striking distance. You can easily visit Pablo Neruda’s house on Isla Negra, or the bohemian port town of Valparaiso from here making it a great place to base yourself for a few days.
In the Maipo district, this well-preserved 19th century country house has 17 rooms. Casa Real has an interesting history. During the Chile battle of independence 120 Chilean soldiers took refuge here. Unlike some of the new comers on the block this hotel is staunchly classic and has plenty of historic charm as a result. I like the slightly creaky floorboards and old gilt frame portraits, they make a pleasant change from the more modern properties. Santa Rita is of course one of the big names in Chilean wines and there are others nearby that can be visited such as Antiyal and Perez Cruz.
Ultra modern Viña Vik is the creation of Norwegian-Uruguayan Alexander Vik. As you approach you could be forgiven for thinking you were visiting a modern art installation. The otherworldly design is purposefully visible from miles around. I love the fact it doesn’t even try to blend in but instead offers a huge complement to its natural surroundings. Granite, bronze and undulating curves come together in Scandinavian precision and style. The winery is mostly underground and you’d only know it’s there by the low white roof. It cleverly uses the cold mountain air as natural air conditioning and here the wine production is decidedly high tech. The speciality is Cabernet Sauvignon and the approach to wine production is as fastidious and innovative as the overall design. Visit in April when you can take part in harvesting the grapes.
Within easy reach of Santiago and Valparaiso Emiliana is another winery using organic and biodynamic techniques. Emiliana offers a great day tour which is perfect if this is your first foray into the world of organic wine. Learn about how the animals, crops and wine production all help and complement each other in a holistic approach. The end results are some delicious wines including a sparkling white that are testament to the passion that goes into their production. You can also try your hand at blending your own wine.
Chile wine tours are suitable year round but it’s warmer between October and April. April is harvest time and there are opportunities to get stuck in and help with the harvest, or just enjoy the festivities. Book ahead though as it is a very popular time. To find out more and for your own tailormade itinerary contact us.
Learn more about the wine region here.