Just a short jaunt from Chile’s capital, Santiago, you can find yourself amongst the vines of some of the world’s greatest wineries. Many of these vineyards also offer boutique hotels where you can stay if an afternoon of wine tasting isn’t quite long enough!
In between Valparaíso and Santiago are the vines of the Casablanca valley, which is where you will find Viña Matetic, a boutique organic winery which embodies the organic and biodynamic agriculture practice in the vineyard and the natural landscape. Visit the farm and vineyard either by bike, horse or foot, finishing with a wine tasting. You can then spend some time relaxing by the pool or the wood burner of La Casona’s boutique hotel, then dine at Equilibrio.
Nothing says luxury quite like Viña Vik, nestled amongst the rolling hills of Millahue, which is known by locals as the ‘place of gold’, so-called for its nature, diversity, beauty, and of course, the gold that was found here. Visit the vines, taste the finest grapes and spend the afternoon by the pool which boasts incredible views over the vineyard before having a treatment in the wine spa, as much as this sounds like lying in a bath of wine, unfortunately, it’s not! They do however use grape seed oil and grape infused products.
Clos Apalta is the premium line of Casa Lapostolle wines and it’s not to be missed. The owner, a French lady called Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle is the heiress to the Grand Marnier fortune, so there’s no doubt they know what they’re doing. Combine your wine tasting tour with an afternoon relaxing by the pool and a night spent in the luxurious residence, decorated with French and Spanish influences and boasting great views over the vineyard.
We can thank Don Albano Balduzzi for this fine winery; he discovered the perfection of the Maule Area for winemaking in the early 1700s, and now, three generations later, Jorge Balduzzi carries the baton. Stroll through the colonial winery and vines while learning about the process and how they make such fantastic wine, visit the cellar then end the tour by tasting the delicious produce.
Balmaceda 1189, San Javier, VII Región, Chile
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