CHILE WINE EXPERIENCE 6D TOUR ON CENTRAL VALLEYS
Ecotours Chile has developed an amazing Wine tour that comprehends 5 wine valleys on central area: Maipo Valley, Casablanca Valley, Aconcagua Valley, Colchagua Valley and San Antonio Valley; a unique experience not be missed, where you’ll understand and verify why Chilean wines have earn such many awards and great reputation worldwide. For a week, you’ll visit diverse wineries and learn about some of Chile’s best red and white wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenére, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Syrah, Pinot Noir and Merlot. We have selected classic, organic, biodynamic, new and old school wineries, where you’ll tour and enjoy wine tastings with detailed information on the terroir and wine making.
Chile’s unique combination of diverse geographical areas and Mediterranean climate make it ideal for eco-friendly winegrowing and producing a wide variety of wine styles… Whether it’s coastal cool, altitude with attitude, or just cruising down the center - Chile’s wine regions have it all!
All of this will be accompanied with great inns, local culture, history, people and incredible cuisine. We invite you to join us on some of our fixed departure dates or to contact us for a private departures or a tailor made tours. - email@example.com
Trip Summary Duration: 6 days / 5 nights 2013-14 Dates: We'll publish prices here as soon as there is a confirmation of a departure with a minimum of 2 persons. 21/26 JANUARY 2014 - CONFIRMED DEPARTURE - 2 PAX
Location: Wine Valleys on central area of Chile, Santiago, Aconcagua, Casablanca, Santa Cruz and Pirque Departures: Check out our fixed departure dates and contact us for private departures Meals: As mentioned on itinerary Transportation: In spacious, clean, air conditioned and comfortable vehicle with a professional driver. Guide: Professional bilingual guide, expert on Chilean wines Not included: Tips and extra drinks, wines and meals
Highlights: - Private services on comfortable and air conditioned Van with professional driver - English speaking guide with great knowledge on Chilean wines - Experience 5 wine valleys, Maipo, Colchagua, Casablanca, Aconcagua and Rosario - Exclusive hotels, some of them located inside wineries - International and local cuisine, paired with the best wines - City tour of Santiago, orientated to wine - Reception and drop off at Santiago airport
DAY 1: WELCOME TO SANTIAGO – HOTEL – CITY TOUR - DINNER Our staff will welcome you at Santiago de Chile airport and transfer you to your Hotel. On the afternoon, we’ll start a city tour in Santiago, visiting some of the best attractions that this modern and clean city offers. We’ll make a stop at an old neighborhood restaurant, were you’ll taste a glass of wine and talk about Santiago’s history. We’ll continue visiting central market and all downtown area. The city tour will end on San Cristobal Hill lookout point where you’ll taste another glass of wine, enjoying an incredible view of the city. Afterwards, we’ll come down to a Chilean restaurant located inside Metropolitan Park for welcome dinner. Lodging at Hotel Orly or similar in Santiago - http://www.orlyhotel.com/home_en1.php / Dinner / DAY 2: TRADITIONAL WINE EXPERIENCE AT MAIPO VALLEY “Expansive and varied Maipo Valley is nestled between two mountain ranges, the Andes and the Coastal Mountains and Chile’s capital, Santiago sits in the middle. Winemaking in the Maipo valley today ranges from tiny boutiques efforts to large-scale multimillion liter production centers, from nascent dreams to time- honored traditions, from industrial scale to biodynamic and everything in between”. Today we’ll head from your hotel at 9 AM towards Maipo Valley. Famous known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, we’ll visit a classic old school winery and a boutique one, Santa Rita and Perez Cruz. The natural conditions of the Maipo Alto Valley for the production of red wines, led Perez Cruz to choose the best varieties for its terroir. The 140 hectares of vines are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenére, Merlot, Syrah, Malbec and Petit Verdot. The principal aim of Perez Cruz Vineyard 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. We will tour around the vines and the production building including a tasting of two wines. Afterwards, we’ll continue to Santa Rita winery for tour and wine tasting of a Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon, a Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc. Our lunch will be at a local restaurant where you’ll be able to enjoy traditional dishes and some great wine. Our last stop will be at Cousiño Macul winery for tour and wine tasting. At the afternoon, we’ll start driving back from Maipo Valley to your hotel in Santiago and for tonight dinner will be on your own. Ask our guide about options for having dinner in many restaurants that are located at walking distance from your hotel. Lodging at Hotel Orly or similar in Santiago / Breakfast / Lunch / DAY 3: ANDES WINE EXPERIENCE AT ACONCAGUA VALLEY “It is characterized by its high luminosity, between 240 and 300 clear days per year. The zone specializing in the plantation of grapes concentrated mainly in Panquehue located in the middle of the valley and boxed in on both sides by the coastal range, which shape a corridor where the north winds and the marine influence enters, contributing toward lowering the temperatures favoring the cultivation of red wines, as it permits the optimum and slow ripening of the grapes”. After early breakfast, we’ll depart at 8 AM towards Aconcagua Valley, at the foothills of the Andes Mountain Range. Our first stop will be San Esteban Winery, where you’ll learn every process of wine making on a guided tour, ending with a taste 4 In Situ wines, including the award-winning blend Laguna Del Inca. Next, we’ll go to an artisan’s house where we’ll know about his art and history. Here, we’ll enjoy a glass of wine and be able to buy some local handmade souvenir or to experience creating your own pottery. We have chosen famous Errazuriz winery to do our next tour and enjoy a local lunch. On tour you’ll be able to walk by vineyards talking viticulture issues in depth. You will access the new lookout point and enjoy one of the most privilege views from the Valle de Aconcagua. After this, you will visit the Icon winery and finish with a tasting of four wines of the Max Reserva range; Sauvignon Blanc, Carmenére, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Once our visit to Errazuriz winery ends we’ll lodge at Hotel Inca, located in Los Andes town, where you’ll have time to relax in the pool before enjoying dinner. Lodging at Hotel Inca in Los Andes town / Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner / DAY 04: ORGANIC AND PAIRING WINE EXPERIENCE AT CASABLANCA VALLEY - MATETIC “The first and the most important geographical condition and one that characterizes the valley is the marine influence that enters through a corridor from the pacific ocean, producing an early morning mist that later gives way to clean, clear sun days. This mist acts as a moderator of temperature, which summer does not rise above 26C or 79F favoring the optimum development of the plant although is requires careful management of the vineyard to obtain the desire maturity. The other subject for concern is the frost that burs the fruit. These frosts are cause by clear nights when the temperature drops considerably, but there are several methods which manage to control them, among them spray irrigation, propellers, helicopters, etc. All these climate conditions have meant very appropriate for producing grapes rich in color and aroma obtaining excellent wines in the end. The cold contributed by the marine influence is the ideal condition for growing white wine grapes”. After breakfast we’ll head to Casablanca Valley, experiencing an unforgettable day. Our first stop will be at Emiliana Organic Winery, and enjoy a complete Organic & Biodynamic experience, during which you will learn about this special type of agriculture, why this project is unique in Chile, and the ways in which they focus on the highest quality of wine. The tour will end with a wine tasting of 4 wines: Novas Sauvignon Blanc, Novas Winemaker’s Selection Chardonnay/Marsanne/Viognier, Novas Winemaker’s Selection Syrah/Mourvedre and famous Coyam. Our next stop will be at the famous Restaurant House of Morande, owned by Morande Winery. We will try their wine varieties over lunch, with a perfect pairing. Our next visit will be to Matetic winery, where we’ll do a tour and wine tasting, followed by a dinner accompanied with great wines. Lodging at La Casona lodge inside Matetic Winery / Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner / DAY 05: CHILES MOST AWARDED VALLEY WINE EXPERIENCE AT COLCHAGUA VALLEY After enjoying breakfast at Matetic, we’ll head to Colchagua Valley, the most famous and recognized wine valley in Chile. Our first stop will be at MontGras winery where, you’ll enjoy tour and wine tasting of their premium wines. For lunch, we’ll visit Viu Manent winery where you will enjoy a full rounded experience with Viu Manent wines. In a vintage horse drawn carriage, you will go through the winery, vineyards, cellars and "La Llaveria", an XXth century Estate that faithfully illustrates Chilean epoch architecture. As well you’ll enjoy wine tasting by the wine vat and return to La Llaveria for the reserve wine tasting. For lunch, we’ll go to their restaurant where the path of tradition, innovation, excellence and the distinguishing style of cooking is well known in the region. Then we’ll head towards Apalta Valley and visit famous Montes winery, which invites you to leave the world behind and experience a unique and unforgettable tour through vegetation that is typical of central Chile on a nature path complete with panoramic views. In the vineyards you can enjoy a view of the steep hillsides (with a more than 45-degree incline) and natural environment that is representative of central Chile. They produce the best grapes for Montes Alpha M, Montes Folly and Purple Angel wines. Inside the “bodega” you can observe the gravitational system that they use to move the wines; their tours offer an opportunity to learn more about terroir by tasting a fine selection of their wines and visiting the winery and vineyards. At night we’ll enjoy a dinner on Colchagua top restaurant that offers Italian food with Chilean influence. Lodging at Hotel Terraviña / Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner / DAY 06: APALTA VALLEY – TRANSFER OUT TO AIRPORT After breakfast we’ll visit the Santa Cruz museum and then head to Casa Lapostolle winery. This revolutionary winery is solely dedicated to the production of Casa Lapostolle’s world-class icon wine, Clos Apalta. The winery 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. 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. As well, we’ll enjoy a deluxe lunch at Clos de Apalta winery to end this Chilean wine experience. At 4 pm aprox we’ll head back to Santiago and drop you off at SCL airport in time to catch your plane back home. End of services / Breakfast / Lunch /