Indulge in the exquisite, fruity flavors of Chilean wine from the Casablanca, Aconcagua and Colchagua Valley, and lose yourself while exploring the UNESCO World Heritage listed site, Valparaiso, one of Chile’s most lively and colorful cities. On this tour, filled with aromatic reds and whites and the patchwork beauty of Valparaiso, you are guaranteed to have your thirst piqued and your senses aroused. Chile´s history of wine making dates back to the 16th century when the Spanish first settled in Chile, and this tour will let you explore some of Chile´s finest vineyards today. Embedded in a long tradition of winemaking, these wineries have perfected their craft over the years. From the Errazuriz Winery in the Aconcagua Valley, famous for producing estate grown wines of a superior quality, to theQuintay Winery in the Casablanca Valley and the internationally acclaimed Casa Silva Winery. Chile is famous worldwide for producing high quality reds and whites, and the Casablanca, Aconcagua, and Colchagua Valley are no exceptions to this rule. Just a short drive from Santiago and from the portside town of Valparaiso where you can marvel at the colorful hillside houses, and explore the winding alleyways and streets that lead up to spectacular views of the bay. This tour is a great way to experience some of Chile’s most elegant and aromatic wines and to explore Valparaiso and its surroundings.
Casablanca Valley & Valparaiso World Heritage | Full Day
At 9:00 am a Pionero Guide and driver will meet you at your hotel for your first day of vineyard experience. We will head towards the Casablanca Valley,which is located between the Coastal Mountain range and the Pacific Ocean. Vineyards have grown here since 1875, but only since the 1980’s was the true potential of this Valley discovered, when, it was determine that the soils and the conditions were in many ways similar to the Napa and Sonoma Valleys in California. This valley is located in a temperate climate zone with semiarid tendencies, characterized by alternating short, relatively rainy winters and long, continually dry summers. The valley is oriented in such a way that daily ocean breezes cool the grapes on the vines and result in intensely fruity wines. The tallness and massiveness of the coastal range create a unique topography that causes striking daily and seasonal air current changes in the valley thus generating a very special micro climate. Additionally, very favorable sunlight conditions influence the grape ripening process, creating unique conditions that provide its wines with special features.
First, we will head towards the village of Retuca and the Los Perales Vineyard; an old Jesuit Monastery established by Father Jose Magloire Doumer with vines from France. With the climate and richness of the land it was extremely successful. Today, the old buildings have been lovingly restored maintaining the unique style and architecture of the ancient cellars and stone structures, obtaining an outstanding quality wine. Afterwards, you will visit their production center and sample their fine wines.
Then, we will drive for approximately half an hour west, towards the Pacific Ocean and the beautiful city of Valparaiso, declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
You will start off at “Errazuriz” street where examples of early 20th century British influenced architecture can be seen. Admire the “21 de Mayo” view point with its excellent vistas of the colorful hillside houses, the port and across the whole bay. Then you will take the “Artilleria” elevator (funicular) and descend to take a trolley that will lead you towards “Cerro Concepción”. Here you will enjoy lunch at Turri Restaurant, which is one of the best restaurants from Valparaiso (lunch not included).
After lunch, you will walk through the intricate streets and alleyways to arrive at the “Los Perales” elevator that will lead you towards the “Sotomayor” square, where you will find a monument dedicated to a few Chilean heroes.
Later, head to one of the hills where you will visit the “La Sebastiana” museum, one of the former homes of the Nobel Prize winning poet, Pablo Neruda, apart from it’s interesting architecture reflecting the concept of the city, the place houses many of the poet´s collections.
Continuing your visit, drive to Viña del Mar, where the “clock of flowers” located in the beachfront of Caleta Abarca will provide a warm welcome to the Garden City”. You will also see Viña del Mar´s casino, located in the heart of this city´s main attractions.
After this visit, you are going to follow route 68 to return to your Hotel in Santiago for a good night sleep.
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Blingual guide plus driver, all program transfers in spacious fully equipped private vans, all meals as indicated (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner, beverages, beer and wine. Entrance fees for: vineyards, wine tasting events, museums, etc.
Not Included in tour package:
Flights, lodging and transfers prior to or after program. Personal items such as: telephone, laundry, room service, alcoholic beverages not mentioned as included, gratuities, and airfare. Sauna & SPA services are not included in some hotel rates.
NOTE: Pionero Travel reserves the right to vary or cancel tours to museums, vineyards, or any visit due to operational conditions that do not allow the visit to be possible. These deviations to the planned itinerary are possible, although every effort will be made to keep them as they are presented, but if not, they will be substituted for others of same category or better. In the case of special requests, for example, room locations and bed preferences at hotels, or modifications of tours and visits during your stay with us… cannot be guaranteed by Pionero Travel. While we will attempt to accommodate such special requests, we cannot be held responsible if such special requests cannot be fulfilled.
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