Maipo Valley | Full Day
You will be met at your hotel around 9:00 AM by a Pionero Travel bilingual guide and driver who will take you to the famous Maipo Valley. This Valley is considered to produce the finest red wines of Chile, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon. This is the area in Chile that initiated the grand history of Chilean wine production, marked by the planting of the first and the finest French varieties by the Pioneer Silvestre Ochagavia, around 1840. After an approximate hour drive to the south, your first visit will be to the Almaviva Winery. In 1997, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA, and Eduardo Guilisasti Tagle, Chairman of Viña Concha y Toro S.A., sealed a partnership agreement with a view to create an exceptional Franco-Chilean wine called Almaviva. Produced under the joint technical supervision of both partners, the first vintage achieved immediate international success upon its launch in 1998. Their wine is made from a blend of classic Bordeaux varieties, in which Cabernet Sauvignon predominates; Almaviva is the result of a felicitous encounter between two cultures. Chile offers its soil, its climate and its vineyards, while France contributes its winemaking savoir-faire and traditions. The result is an exceptionally elegant and complex wine. Its launch was a major milestone in the development of Chilean wines, both in Chile and the international market.Once this visit has concluded, you will visit one of Chile’s most famous vineyards, Haras de Pirque where you will be welcomed by a bilingual guide who will lead you to a panoramic view of this vineyard.
The property, today covering 600 hectares, gently ascends the lower slopes of a spur of the Andes Mountains. On these foothills, between 1992 and 1993, one hundred and twenty hectares of vineyards were planted, mainly with the reds Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenère, and the whites Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Haras de Pirque’s name honors the country´s oldest thoroughbred breeding stud, founded in 1892. The stud has four extensively pedigreed stallions that have sired exceptional offspring. The farm’s success is reflected by a long succession of trophies won in the nation’s main horseracing events and an unrivaled leadership in all of the sport’s local categories: broodmare sires, stallions and general standings. In addition, the haras is a prominent supplier for breeders and owners in South and North America, and maintains approximately 30 racehorses in the national competition circuit.
Along with winegrowing and thoroughbred raising, Eduardo Matte (owner) gives free rein to his other passions, one of which is the collecting of old carriages, all drawn by suitably bred horses. The collection currently features 18 models with a stable of 30 horses that, together with four thoroughbred stallions and nearly two hundred mares and foals, trot and gallop through Haras de Pirque’s wide, green pastures. After this interesting visit you will be taken towards the coast to visit another famous Chilean vineyard, Santa Rita. Founded in 1880, Santa Rita promoted the introduction of the finest French vine stocks, which resulted in the production of wines using advanced techniques and in return rendering results far superior to those previously achieved. Since then Viña Santa Rita has established itself as a modern wine producing enterprise and at the same time, became an important cultural and political center.
Before touring their installations, you will have a delicious and elegant lunch at the Doña Paula restaurant, located right inside the Santa Rita vineyard. The combination of service and food result in a delectable meal. An extra bonus is that you will be lunching in a national monument where Bernardo O´Higgins, the general who achieved independence for Chile, and 120 soldiers once took shelter after fighting the Spanish crown forces. Return to your selected hotel in Santiago.
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Details: Full day tour, Activity level easy, contents easy to technical, starts from Santiago, departs all year round.
Full spacious equipped van, Driver and Guide, Entrance fees for: vineyards, wine tasting events.
Not included in tour package
Lodging and transfers prior to or after program. Personal items such as: telephone, alcoholic beverages not mentioned as included, gratuities.
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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