This morning, at a pre arranged time, you will travel approx. 2 hours South through the Pan–American highway. On your way, you are going to appreciate wonderful views of Chile’s wine country, like the Cachapoal & Colchagua Valley one of Chile’s main wine producing regions. Your first stop will be at the Altaïr winery.
Altaïr is located in the Cachapoal valley, close to the town of Requínoa. Perhaps the principal factors that lend character and complexity to their wine are their proximity to the mountains and the cool breezes that come down causing a natural temperature oscillation in the vineyard of 25° and up, allowing them to extend the natural maturation of the fruit on the vine. The resulting wines exhibit delicate and soft tannins, bright aromas, and a freshness and natural acidity rare in the new world. The wines are concentrated, but above all the stamp the Upper Cachapoal valley brings to their wines a remarkable finesse and elegance.
A unique workspace, where, through their patient and steadfast efforts, the secrets of the terroir, it´s flavors and spirit are slowly revealed, vintage by vintage. Its location on the very piedmont gives character to its wines and allows for the natural use of gravity throughout the wine making process.
Here you will enjoy a tour of the winery and a tasting of their exceptional wine.
Later, you will head south to Santa Cruz at the Colchagua Valley. This region is both the heart of Chile’s wine country and also the heart of the traditional “Huaso” (Chilean cowboy). Here, Chile has its deepest roots and it is where the earliest settlers started their families during the late 1500’s, at a time when agriculture was the main economic activity of the Spanish colony. Here, visit 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, an intensive labor technique performed by only very few wineries throughout the world. After the wine tasting, settle in at this winery´s guesthouse to have an exquisite cocktail and lunch with impressive views of the Colchagua Valley.
After lunch, you will visit the Neyen de Apalta winery, where you may find the perfect blend of tradition and modernity. It was founded by the Rojas family in 2002 on the site of one of the area’s pioneering wineries that dates back to the late 19th century. The vineyards enjoy a privileged location within the horseshoe-shaped Apalta Valley: a small valley protected by the nearby Coastal Range from the winds that blow through the Tinguiririca River Canyon from the west.
Once you have visited their unique vineyards, of which some are over 120 years old, and their redesigned cellars, you will enjoy a unique experience in wine tasting. The idea is for you to learn how to distinguish different flavors, blends, characteristics, and qualities of wine in different temperatures. It is the perfect formula to acquire and share knowledge of how wine is delicately made. Carmenérè, the principal component of the blend, is complemented by the potency of the Cabernet Sauvignon; together they allow you to capture the “Spirit of Apalta” in every one of their bottles and offer the finest wine possible.
Later, you will drive to Santiago towards your selected hotel or airport.
Included in tour package:
Colchagua Museum Tickets
Bilingual guide plus driver
Mont Gras Wine Maker program.
All program transfers in spacious fully equipped private vans.
Mineral waters and snacks.
Not Included in tour package:
Flights, lodging and transfers prior to or after program.
Other wineries not mentioned on the itinerary.
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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