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.
Valparaiso, Aconcagua, Casablanca & Colchagua Valleys | 5 Days – 4 Nights
SCL – Valparaiso
Upon arrival at Santiago Airport a Pionero Travel representative will meet you and drive you towards Hotel Casa Higueras at Valparaiso.
Afternoon tour to the most famous areas from Valparaiso and Viña del Mar
At 9AM, a prearranged time, a Pionero Travel driver will take you to the Errazuriz Winery at the Aconcagua Valley.
The Valle de Aconcagua has a Mediterranean climate with warm summers that are cooled by breezes of the Pacific Ocean and its cold Humboldt Current. This cooling influence creates a long growing season with ripenig some two to three weeks later than any other Chilean wine region. Late ripening enhances the flavours, intensity and concentration of our wines.
Average rainfall in the valley is 250mm (9.8 inches) and only comes during the winter; this is about a quarter of the rainfall in Bordeaux, making for generally more concentrated wines. This lack of rain helps the viticulturalists to control vigour and berry size, as well as to maintain ripening. As the air is warm and dry, fungal diseases like mildew and botrytis are unknown in the valle de Aconcagua, this allows us to pursue a non-interventionist, sustainable approach to viticulture.
Don Maximiano Errázuriz founded Viña Errázuriz in 1870 in the Valle de Aconcagua, 100 kms north of the capital city, Santiago. Recognizing that this valley, with its cool, rainy winters, hot, dry summers and moist Pacific Ocean breezes, was ideal for growing grapes, Don Maximiano sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard.
Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano’s descendant, Eduardo Chadwick. Eduardo is the fifth generation of his family to be involved in the wine business. Eduardo has overseen the modernisation of the winemaking technology at this historic estate while maintaining a distinct identity for its wines. Dedicated to producing estate grown wines of superior quality, Errázuriz has built a reputation as the “Best of Chile”.
After a guided visit to the cellars and a delicious lunch we will return to your Hotel Casa Higueras at Valparaiso.
Casablanca Valley & Colchagua Valley
Today, after breakfast, a Pionero Travel representative will meet you at the hotel and drive you towards the Casablanca Valley.
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 micr o climate. Additionally, very favorable sunlight conditions influence the grape ripening process, creating unique conditions that provide its wines with special features.
Our first visit will be Quintay Winery. Quintay has a newly completed state-of-art winery in Chile, which officially opened in March 2009. The winery is designed to meet the increased domestic and export demand for our wines and has been designed to allow for long-term growth, but allowing the team to harvest individual blocks within the multitude of vineyards that we have to source from, which allows for true expression of vineyard characteristics. After our wine tasting you will enjoy lunch at Morande restaurant.
After lunch, we will drive approx. 4 hours towards the Colchagua Valley and check in at Casa Silva Hotel.
Founded in 1892 by French wine pioneer and ancestor Emilio Bouchon, Casa Silva is now owned by Mario Silva and family – the fifth generation of winemakers. Many of the vines planted are over 90 years old, ca rried over from Bordeaux, pre-phylloxera, by the first generation. Previously selling their juice to larger, bulk wineries, Casa Silva began a bold, estate bottling program in 1997. Now, the Silva Family is viewed as a leader of the new generation of premium wine producers, and their wines have received international acclaim. Accolades include being the most awarded Chilean winery in 2000 international competition – taking 20% of all Gold Medals – as well as winning “The Best South American Producer” at the 2000 International Wine & Spirits Competition on London.
Today after breakfast, you will visit Clos Apalta 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 labour technique performed by only very few wineries throughout the world.
After this interesting visit, we will return to Casa Silva.
Rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Colchagua – SCL
Today, at a pre arranged time, farewell to the Colchagua Valley and to the friends you have made here. You head off in the van with fond memories of a truly unique experience. We will drive approximately 2.5 hours towards Santiago for a Historical City Tour.
We will visit the principal avenues of the Civic Center and the seat of government, the neoclassical La Moneda Palace, built during the 18th century. Then visit the Plaza de Armas, Santiago’s main square, a picturesque square surrounded by the 18th century Catedral Metropolitana, the National Historical Museum, and the Central Post Office. Leaving downtown, you will head towards the Parque Forestal, leading to the Fine Arts Museum and Bellavista, the bohemian artsy center of Santiago.
After this visit, we will drive to Santiago´s international airport for your flight back home.
End of Our Services
2 nights lodging at Casa Higueras , 2 nights lodging at Casa Silva Winery Boutique Hotel .
Bilingual 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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