Colchagua Valley Winery Day Trip from Santiago

About 80 miles (130 km) south of Santiago lies Colchagua Valley, one of Chileís largest and best-known wine regions, home to high-profile wineries such as Montes and Viu Manent. Visit these two wineries ó or similar alternatives ó on this full-day wine tour with a local guide. Learn about the history of winemaking in Colchagua Valley as you enjoy tastings of popular varietals such as malbec, syrah and carmenere. You have the choice to include lunch with the tour, which youíll enjoy in the town of Santa Cruz. This day trip is limited to eight people, ensuring you enjoy a small-group experience.After your hotel pickup from Santiago, your Colchagua Valley day trip starts with a 2.5-hour drive south of the city to La Postolle winery (or similar), a family-operated vita (vineyard) that produces some of Chile’s award-winning wine.Admire the vineyardís beautiful setting in the shadow of the foothills while you enjoy your tasting of wines such as syrah, viognier and carmenere. Next, head into the town of Santa Cruz, the hub for Colchagua Valleyís wine tours and activities. Visit Ruta del Vino, a wine and gourmet shop where youíll receive a bottle of reserve wine to take home with you, and then take a break for lunch. If you choose the ‘Tour plus Lunch’ option, go with your guide to a cozy Santa Cruz restaurant (varies by day). If you select the ‘Tour Only’ option, scout out another restaurant in town, perhaps enjoy a picnic if youíve brought your own lunch with you, or eat with your guide and group and pay separately. When lunch is over, make your way to your second winery, either Viu Manent or Montes, to enjoy another wine tasting. Viu Manent, founded in 1935 by the Spanish Viu family, makes several wines, from single-vineyard syrah to its VIU 1 wine: a malbec made from 100-year-old vines. Montes winery produces cabernet sauvignons, malbecs and syrahs and is known for its conservation efforts and sustainable grape-growing practices.Finally, finish your day trip at the Colchagua Museum (Museo de Colchagua) in Santa Cruz. Take a break from all the wine with an interesting look at Chileís history. As you tour the in-depth museum, check out its displays about Chileís pre-Columbian cultures and the Spanish conquest. Youíll also see 300-million-year-old fossils, admire ancient jewelry and art, and learn about Charles Darwinís time in the country.Youíll then be driven back to your Santiago hotel.Click on the ‘View additional info’ below to ensure your hotel is included in the pickup and drop-off zone

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