Maipo Valley Wine Tour: Santa Rita and Concha y Toro Wineries

Vino lovers, prepare yourself for a perfect day: explore two premier wine estates in famous Maipo Valley, Santa Rita and Concha y Toro, and sip exceptional wine. Against the backdrop of the Andes, enjoy glimpses into the area’s colonial past and tour gorgeous vineyards, old cellars and modern bottling plants. Awaken your palate with six wine tastings, including Concha y Toro’s Casillero del Diablo, and learn the inspiring history that started Santa Rita’s bestselling 120 label. Round-trip transport from centrally located Santiago hotels is included.After hotel pickup from Santiago, travel south for 30 minutes and arrive at the beautifully landscaped grounds of Santa Rita winery, located in Alto Jahuel in the well-known Maipo Valley winemaking region.Meet your winery guide next to the vineyards sprawled about the Andes foothills, where you’ll learn about this winery founded in 1880 and its beginnings as one of the first estates in Chile to grow and develop
European grape varieties. Step inside fermentation cellars and the
bottling plant, and learn what happens to the grapes once theyíre
harvested from the vines.Pass by ëBodega 1í for a glimpse of colonial-era stone and mortar
construction, and then listen to how Dota Paula Restaurant became a
national monument. In 1814, Dota Paula, the owner of Santa Rita manor,
hid 120 independence fighters, known as the ë120 Patriots,í in her
cellar. When Spanish forces came to search the premises, the matriarch
stood her ground. Learn more from your guide what this brave woman said
to successfully fend off the Spanish army.As a tribute to this
history, the winery created the 120 label, a bestselling series that
youíll taste at the wine bar. Sample three types of varietals, including
cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay or syrah; maybe pick up scents
of raspberries, strawberries or cherries balanced with a trace of
vanilla or some other spices.Spend your remaining time sipping
wine in the garden or explore the on-site Andean Museum, containing more
than 3,000 pre-Columbian artifacts, including an impressive gold
collection.Climb aboard your vehicle and take a short drive to Concha y Toro winery. You may want to purchase some lunch at a restaurant nearby before starting the winery tour.Enveloped by the foothills of the Andes, begin your tour of the 1883 winery next to the former summer home of the Concha y Toro family and then follow your winery guide to the Pirque vineyards to learn about the wineryís practices behind cultivating the grapes. From the terrace, capture sweeping views of the valley and perhaps spot the master vineyard keepers responsible for keeping an eye on the vines.Next, taste Casillero del Diablo (the Devilís Cellar), an internationally popular wine produced from a carmenere varietal, a grape originally from Bordeaux but now Chileís signature grape. Then head down into the wineryís cellar, also referred to as Casillero del Diablo and learn about how the wine got its name ó did the devil really live in this cellar, or did the winery founder tell this tall tale to deter would-be thieves from his private collection of wine? Conclude your tour of Concha y Toro at the wine bar and sample more wine from the Casillero del Diablo series and other premier labels. Before heading back to Santiago, hit the wine shop for the best type of souvenir, bottles of wine to take home.

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