9. Santiago: Main Chilean Wineries Private Half-Day Tours
Following an early pickup from your hotel in Santiago, begin your private tour of Chile's fantastic wine industry. During the day, find out about wine history in Santiago with your guide, and after a tour in the winery of your choice, savor a typical lunch in a local restaurant. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.
There are 4 wineries to choose from, all with wine tasting included:
• Santa Rita — Discover over 135 years of winemaking tradition at Santa Rita Winery, one of the top wineries in the Maipo Valley. Take a guided tour through the grape variety garden and the vineyards. Learn about the process of winemaking, including the cellaring and bottling of the wines.
• Undurraga — Explore wine cellars with more than 130 years of experience and have the chance to understand the production process of their unique wines. Visit the Parque de la Viña, created by the French landscape architect George Henry Dubois, who also designed the Parque Forestal de Santiago. When visiting the vineyards, learn about the soils and identify the different grapes that Undurraga cultivates in the various gardens.
• Concha y Toro — Take the chance to walk through the beautiful gardens and the park of what used to be the summer residence of the Concha y Toro family towards the end of the 19th century. Find out where Concha y Toro wines come from in the Grape Variety Garden, where you'll discover around 26 varieties of wine grapes and a panoramic view of Maipo Valley. Visit the Old Pirque vineyard and the wine cellars, including the centenarian Casillero del Diablo, the birthplace of the wine legend.
• Cousiño Macul — Visit the traditional winery of Cousiño Macul, which holds true to a more than 100-year-old tradition of grape growing, and is recognized as one of the oldest wineries in the country. The cellar is made of Cal y Canto — a mixture of lime, sand, and egg white — and is one of the most beautiful examples of this style in Chile. Explore the winemaking process and learn about the huge contrast in equipment used in old wineries such as these, and the newer equipment most modern wineries now use.