Chile ~ March 2013

Best Wineries of Chile

 

Exclusive Chef Escorted Wine and Food Tour of Chile

$3000 Per Person*                                               Late March, 2013

Space is limited and only available for a maximum of forty…

Visiting the Award Winning Wineries and Vintners of ~

Matetic, De Martino, Santa Cruz, Montes, Casa Lapostolle, Gillmore, Casa Donoso and Casa Silva.

 

Other attractions include Miguel Torres Restaurant, the Pre-Colombian Museum in Santiago, the famed Chilean Poet Pablo Neruda Museum La Chascona, the Hotel Santa Cruz Plaza, the Colchagua Valley Wine Train and more!

Trip Itinerary

We will begin our trip in the ceremonial heart of Chile, Santiago; this city embraces both its German and Spanish roots.

Day 1 – After checking into your hotel we will meet for introductions and then tour the centre of Santiago, visiting the Government Palace, Plaza de Armas (main square) and the Cathedral. We’ll continue up to San Cristobal Hill for a fine view of Santiago and the surrounding Andes. Then it’s off to tour the Wine Museum, enjoying a special wine tasting with local appetizers. Afterwards we return to the hotel, with dinner on your own.

Day 2 – Today we’ll explore La Chascona, which was the residence, and now museum to Chile’s famed poet Pablo Neruda. Then we visit Santiago’s famous Central Market, where we will explore the massive and unique variety of Chile’s fruits, vegetables and seafood in a hands-on tour. There’ll be time to explore the historic building & area, before continuing to a local restaurant for a typical Chilean lunch. The remainder of the afternoon is free – you can explore this Bohemian neighborhood and its nearby lapis lazuli shops, or return to your hotel. The evening is free to enjoy Santiago’s fine restaurants on your own. (B,L)

Day 3 – Matetic & De Martino Wineries and Lunch. Early in the morning we drive to the Valley of Casablanca, comprising more than four thousand planted hectares, considered one of the best new wine producing regions in Chile, and known throughout the world as one of the premium areas for the production of white wines. Today, in addition to the traditional grapes of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, the interesting varieties of Merlot and Pinot Noir have been added. First we visit a boutique vineyard for wine tasting. Our journey continues with the Matetic Winery which is located in the San Antonio Valley. We´ll visit

the cellar of the Matetic vineyard, which is quite impressive due to its refined architecture and its technological details, allowing them to produce one of the best wines. Tasting accompanied by sheep cheese produced in the region. Here we will enjoy a wine-tasting and then we’ll have a lunch in the restaurant located in the gardens of a colonial house next to a small lagoon. The kitchen stands out for its healthy meals, close to nature and its aromas and its virginal flavors. After lunch it’s off to the De Martino Vineyard for more wine tasting. Over 70 years ago a young Italian named Pietro De Martino Pascualone arrived in Chile, searching to satisfy his passion for wine. In his quest for the ideal winery location he found Isla de Maipo, which is located just 50 km. from Santiago and the Andes Mountains, and 50 km. from the Pacific Ocean. Pooling knowledge accumulated through generations of winemaking, and with typical pioneering Italian spirit, the De Martino Vineyard was soon to gain a reputation for quality. Today the De Martino estate has expanded in many ways, increasing its original vineyard acreage, whilst always remaining a family winery in the truest sense of the word. Currently, three generations on, this dynamism is still prevalent and state-of-the-art technology combined with fiercely proud family tradition are enabling the wines of De Martino to compete amongst the best. Afterwards we’ll return to our hotel with dinner on your own.  (B,L)

Day 4 – Tren del Vino (Wine Train) & Santa Cruz Winery. Early in the morning we transfer from the hotel to the Colchagua Valley, in the city of San Fernando were we board the Wine Train (Tren del Vino), to travel for approximately 1½ hours through the valley surrounded by vineyards, tasting cheese and wine on board. The steam locomotive was built in Chile in 1912 and four of its cars were built in Germany in 1923, all recently restored. We’ll arrive in Santa Cruz, with traditional greetings of music and cultural dance. An afternoon transfer to visit Santa Cruz Vineyard and wine tasting, later an ascending ride to see the valley and then have lunch at the Gastronomic Centre surrounded by vineyards. Later in the afternoon we’ll arrive at the hotel and check-in for a two night stay. We’ll have time at leisure to rest or visit the Colchagua Museum, in an old colonial building and one of South America’s biggest private museums. The museum exposition shows a largely pre-Columbian art collection of Chile, Peru and Colombia as well as archaeological artifacts. The museum has more than 5.000 exhibits. Dinner will be at the hotel’s restaurant, with a menu based on traditional Chilean cuisine.  (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Colchagua Valley excursion, Montes Winery and Casa LaPostolle Winery Lunch/Wine Pairing.  Early in the morning, we’ll visit the vineyard Montes, a boutique vineyard that stands out for its premium wines “Montes Alfa, Montes M and Folie”. We’ll visit the Colchagua Valley and its cellars, with more wine tasting. Then it’s on to Casa Lapostolle. Casa Lapostolle was been founded by the Marnier Lapostolle family from France and the Rabat family from Chile in 1994 through Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle, her husband Cyril de Bournet and Don José Rabat Gorchs. Today, Casa Lapostolle is 100% owned by the Marnier-Lapostolle group. The Marnier-Lapostolle family, founders and owners of the world–renowned liqueur, Grand Marnier, are known for producing spirits and liqueurs, but the family has been involved in winemaking for generations. In creating Casa Lapostolle, the Marnier-Lapostolle family has pursued the same uncompromising approach to quality that made Grand Marnier a world-wide success. Their objective is simple as it is ambitious: to create world-class wines using French expertise and the superb terroir of Chile. The whole venture started when Alexandra and Cyril had a “coup de Coeur” for the Apalta vineyard in Colchagua. Chilean climate is perfect for vine-growing. The vines have never been grafted. It was a revelation to discover that a good number of very old vines were still growing in the vineyards. These original cuttings were brought over France in the last century and arrived in Chile before the dreaded phylloxera louse attacked the parent stock in Europe. As result, the old vines in Chile are healthy and descend from the great French lineage. Casa Lapostolle is distributed in more than 30 countries around the word. After lunch we travel from Casa Lapostolle to the Santa Cruz Plaza hotel. Dinner on your own for the evening.  (B,L)

Day 6 – Today we’re off from Santa Cruz to Talca in the Maule Wine Valley, the wine growing region with the largest extension of vineyards totaling over 46,000 ha / 113.670 a under cultivation. Most vineyards here produce red wines like Carménère, Malbec, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Lunch is on route at the lovely Miguel Torres restaurant, set in the vineyards of the Curico valley. We’ll continue to Talca, and check in to the Diego Almagro Talca for a two night stay. By now dinners on your own are likely forming friendships within the tour!  Dinner with friends on your own tonight.  (B,L)

Day 7 – Gillmore Winery & Casa Donoso. After breakfast at the hotel in Talca we will tour the idyllic Maule River Valley with its rolling green hills and visit one of Chile’s prime boutique vineyards strategically located in the heart of the valley, home to Chile’s most extensive wine growing region. The Gillmore Winery & Vineyards are a family business created in 1990 by Francisco Gillmore, in joint venture with his daughter and his son-in-law. The annual production of the Gilmore vineyard is 25,000 bottles, consisting exclusively of ultra premium red wines. Wine tasting in this vineyard is characterized by its gardens, lagoon, pool, private zoo, creative architecture and other activities being offered. After a short drive from Gilmore we will meet with a unique wine-making artisan who will introduce us to his age-old means of making a traditional wine. Using ancient tools and without any kind of technology or artificial ingredients, he produces excellent wine. It is truly a must-see! We then continue our trip north on the Maule Wine Route. The vineyards in this area are experienced in the art of wine growing and making, with a long wine-making tradition dating back to the times of the Spanish colonization. Today, this region has over 20,000 hectares / 49.421 acres of wine plantations. We’ll then visit the Casa Donoso wine property. The vineyard is French-owned and one of the oldest vineyards in the country; it is blessed with good lands and produces mainly top-quality red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère and some exceptional white wines – mainly Chardonnay. Once owned by the reputable Donoso Family, Casa Donoso estate was purchased in 1989 by a group of French investors who live in Tahiti, French Polynesia, and who were amongst the first foreign investors to introduce modern technology to the wine making process in Chile.  (B,D)

Day 8 – Today we end the Chilean Gourmet Culinary & Wine adventure with a transfer to Santiago airport. On route we’ll visit and lunch at Casa Silva winery at Colchagua valley.  (B,L)

*Rate is land only and per person, and subject to change until Group is confirmed and paid in full. Space is capacity controlled and subject to availability. If space on tour is not confirmed you will receive a full refund.

Deposit is $500.00 per person.

Best Wineries of Chile Tour is hosted former Executive Chef Jeffrey J Kingman.  As CEO of Chalkboarder, Jeffrey enjoys robust international culinary relationships. Call or email Jeffrey today to book your space on this South American winery adventure.

(503) 481-2479 or jkingman@chalkboarder.com

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