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LocalAventura Tour: Winery Tour of Chile's Maipo Alto Valley

Winery Tour of Chile's Maipo Alto Valley

Spend the day learning about and experiencing the rich wine heritage of Chile's Maipo Alto Valley
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8 hrs

Santiago

1 ~ 6

Medium content


Description

Chile is famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon; in the Maipo Alto Valley the perfect terroir (or climate, soils and terrain) exists for growing this grape. The Alto Maipo sub-region is located in the foothills of the Andes; the mountains make the zone particularly good for wine production because they produce a great variation in temperature between day and night (causes a thermal oscillation of over 15°C between day and night). This is because the sun must first rise above the Argentinean side of the Andes before reaching the western Chilean slopes, creating cold mornings, and then sets on the western side, leading to hot, sunny afternoons. The climate, combined with the poor, porous and rocky soil, puts the vines under stress which in turn produces a characteristically bold, elegant Cabernet Sauvignon. On this full-day tour, you will get to experience some of the best vineyards and wines that Chile has to offer. The first visit will be the winery where the Carmenere grape was rediscovered in Chile: Viña Aquitania. This winery has three owners: two French winemakers that were looking for a great terroir in Chile, and the third owner is a Chilean winemaker. Together, these three men are focused on producing exceptional wines in Chile. The second winery will be Pérez Cruz vineyard, here highlights the wines Quelen, is a blend of Petit Verdot, Carmenere and Cot, Liguai a blend of Syrah, Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, Carmenere and Cot limited edition. Later on, your guide will drive in the direction to Viña Santa Rita so you can stop for a delicious local lunch at a traditional winery of Chile. During lunch, you will have the opportunity to taste their wines.

Itinerary

  • 9am Pick-up from your accommodation in Santiago
  • 10am visit Aquitania winery 
  • 12pm visit at Pérez Cruz winery 
  • 14:30pm traditional Chilean lunch at Santa Rita winery 
  • 4pm Drop-off back at your hotel in Santiago

Available days

7 days of the week

Eligibility criteria

Must be 18 years or older to participate in the wine tasting


What's Included

  • Round-trip private transportation
  • Expert local guide
  • Mineral water

What's not included

  • Lunch
  • Wine tastings 

Additional Pricing Information (*)

Similar tours with more or fewer wine tastings, or vineyards included are available at differing prices. Please contact founders@localaventura.com for more information.


Recommendations

  • Eat a hearty breakfast before going on wine tastings.
  • Bring a jacket, as the valley fluctuates in temperature.
  • Please note: Wineries can be changed depending on availability at time of booking. 

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Patricia

Born and raised in Santiago, Chile, I have a passion for showing visitors around my beautiful country. Ever since I was young, I always knew I wanted a job where I would meet people from around the world and discover new things. During my university studies, I focused on architecture and translation, combining my love of art, humanities, and language into one. After I graduated, I became a translator, and from then on, I was hooked on tourism. Working with tour guides made me realize just how much I, too, wanted to show off my favorite parts of the country, like Chile’s scenic vineyards, fascinating cultures, and ancient history.

Throughout my years as a guide, I have never grown tired of sharing my knowledge for the region, and I’ve loved learning new things from the people I’ve met along the way. During my tours, I can show you the incredible flora and fauna in the Andes, what the country was like before it was named Chile, and how the region’s finest wines are made. I believe history should be interactive and fun, which is why my country is my classroom. Let me share with you my unique perspective, and I promise that you will truly get to experience Chile’s intriguing past and how it has led to its colorful present.

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