Travel Type: Wine & Gourmet / Culture
Duration: 2 Days
- Tour Description
You will start this wine tour at William Cole winery, located in the midst of beautiful scenery. The guided tour begins in the vineyards, where the agricultural processing of grapes is explained. Then guests will see the cellar and learn about the wine-making, bottling and labelling works, before returning to the main hall to taste three reserve wines.
The tour continues to Casas del Bosque, a family boutique winery exclusively oriented to the production of high quality wines. You will visit the plantations, the tank room, bottling and labelling line, as well as the cellar.The tour is completed by a wine tasting.
After visiting Casas del Bosque, you will go on to Matetic vineyard, where you will overnight at Matetic Guest House. Optional visit to Matetic Vineyard.
Day 2 – Pablo Neruda´s home and Undurraga Winery
In the morning, we will take you to the coastal hamlet of Isla Negra, where the beautifully kept home of Pablo Neruda is located. Neruda is the most famous of Chilean poets, a Nobel Prize winner, and one of the most widely translated poets of the last century. He held various diplomatic posts during his lifetime, among others he was Chilean ambassador to France. Overlooking the sea, Isla Negra was an escape from the bustle of town and a writing retreat for Neruda. It was also a place to entertain friends and have parties for which Don Pablo was famous.
The house today contains many of his original things – most notably, his eclectic collections of nautical figureheads, antique bottles, and indigenous masks. Neruda and his wife are buried here in Isla Negra, in front of the house looking out over the Pacific. Many people, including queens, first ladies, Bono and the U2 band members have been enchanted by the home of the great Pablo Neruda.
You tour ends at Undurraga vineyard, in the heart of the Maipo Valley. Don Francisco Undurraga was one of the pioneers of winegrowing in Chile and was the founder of the Undurraga vineyard. He personally brought the first plants from France and Germany and planted
the first Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Gewürztraminer in 1885. Today, after more than 120 years, Undurraga exports to more than 60 countries on five continents. During your tour through the vineyard, you will see the 19th century park designed by the famous French landscape painter Monsieur Pierre Dubois. You will be shown the modern wine processing plant and the underground wine vaults built in 1885. The tour ends with the tasting of three reserve wines. Return to Santiago.