ViuManent, Montes and Clos de Apalta wineries

We are going to drive 2 hours and a half South of Santiago to visit the winery ViuManent , there you will enjoy a full rounded experience with ViuManent wines. In a vintage horse-drawn carriage, you will go through the winery, vineyards,and cellars. You will visit the Estate and unveil its history. Then, visit the vineyards on vintage horse-drawn carriages, the cellar, wine-making process and wine tasting by the wine vat,. Visit the wine store and Emporium ,then we will go for a restaurant where the path of tradition, innovation, excellence and the distinguishing style of cooking is well known in the region ,at the winery la Posada .After lunch some time to walk around the town of Santa Cruz, a typical town where the country people like to meet (At the Main Square) ,then we will continue our journey to the best sub-valley of Colchagua ,from there come the best premium wines of Chile “Apalta Valley” to visit our last winery Viña Montes, their property the “La Finca de Apalta” is located in the middle of the renowned ApaltaValley.In this isolated area,The River Tinguiririca becomes a natural barrier. On the northern end, an elevated mountain range filters the soft ocean breeze, a key factor of the weather quality in Apalta. This area is set in a semicircle with steep 45º slopes, with plantations slanting south allowing for a soft exposure angle to the sun. On the gradient, temperatures decrease, which play a role on the slow yet full grape maturity. This property produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Carmenère, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Mouvedre.

The soils are characterized by a significant presence of granodioritic rock that has a very low capacity for retaining water, which makes the hillsides the ideal place to grow grapes. In general the Apalta climate is more temperate than the rest of the Colchagua Valley due to the Pacific breezes that enter and remain in the valley. The considerable temperature difference between the hillsides and flat sections allows for slow and full ripening processes for the grapes.The rigorous management plan that we use in our vineyards throughout the year allows us to obtain the highest quality grapes. Expert hands dedicate a great deal of time and care to each sector of the vineyards in order to achieve optimum quality grapes beginning in March of every year. The final product is 100% hand picked.

Viña Montes invites you to leave the world behind and experience a unique and unforgettable tour through vegetation that is typical of central Chile on a nature path complete with panoramic vistas. While out in the vineyards you can enjoy a view of the steep hillsides (with a more than 45-degree incline) and natural environment that is representative of central Chile where they produce the best grapes for our Montes Alpha M, Montes Folly and Purple Angel wines. Inside the “bodega” you can observe the gravitational system that they use to move the wines, their tours offer an opportunity to learn more about terroir by tasting a fine selection of their wines and visiting the winery and vineyards.The we end up at Clos De Apalta ,This revolutionary winery is solely dedicated to the production of Casa Lapostolle’s world-class icon wine, Clos Apaltais 100% gravity-fed spanning five levels, three of which are buried into the granite of the Apalta hillside to provide a natural cool temperature environment for cellaring and ageing. This rare vertical design allows the wine to flow naturally downward during every stage of the production, eliminating the need to pump, which can adversely affect the subtle flavors of the wine.Grapes are hand-harvested and brought to the highest level of the winery where they will be 100% hand-destemmed, a labor intensive technique performed by only very few wineries throughout the world. Fermentation takes place in 21 small French wooden vats which size corresponds to a parcel of our Apalta vineyard. Thus we can enhance the personality of each of our terroir plots. Throughout our facilities you will see how gravity plays an important role to gently create our Clos Apalta wine. You will admire a wonderful setting in which wine industry blends perfectly with design.The tour will take a bit more than an hour, and you will be introduced into the winemaking world; finishing with a tasting of Casa Lapostolle wines, which will be longing to be a part of your experience.

Duration:
Departure from Hotel in the morning
From 08:30 hrs to 19: 00 hrs.

It includes:
– A private professional English speaking wine tour guide
– Transportation in spacious, clean, air conditioned and comfortable vehicle with a professional driver.
– Toll roads
– Tour and wine tastings in Viu Mannent winery
– Tour and wine tastings in Montes winery
– Tour and wine tastings in Clos de Apalta
– A typical lunch at the winery Viu Mannent
– Wine tasting on route
– Bottled of water

Not included:
– Gratuities for driver
– Any item not mentioned on program
– Items of personal nature