We will drive One-hour south to the Maipo Valley, where we will see the narrow valley between high cliffs , at the foothill of the Andes, is the most important and productive vineyards of Chile for red grapes.The natural conditions of the Maipo Alto Valley for the production of premium wines, led Perez Cruz to choose the best varieties for its terroir.The 140 hectares of vines are planted with The 140 hectares of vines are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon,Carmenere,Merlot,syrah,Malbec and Petit Verdot.The principal aim of Viña Perez Cruz is to produce fine wines, with a proper identity but that expressed all the qualities of the Maipo Alto, the cradle of the Chilean premium wines. At the most suitable varieties were chosen. At the same time the winery building was constructed with a high technology standard but design to harmonize with the natural landscape.

The architect José Cruz Ovalle created a laminated wood building with low stone walls around the base. It measures 6000 square meters and has natural light. The wooden roof, supported on curved pillars of the same material, was designed to allow thermal isolation and free air flow circulation, both ideal for fine wine making. We will tour around the vines and the production building including a wine tasting. Our next stop is going to be for the Viña Santa Rita that it was founded in 1880, by a distinguished entrepreneur of those times, Mr. Domingo Fernández Concha in the area of Alto Jahuel where the main installations of the winery are currently located. From the very beginning, he introduced fine French varieties, winemakers and the most advanced winemaking techniques. At the end of the 80´s a great expansion period for Santa Rita starts, sustained by the great momentum experienced by its exports and the excellent reputation acquired by its products, which obtained important awards and worldwide recognition. We deserved a remarkable lunch at Mojaito a local place where the selection of their products come from the backyard of their patio and the freshness is wellknown for the locals. After this treat in the afternoon we will visit Cousiño Macul. The family Cousiño very well known for their fortune, but more it is for its wines in the Central Valleys such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Described as one of the best vineyards in the World”; Wine Spectator”Magazine, 1989. It is fair to say that the Cousiño family played a leading role in setting the high standards of Chile’s current wine industry. The Cousiño Macul winery, now in the hands of the sixth generation of Cousiños, will undoubtedly continue to write the history of this nation’s proud winemaking tradition. It is not surprising that the well-known wine expert and writer Hugh Johnson described Cousiño Macul as “The first growth of Chile.” You will have the opportunity to see the whole process of wine making while you try its wines, then we will get back to Santiago to the hotel.

It includes:
– A private professional English speaking wine tour guide
– Transportation in spacious, clean, air conditioned and comfortable vehicle with a professional driver.
– Tour and wine tastings in Santa Rita Winery
– Tour and wine tastings in Cousiño Macul winery
– Toll roads
– A local lunch with wine at Mojaito
– Empanada on the road
– Wine tasting on route
– Bottled of water

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

Duration:
Departure from Hotel in the morning
From 09:00hrs to 18: 00 hrs.