Perez Cruz, Santa Rita & Concha y Toro wineries

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 “ Casa de Dona Paula” restaurant in a 17th century house which it has been declared National Monument ,afterwards you will do the tour were you will be introduced to the wine production process, including the wine tasting and a great visit to the park.Then located by the fertile waters of the Maipo River is the Concha y Toro vineyard founded in 1883 by Don Melchor Concha y Toro, a Chilean lawyer, entrepreneur and politician, decided to exploit the winemaking potential of the Maipo Valley. He brought in French vines stocks from Bordeaux .The winery became successful a time when there was a keen interest in our national wine production, in the rich farmland of the picturesque little town call “Pirque “, it still maintain all the traditions of the renowned Chilean Wines like Don Melchor, Amelia, Terrunyo, Marquez de casa concha, Trio and Casillero del Diablo are the most well- known brands that this traditional winery is producing at this time.

We will visit the old house of the family, the park and the “Casillero del Diablo “, cellar that is a legend of this vineyard while we try its wines.

Duration:
Departure from Hotel in the morning at San Alfonso
From 08:30 hrs to 19:00hrs.
Reservation is required

Included:
– A private professional English speaking wine tour guide
– Transportation in spacious, clean, air conditioned and comfortable vehicle with a professional drivers.
– Toll roads
– Tour and Wine tasting in Santa Rita
– Tour and Wine tasting in Perez Cruz winery
– Tour and Wine tasting in Concha y Toro winery
– A gourmet lunch at the winery Santa Rita
– Outdoor wine tasting
– Bottled of water

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