- Day 01 : Santiago
Today upon arrival to Santiago’s airport, a driver and guide will meet you and take you to your hotel in Santiago.
Singular Lastarria in Santiago combines the style of early 20th century buildings with neoclassical French architectural influences. The result is a striking new addition to the Santiago cityscape.
Everywhere you go in this Santiago hotel, you’ll experience yet another pleasant surprise: an endlessly indulgent spa, a superlative dining experience at the Singular Restaurant, dazzling views and refreshing cocktails in the ninth floor Sky Bar. Step out onto the elevated terrace, and you’re treated to a spectacular view: the Parque Forestal, an arboreal escape, right alongside the hotel, and enjoy the roof top swimming pool.
The hotel is not only bounded by natural beauty, though; Lastarria is the epicenter of the arts here in Santiago. Walk just a few minutes, and you can discover some of the finest visual and performance art Chile has to offer at The Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of Visual Arts, the Gabriela Mistral Center and more.
Accommodation: Singular Lastarria
Meals: No Meals Included
- Day 02 : Cachapoal Valley
This morning after checking out of your hotel, your driver and guide will take you south to the Cachapoal Valley.
The Cachapoal Valley is located 53 miles (85 km) south of Santiago. Most of Cachapoal's noteworthy vineyards are located towards the east of the region, in the foothills of the Andes, away from the warmer valley floor. The area is known for its Cabernet Sauvignon vines, while closer to the coast, where the ocean breezes flow through the coastal range, has more Carmenere vines.
Our first stop will be to the Altaïr vineyard, which is located close to the town of Requínoa. The main factors that give character and complexity to their wine are their proximity to the mountains and the cool breezes that come down causing a natural temperature in the vineyard of 25° and up, allowing them to extend the natural maturation of the fruit on the vine. The resulting wines exhibit delicate and soft tannins, bright aromas, and a freshness and natural acidity rare in the new world. The wines are concentrated, but above all the stamp the Upper Cachapoal valley brings to their wines a remarkable finesse and elegance.
Our tour here will conclude with a tasting of their wines.
Next, we will head towards VIK Winery. Viña Vik sits on a 4300-hectare property hidden in the forest on the northern side of the Apalta Valley. It has a very high level lodge with a privileged view overlooking our 70-hectare lake and 3,000 hectares of forests and vineyards. The 11,000-acre property is hemmed by contoured hills dotted with native forests.
Here the vines grow in the rolling valley and climbing the steep hillsides. The area boasts a very pleasant climate with warm sunny days and cool evenings. It is a pleasure to spend time at VIK discovering Millahue, ‘the place of gold’ in the local Mapuche language and the fabulous wine.
Here we will have lunch and a tour of their wine-producing facilities.
Afterwards, you will check in to your hotel.
New as of late 2014, Viña Vik hotel quite literally reigns over the Millahue Valley. Designed to resemble a gold ring, the hotel's titanium roof glows forth from its privileged position overlooking rolling hills lined with green vines and a large lagoon.
Viña Vik is an art filled 22-suite avant-garde retreat and wine spa located in Millahue, Chile on the VIK vineyard. The vineyard retreat is perched on a hilltop above a lake at the center of this spectacular 11,000-acre (4325 hectare) vineyard with panoramic 360-degree views of the vines, multiple valleys, hills, forests and mountains up to 1000 meters with the majestic Andes Mountains in the distance.
Communal areas include a wonderful granite infinity pool with a map of the southern hemisphere stars in LEDs on the bottom. Positioned so that it looks like it's overhanging the lagoon below, the sun lounger deck backs on to a gym, yoga room and games room. The lower floor is home to the spa with its five massage rooms and sauna. As well as massages and facials using grape–derived products, hair care treatments are also on the menu.
Viña Vik has a ‘zero kms’ policy, which means that all the produce comes from local providers in the surrounding region. There are no menus and every meal is different. It may be, for example, mushroom soup with blue cheese and cured ham made on the estancia, followed by wagyu beef with risotto, courgettes and bacon, then red berries in créme ingles for dessert.
Days are spent wine tasting and exploring the vineyard on foot, bicycle, or horseback with the wonderful huaso (horseman), Nano.
Accommodation: Viña Vik hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner
- Day 03 : Colchagua Valley
This morning after checking out of your hotel, your driver and guide will take you south to the Colchagua Valley.
The Colchagua Valley is located 180 km (110 mi) south of Santiago, at the southernmost portion of the Rapel Valley. This is one of Chile’s best known wine regions and has earned much applause for its full-bodied Cabernet, Carménère, Syrah, and Malbec, and its wines regularly appear high on the world’s lists of leading wines. The majority of the wineries are concentrated in the center of the valley, although new plantations climb hillsides and explore the western frontier toward the sea. Home to the ‘huaso’ (Chilean cowboys); one of Chile’s best-known regions for premium quality red varieties was named the ‘World’s Best Wine Region 2005’ by Wine Enthusiast.
Upon arrival, you will visit the Montes Winery. ‘La Finca de Apalta’ is an essential part of the renowned Apalta Valley. The Tinguiririca River forms a natural divider in this isolated area, while a mountain chain to the north helps maintain a soft ocean breeze that plays a key role in the Apalta climate. To the south, the Tinguiririca River creates a wind corridor, while the steep south-facing hillsides allow the vineyards to obtain adequate light and sun exposure.
Your tour here will conclude with a tasting of their premium wines.
Our next stop today will be the Clos Apalta winery. This revolutionary winery is solely dedicated to the production of Casa Lapostolle’s world-class icon wine, Clos Apalta. The winery is 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.
Lunch will be at the vineyards award-winning restaurant.
Our next destination will be to the Neyen Winery, where you will find the perfect blend of tradition and modernity. The vineyards enjoy a privileged location within the horseshoe-shaped Apalta Valley: a small valley protected by the nearby Coastal Range from the winds that blow through the Tinguiririca River Canyon.
Noi Blend Hotel, a new member to the Noi Hotel chain, was formerly a Manor House built in 1875, which has been converted into an urban chic oasis set in the natural and relaxed countryside in Santa Cruz.
Noi Blend Hotel offers a high standard of service to guests and has all the amenities needed to escape for a weekend or a few days.
The hotel has 13 cozy rooms each decorated with their own unique style, and includes a restaurant, pool, and barbecue area and spa services.
Accommodation: Noi Blend Hotel
Meals: Breakfast And Lunch
- Day 04 : Casablanca Valley
This morning after checking-out of your hotel, your driver and guide will pick you up and take you 1 hour west of Santiago, to the Casablanca Valley.
The Casablanca Valley is located between the coastal mountain range and the Pacific Ocean. Vineyards have grown here since 1875, but only since the 1980’s was the true potential of this valley discovered, when it was determined that the soil and the conditions were in many ways similar to the Napa and Sonoma valleys in California. This valley is located in a temperate semi-arid climate zone, characterized by alternating short, relatively rainy winters and long, continually dry summers. The valley is oriented in such a way that daily ocean breezes cool the grapes on the vines and result in intensely fruity wines. Additionally, very favorable sunlight conditions influence the grape ripening process, creating unique conditions that provide its wines with unique features.
Upon arrival, we will visit some of the valleys best vineyards.
Casa Marín is a boutique winery and fine wine producer. It stands out for its unique cool climate located in Lo Abarca – part of the San Antonio Valley – just 4 kilometers from the Pacific coast. The wines have been recognized internationally for their quality, innovation and market value. The winery produces the following varieties: Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Gris.
Our next stop today will be to the Matetic vineyard, which was designed by their team in cooperation with the architect Lawrence Odfjell. It is a state-of-the-art winemaking facility, constructed so as to complement its glorious setting. In other words, harmony has been reached between the winery's organic agricultural practices and the natural landscape of the valley. This winery, which has a 300 thousand-liter capacity, relies on a gravitational-flow design that optimizes management of the grapes brought in from the nearby vineyards. During your tour here, you will learn about the different phases of wine production while appreciating the stunning views of the vineyards and the beautiful Rosario Valley.
Afterwards we will enjoy a delicious lunch served in the vineyard's Equilibrio Restaurant, run by the prestigious chef Matías Bustos.
After lunch, your driver and guide will take you to Santiago’s airport for your flight.
Meals: Breakfast And Lunch