- Transfer: Santiago Hotel to Maipo Valley Hotel
- Tour: A day in Maipo Valley
Las Majadas de Pirque
- Meals: B, L
After checking out of your hotel this morning, you will be transferred to your accommodation in the Maipo Valley. En route enjoy a day of touring in the region
Maipo Valley Intro
One of Chile’s largest and most historically significant wine regions, the Maipo Valley has the nation’s capital city of Santiago at its heart. The valley includes more than 30,000 acres of vineyards, more than half of which are dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon. For the past 150 years, vines have grown to the north of the city, while thousands of acres of vines also thrive in the fertile passageway that extends southwest of Santiago!
Winemakers insisted that no other place in Chile has the quality of terroir of Maipo Alto. They were keen to note that the upper Maipo offers hillsides with multiple exposures to the sun, warm days and cool nights, little to no rainfall during the late portion of the growing season, and most important of all, alluvial soils that allow for proper drainage and impart mineralogy into the grapes, and hence the wines. In the 1850s the Maipo Valley is where Chile’s wine industry began; today the region and its Cabernet Sauvignons still largely define Chilean wine.
A day in Maipo Valley
Begin the morning with a visit to a producer such as Vina Perez Cruz for a visit followed by a tasting of their range including Liguai. There will be time to walk in the vineyards with your host before the tasting. The winery was built of native wood with two barrel-shaped central naves, exterior arches that evoke the passing of wind through trees, and stone foundations that recall the structures the Incas left behind in the area. Its sustainable design incorporates a gravity-flow process and has a 3-million-liter capacity, responsible for producing well-balanced wines of origin, with naturally low yields and soft tannins.
Next, you will be welcomed at the small boutique winery, Antiyal for a picnic lunch and tasting. One of Chile’s best boutique wineries, Antiyal is the private vineyard of Chile’s most celebrated oenologist and leader in organic viniculture, Álvaro Espinoza. Together with his wife, Mariana Ashton, Espinoza cultivates a ½ hectare of Cabernet Sauvignon which produces about 6,000 bottles per year from his small cellar. Antiyal has been acclaimed by the most prestigious wine magazines in the world and is currently exported to multiple international markets.
Our final stop will be at Haras de Pirque, or similar, for a tour and tasting. The vineyard is located south of the Maipo River between 1800-2100 feet above sea level, on the northern slope at the foothills of the Andes. Due to their location at the foot of the hill, the fermentation warehouses have a marked slope that allows the grapes and musts to be processed by gravity, reducing the use of motor pumps and other equipment. Haras de Pirque represents Marchesi Antinori’s desire to produce high quality organic wines that are able to express Chile’s winemaking potential while promoting the Maipo Valley’s extraordinary terroir.
Your guide will return you at the day’s conclusion to your accommodation.