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Iconic Wines

Chile, South America

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Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 2
Operator: Liz Caskey Culinary & Wine Experiences 12 people max
  • Santiago
  • Culinary & Wine Travel trips
Chileans love to take visitors aside and proudly share a favorite anecdote how the Universe organized the “leftovers” when Earth was created into their long, thin country. Indeed, Chile truly does have it all: the parched Atacama desert and Andean indigenous cultures; the fertile Mediterranean valleys full of vineyards and orchards; thousands of miles of coastline; a bustling, properous capital; rainforested fjords; snowcapped volcanoes; azure glaciers, and the windswept lands of Patagonia.

Add to this landscape new five-star hotels; intimate eco-resorts: gorgeous architecture from colonial adobe to modern skyscrapers; exquisite rustic cuisine that echoes Provencal flavors; and robust wines that have the whole world talking. However, what keeps us coming back are the gracious people. They genuinely want you to love their country as much as they do.

As Chile blossoms with a thriving economy, excellent infrastructure and safety, emerging arts scene, and boom in food and wine culture, if there was ever a moment to visit Chile, it’s now.

Liz Caskey Culinary & Wine Experiences immerses you in Chilean culture with insider access to amazing experiences, extraordinary people, palate-delighting food and wines, and mindblowing landscapes. Our journeys will connect you with the Chile’s people, touch your heart, and speak to your soul.

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Chile, South America

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3 testimonials about the provider, Liz Caskey Culinary & Wine Experiences:

  • Reviewer: located in Shreveport, LA USA.
    “Our trip through Chile and Argentina with you was truly memorable. You’ve done a great job at establishing relationships in the wine industry as well as the hospitality industry – and it all shows in the finished product that was our trip. We thoroughly enjoyed everywhere we went, the first class establishments where we stayed, and the experience of the whole trip (not to mention all we ate and drank!). We’ve been a lot of places and on a lot of trips – this truly will be remembered as one of our more fun experiences as well as a great educational experience in the Chilean/Argentine wine industry – and our now much better understanding of wine as well as the industry. Thanks.”

    5
  • Reviewer: located in Toronto, Canada
    “We thoroughly enjoyed our adventure with you in the Colchagua Valley--without question a highlight of our three weeks in South America. Your professionalism, expertise, passion and sense of fun brought our trip to what seemed like the perfect conclusion.”

    5
  • Reviewer: located in Lancaster, PA USA.
    “Thank you for all of your assistance in making our trip to Chile and Argentina a wonderful experience! We enjoyed the food, wine, accommodations, culture but, most importantly, our guides. Everyone made us feel welcome. Having lunch at your home was a great way to wrap up our Chilean experience.“

    5

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  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.

Itinerary

Day 1

Head towards the foothills of the Andes to the wine appellation closest to Santiago, the Maipo valley. Named after the Maipo River, the excellent soil and climate are a perfect match for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, explore the Alto Maipo, or “High” Maipo, which sits closest to the Andes Mountains. The first appointment is at a joint venture between Chile’s most traditional winery Concha y Toro and the prestigious French Chateau, Mouton Rothschild. Formed more than a decade ago, their objective is to produce one elegant wine combining old world know-how with Chile’s unique terroir. Visit the vineyards and sleek winery before a tasting of the fantastic 2002 vintage from their collection.

Journey a little farther south to the village of Pirque to drop in on friends at a non-profit organic farm and ecological high school. First get to know the farm’s organic vegetable garden, meet the goats and chickens responsible for the delicious cheese and free range eggs, and finally, get an up close look at bee hives with an apiculture professor to understand how honey is produced (protective suits provided). After whetting your appetite, have an intimate lunch in the 19th century villa where all ingredients are homegrown. Dig into creamy Chevre-style goat cheese, juicy vine-ripened tomato pebre, and bread baked in a mud oven, as you wait for the simple and fresh full course meal. Delicious.

After lunch, meet the personal project of Chile’s pioneer organic and biodynamic winemaker. Literally a garage winery producing a few thousand cases each year, walk their lovely vineyards dotted with wild flowers and horses plowing as they share how they cultivate their grapes sustainably. The results are phenomenonal, robust reds, hinting at the passion of the people who lovingly make this wine.

Drive an hour-and-a-half drive to the heart of the Colchagua valley. Check into the luxurious Clos Apalta Residences. These handsomely appointed private guesthouses boast astounding views of the valley and Casa Lapostolle vineyards below.

Tonight, savor a private dinner at the estate with, of course, the exquisite Clos Apalta. Cheers!


Day 2

Enjoy a leisurely start this morning with check out at noon. If you like, visit the stunning Clos Apalta winery--one of Chile’s most chic, innovating, and highly acclaimed. Belonging to the Gran Marnier family, this extraordinary wine, named 2008 Wine of Year from Wine Spectator, is a reflection of its opulent setting buried deep in an Apalta hillside. See the shiny installations followed by a tasting in their gorgeous barrel cellar.

The next appointment is nearby. Here, drop in on friends at one of Colchagua’s newest and most prestigious garage wineries. With only five bottled vintages, they produce one single Cabernet-Carmenere blend from 115 year-old rootstock. Walk amid the craggy vines and admire the restored colonial cellar. Finish with a private tasting of the exquisite 2005 harvest with remarkable finesse and balance.

Lunch today is in the quaint colonial-town of Santa Cruz at a spectacular new bistro headed up by a passionate young chef. The clever dishes make ample use of local, organic produce from their garden and indigenous ingredients in Nouveau Chilean dishes with a country flair. Paired with the meal is a tasting from other top valley wineries.

Finally, on the way back to Santiago, we stop in the Cachapoal appellation. Nestled in the foothills of the Andes where cool breezes flow and ample valley views abound, visit a winery conceived with the sole objective of making a grand cru from Chile. No detail has been spared in this exquisite project. The result is concentrated wines with great structure, soft tannins, bright aromas, and a tremendous balance. Get to know the soul of this wine by visiting its birthplace—the vineyards and winery--followed by a tasting of the outstanding 2003 vintage.

Return to Santiago in the afternoon with drop-off at hotel or airport.

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