We are going to drive South of Santiago to visit our first winery Viña Montes, their property the "La Finca de Apalta" is located in the middle of the renowned Apalta Valley. In this isolated area, The River Tinguiririca becomes a natural barrier. On the northern end, an elevated mountain range filters the soft ocean breeze, a key factor of the weather quality in Apalta. This area is set in a semicircle with steep 45º slopes, with plantations slanting south allowing for a soft exposure angle to the sun. On the gradient, temperatures decrease, which play a role on the slow yet full grape maturity. This property produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Carmenère, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Mouvedre.
The soils are characterized by a significant presence of granodioritic rock that has a very low capacity for retaining water, which makes the hillsides the ideal place to grow grapes. In general the Apalta climate is more temperate than the rest of the Colchagua Valley due to the Pacific breezes that enter and remain in the valley. The considerable temperature difference between the hillsides and flat sections allows for slow and full ripening processes for the grapes. The rigorous management plan that we use in our vineyards throughout the year allows us to obtain the highest quality grapes. Expert hands dedicate a great deal of time and care to each sector of the vineyards in order to achieve optimum quality grapes beginning in March of every year. The final product is 100% handpicked.
Viña Montes invites you to leave the world behind and experience a unique and unforgettable tour through vegetation that is typical of central Chile on a nature path complete with panoramic vistas. While out in the vineyards you can enjoy a view of the steep hillsides (with a more than 45-degree incline) and natural environment that is representative of central Chile where they produce the best grapes for their Montes Alpha M, Montes Folly and Purple Angel wines. Inside the “bodega” you can observe the gravitational system that they use to move the wines, their tours offer an opportunity to learn more about terroir by tasting a fine selection of their wines and visiting the winery and vineyards then we will continue to a unique experience in gastronomy, developed by out talented team of Chilean chefs. Their philosophy rests on the freshness of seasonal ingredients. They want to bring out the flavors of the region by pairing them with their wines at Clos de Apalta winery At Lapostolle Residence, using the products of their own organic vegetable garden, as well as fresh local produce markets in the area. Then your last winery is Viña Apaltagua. The story of Viña Apaltagua began in 1995, when the successful American businessman Edward Tutunjian was on vacation in Chile and fell in love with both the country and its surprising wines. It was at that moment that he decided to invest in Chile, and acquired his first vineyard, La Pancora, located in the Seventh Region of Chile, in the prestigious Curicó Valley.
Afterwards, with the aim of increasing both the surface area planted, as well as the variety of grapes, a second property was acquired in Huaquén, located in the town of Curepto, in the Maule Valley, an area known for the excellence of its grapes. This vineyard was chosen for its climactic conditions, dominated by a large temperature fluctuation between day and night. Later, the Apaltagua Winery was incorporated into the company, located in the Sixth Region of Chile, in the Apalta Valley.
Valley in Colchagua, which is characterized for its excellent conditions for viticulture.
Later, land was purchased in the town of Pirque, in the Maipo Valley, where there is also a reserve with a home called the Hacienda de San Juan de Pirque, which is now the guest house of the winery, and is surrounded by a beautiful centenary park with a native forest, all of which are now recognized as part of our national heritage.
Finally, the estates of Palmilla (Colchagua) and Manantiales in San Antonio Valley were incorporated into the existing vineyards, transforming the company into a Multi-Valley Winery, with presence in five of the major wine-producing valleys of the country. This allows them to have diversity in the varieties and wines, due to the qualities that each Denomination of Origin provides. The consistent excellence of their wines has given them prestige and recognition over time, in the different international markets, which has been reflected in the most important wine publications in the world. In 2010, Apaltagua was the third most internationally award-winning Chilean vineyard. In 2011, the winery was granted 45 medals in international competitions and in 2012 it received 45 awards for its different wines, in countries such as the United States, Belgium, France, England, Chile and Germany, among others. In 2013 the winery has already been awarded with numerous recognitions. We will do a private tasting of their great wines and then drive back to Santiago.
Departure from Hotel in the morning
From 07:40 hrs to 19: 00 hrs.
- A private professional English speaking driver-guide
- Transportation in spacious, clean, air conditioned and comfortable vehicle with a professional driver license.
- Toll roads
- Tour and wine tastings in Montes winery
- Wine tastings in Apaltagua winery
- Gourmet lunch in Clos de Apalta winery
- Bottled of water
- A professional wine drop stop with the Chilean wine lover´s logo
- Gratuities for driverguide
- Tips in the retaurants
Price per person USD$240°° up to 7 people