A sure shot way to chill out in Chile would be to spend half a day at the wineries right on the outskirts of the capital Santiago. Flanked by the Andes in one side and the mighty Pacific on the other, the Chilean territory is a winery paradise with ideal temperatures, soil quality, wind and moisture needed for quality grapes to be produced.
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Reminiscing our visit to some of the oldest vineyards in Chile and tasting an array of fine and premium quality red and white Chilean wine. I don't touch a drop of alcohol unless I'm travelling (I try local food and drink, it helps me to know, write and cook/prepare them later upon returning to home) or there is a celebration like birthdays of Beautographer or mine or our anniversary (but in moderation). Why? I would only drink alcoholic drinks when I'm in a celebratory mood but the reason I don't drink alcohol otherwise is because I care about my skin and health. 1. Alcohol ages your skin faster 2. Alcohol makes you gain weight And of course there is zero health related benefits to it! There are people who would be a regular drinker but wouldn't gain weight, that's because everyone's metabolism is different. But generally the above two reasons are applicable to most. #love #londonblogger #TravelBlog #traveldiary #drinks #wine #winetasting #redwine #chileanwine #healthyliving #alcohol #wineries #vineyard #celebrate #foodblog #healthbenefits #skincare #healthylifestyle #drinking #chile #santiago
- Ideal for a half day trip right after arriving at Santiago
- Recommended to start the tour with Vina Aquitania followed by Cousiño Macul, best to arrive early to enjoy the morning freshness in the winery
- Taxi ride from anywhere in Santiago to these wineries should take around 20 minutes
- Make sure to check out the winery websites (Vina Aquitania, Cousiño Macul) to reserve preferred tour time and take note of the fees. Incase you miss your tour time (in Cousiño Macul for example), you may have to wait for another group for English language commentary.
- These recommended wineries are a short taxi ride (around 5 minutes) away from each other. Request the receptionist at Vina Aquitania to call a taxi to reach Cousino Macul before your tour starts there.
- Other than wine-tasting on site (included in the fees), make sure to buy a few bottles of the local produce, especially Cousiño Macul Lota Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2006
When we arrived at Vina Aquitania, we realised that we brought with us the first footsteps of the day. The grapevines were all looking fresh and bright with the gentle touch of the Andean sun. We made our way through the imaginary red carpet laid out exclusively for us, escorted by supple and juicy grapy spectators.
Vina Aquitania happens to be located at the foot of the Andes, the “Quebrada de Macul” in the historic heart of the Maipo Valley. The first plantations here were vines with Bordeaux origin that had been present in Chile since the late nineteenth century. A rather cosy and small winery with a watch tower also allowed us to have a 360-degree view of the plantation.
Our sommelier at Vina Aquitania
The tour guide cum receptionist took us to the storage rooms where barrels of wine were kept and processed. We were introduced also to the group of women who were involved in packaging and labelling of the wine bottles.
Before the end of the short and informative trip, we were entertained to a free session of wine tasting right in front of the winery itself. The science of nature, the phases the grapes go through and the taste and colour of wine it results into – fascinating facts were discovered while having gentle wine sips. Not a bad idea for a breakfast certainly!
Our next tour at Cousiño Macul was scheduled at 11am so we took a short taxi ride from Vina Aquitania to arrive at the much bigger winery. We joined the English language group which was touring around the estate to explain the marvellous and mostly unknown little trivia about the wine making business.
A few things certainly stood out about Cousiño Macul and its heritage. It was indeed interesting to learn about the long standing family tradition and generations who had been at the helm of this fine wine production. Pictures of the family members who took charge to propel this winery through prosperity added to the remarkable storytelling. Founded in 1856, Cousiño Macul happens to be the only winery in Chile amongst those established in the 19th century that continues in the hands of the original founding family.
The entire premise had a calming effect like that found in a sanctuary. With wine or without – nerves were certainly meant to relax inside this beautiful winery. The underground cellar where the grapes were juiced and then stored for maturing or for fermentation were no less than a hidden dungeon of treasures. Barrels holding wine-in-making, kept in sync in the dim-light ambience some 20-30 feet underground were surely intriguing enough to tantalise the taste buds for a sip.
Same Wine in old bottle
Same Wine in new bottle Topsy turvy by midday
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Before making the way to the reception for actually tasting the wine, we were allowed to actually hold, squeeze and taste a variety of grapes still hanging from the vine. The texture, the moist, the colour, the skin – supposedly every element has a role in how the wine will turn out. We got a practical demonstration of this fact at the wine tasting desk where the flamboyant wine-master dished out his winning fine wines for us to taste. Certainly not under the full influence of intoxication due to an overload of fine wine, but the happy buzz meant that we bought a couple of bottles of signature wines made by Cousiño Macul, most notably the Lota Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot.
Some see the world in basic primary colours – red, blue and green. Those who have ventured out under the sun happen to see the finer shades in the natural repertoire of colours and discoveries. Wine is one such thing where every bottle and every label on it tells a story, where every sip sends out signals of precision, care, growth, reap and harvest of the grapes that make them. These wineries in Santiago, Chile are the perfect introduction to this heritage which belongs not only to Chile but also to the wine aficionados who care for the fine differences and richness – bottle by bottle.0