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Lot 114 | Charming Chile: 7-Day Luxury Wine Tour for 2 Couples
The magic of South America comes to life in this 7-Day Luxury Wine Tour for 2 couples through the vibrant wines, landscapes, and culture of Chile. Private tours and tastings, luxury accommodations and VIP treatment.
Learn what makes the wines of Chile so alluring worldwide. Private tours and tastings, luxury accommodations and VIP treatment with guides and drivers all await you on this exciting trip through the Maipo, Casablanca, San Antonio and Colchagua valleys and winemaking regions.
Day 1: Transfer IN- Walking Tour & MOVI
After you arrive and get settled in your hotel, you set off exploring downtown Santiago, the most historic part of the city, by foot with a bilingual guide. From there the guide will lead you on a tour of the city’s most important historic and cultural sites including Barrios Lastarria and Paris y Londres, La Moneda (Presidential Palace), Plaza de Armas, and Mercado Central (Chiles largest fresh seafood market). Another highlight is Cerro Santa Lucia, which marks the spot where conquistador Pedro de Valdivia founded the city of Santiago and has a wonderful view of downtown.
Wrap up your first day in Santiago with a private dinner hosted by MOVI (Movimiento de Vinedos Independientes). Founded with the idea that winemakers themselves represent the wines (not brand managers or marketing people) you’ll get to dine with one of MOVI’s members and owner of wineries (to be confirmed) this person will carefully select wines he/she thinks goes well with the meal at hand and will never dictate which wine goes with which dish. The night is a blank canvas, giving you no preconceived notions about what pairs and what doesn’t.
After dinner, you will return to your accommodations at The Singular Lastarria. Located at the heart of the hip, eclectic Barrio Lastarria, The Singular brings 5-star luxury and the spirit of Santiago to life. Amenities including a spa, rooftop pool, gourmet dining, and 9th floor sky bar make this hotel stand out from the rest.
Day 2: Maipo Valley
After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will drive you one hour south to the marvelous agricultural heart of the Maipo Valley. First visit Concha y Toro winery located midst magnificent, hundred-year-old vineyards, the traditional cellar of the Concha y Toro family was built in 1890 in Cal y Canto.
Next, enjoy a delicious lunch at Santa Rita. Founded in 1880, this winery is one of Maipo Valley’s oldest wineries and one of the most popular Chilean wineries in the international market. Be sure to taste the Ultra Pehuén Carménère! After lunch stroll through the vineyards, property, and historical museum featuring many Mapuche artifacts.
Your last stop of the day is one of Chile’s best boutique wineries, Antiyal. This private vineyard belongs to Chile’s most celebrated oenologist and leader in organic viniculture, Álvaro Espinoza. Together with his wife they make two different wines, Antiyal and Kuyen.
Day 3: Casablanca Valley
This morning, your guide will take you to the renowned Casablanca Valley. The valley is world-famous for its technology and commitment to terroir, producing some of Chile’s best white wines and cool-climate reds. Chardonnay continues to reign, but Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir are on the rise in this region. Your first appointment is a tour and tasting at Villard fine wines. Established in 1989 by Thierry Villard as Chile’s first family premium boutique wine company. Over the last three decades, it has consistently been recognized as one of the best producers of the Casablanca Valley. Over the last decade, using the Valley’s exceptional terroir and unique characteristics, the new generation has introduced innovative winemaking techniques to create new super premium wines of structure and elegance.
Kingston Family Vineyards is your next tasting. Known for pioneering the production of cool-climate, artisan-style reds, Kingston is turning heads with its small production Pinot Noir, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. Wine Enthusiast heralded the vineyard as the “Sommelier’s New Chilean Favorite.” While you’re there, experience a three-course lunch with wines specially selected to accompany the flavors of each dish.
Your day concludes in San Antonio Valley with the introduction of your next hotel, La Casona Matetic. This colonial, country home-turned-hotel with manicured lawns and a refreshing pool makes this a charming oasis nestled within a gorgeous vineyard. Enjoy dinner at Matetic’s restaurant, Equilibrio, named after its most-loved wine.
Day 4: Leisure Day at Matetic
Day four comes with a slower tasting pace and the opportunity to explore Matetic’s state-of-the-art winemaking facility on the hotel property. This winery incorporates organic agricultural practices and design that optimizes vinification. Taste their Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Syrah and then take some time to relax by the pool. Take advantage of hiking, biking or horseback riding while in the El Rosario Valley and return to the Equilibrio restaurant at your leisure for lunch and dinner. Whatever you decide to do, just save some energy as you’ve got a big day of tours and tastings tomorrow!
Day 5: Colchagua Valley
Today you head for Colchagua Valley! Your first stop is at Neyen. Founded on the site of one of the regions oldest wineries, Neyen’s construction and vines date back to 1890. They blend their wines with Carménère, which gives them structure and Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds vibrancy. You’ll explore their critically acclaimed wines through a private tour and tasting.
Next, you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch at the family-run Viu Manent Winery. Founded in 1935, Viu Manent’s core philosophy is centered in attention to detail, respect for the environment, and honoring history and tradition while embracing innovation and modernity as they lead to excellence in their wines.
Finish your day with a private tour and tasting at Clos Apalta Winery and a visit to the family’s private cellar. Founded in 1994 by Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle (of the Grand Marnier family), this winery helped to establish Chile as a premier red wine region.
Your last 3 nights in Chile will be spent at the fabulous VIK Hotel. Comprised of 22 luxurious suites in a glass and golden titanium sculptural building, VIK is situated on a hilltop boasting breathtaking 360-degree views of the Viña Vik Vineyard and surrounding nature. Nestled in a magnificent vineyard in a terroir known by the natives as Millahue, the “place of gold,” so named for its nature, beauty, diversity and the gold found in the area. While at VIK, you’ll enjoy buffet breakfasts, casual lunches, and four course dinners with wine.
Day 6: More Colchagua Valley
Too much to experience in Colchagua Valley? No worries. You get to spend another day in this magnificent setting! Breakfast will be at the hotel, however the real fun starts at lunchtime. Head over to MontGras Winery for your outdoor barbecue lunch. Afterwards, experience more MontGras. The winery produces eight different brands of wine across three different valleys: Colchagua, Maipo, and Leyda, and lucky for you, you get to try them all! Also, you can make, bottle, label, and cork your own blend of wine to take home as a souvenir.
Next, you’ll be taken to Montes winery and the visionary winery inspired by its Feng Shui design. You’ll love this unforgettable experience, rated by TripAdvisor as one of the top attractions in the Colchagua Valley… And the wines are great too!
Day 7: Relax or Explore!
For your last day in wine-making paradise, you can stay and further explore VIK and included activities, or you have the option to visit the Colchagua Museum in Santa Cruz. This is the largest private museum in Chile that features pre-Columbian anthropomorphic ceramics from all over Latin America.
And with that you’ll be transferred to the airport and off to the states with fond memories of your time spent in enchanting Chile!
This trip includes:
Please note: The itinerary presented is a complete trip for two couples. You can also add a third couple to your trip (at the cost of one half of the winning bid), customize your itinerary, upgrade your accommodations or add additional days. Work with Nashville Wine Auction staff after the auction to book and/or alter your trip. Additional costs over what is listed above are the responsibility of the buyer(s). Please contact Nashville Wine Auction staff with potential travel dates to verify supplier availability before booking flights.
Restrictions: Itinerary subject to change based on availability at time of booking. Blackout dates are December 20 – January 2. Trip does not include airfare or train travel, additional meals, wine with meals, and transfers not specified in the itinerary. Personal expenses, tips and gratuities, travel insurance (strongly recommended) also not included. For best availability of suppliers, a minimum of three months advance notice of selected dates is required. Trip restrictions apply, see Trip Guidelines in the Auction Rules and Reference section of the catalog.
FULL EXPERIENCE AT MATETIC INCLUDES: welcome cocktail, breakfast, lunch and dinner menu with a bottle of wine, 2 outdoor excursions per person, regular biodynamic wine tour & tasting. NOT INCLUDED: drink or beverages not mentioned, private services, gratuities, laundry, telephone, extra experiences.
FULL EXPERIENCE AT VIK INCLUDES: Accommodation at selected suite category. Buffet breakfast at Milla Milla. Casual style lunch + 1 glass of wine. Afternoon tea. Four course dinner + 2 glasses of wine. Activities: tour to the winery and wine tasting, guided tour to the vegetables garden and tasting of seeds and flowers, horseback riding, biking, paintball and trekking. All activities led by our Experience Concierges. Access to: sauna, relax areas, swimming pool and game rom. Minibar with water and sodas refilled daily. Welcome drink upon arrival.
The Singular Lastarria Hotel
The VIK Hotel
Clos Apalta Vineyards