Chile, the long and beautiful country located in the southwest corner of South America is famous for many things, but wine is among the most popular. Chile’s ideal climate provides some of the best conditions for growing grapes. There are at least 14 different wine producing regions and valleys, most of which are located just outside of the capital city, Santiago de Chile. Some of the most popular Chile wine regions are the Maipo Valley, Colchagua Valley, Casablanca Valley and Aconcagua Valley.
Wine Lodge: Casona Matetic Hotel
Many wineries offer day visits where you can learn about the production of wine and enjoy a wine tasting. If you are a wine enthusiast, consider spending one or two nights at a Chile wine lodge where you can indulge in not only first class cuisine and wines but also enjoy fun outdoor activities. Staying at a Chile wine lodge is the perfect way to relax after exploring South America.
I recommend spending a weekend at the Casona Matetic Hotel in the Casablanca Valley. This seven room luxury boutique hotel is charming and full of character with over 100 years of history. Taste some of the excellent Matetic wines, famous for its organic and biodynamic production. The Matetic Winery specializes in high-quality Syrah’s and exports their specialty wines to over 30 countries.
This hotel also offers guests various outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding through the vineyard’s large estate. Or take a tour of the organic grounds and wine cellar and learn about the wine production process, bottling and storage. You can even try their new chocolate tasting shots that complement the Corralillo Syrah and the Pinot Noir. This delicious unison of flavors offers guests the chance to experience wine like never have before.
During the late afternoon or evening, relax by the outdoor pool or in the gorgeous garden. Before dinner visit the ranch’s drawing rooms where you can mingle with the fellow guests while sipping a glass of wine.
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After relaxing for two or three days in the Casablanca Valley, head back to Santiago, and continue to your next destination. If you can’t get enough of Chile, continue towards the Pacific Coast to the vibrant and historic city of Valparaiso. This UNESCO Wold Heritage Site is another fun day trip from Santiago.
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