Iconic wine makers of the Maipo Valley in Chile
After breakfast, we leave Santiago and transfer towards Maipo Valley, the landlocked cradle of Chilean wine-making traditions. We make our way to Haras de Pirque Winery, whose founders have excelled in blending two national passions: Horses & Wine.
Our next stop, Viña Almaviva requires a bit of history… 1997, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Baron Philippe de Rothschild and the Chairman of Viña Concha y Toro sealed a partnership agreement with a view to create an exceptional Franco-Chilean wine called Almaviva. Produced under the joint technical supervision of both partners, the first vintage achieved immediate international success upon its launch in 1998. Made from a blend of classic Bordeaux varieties, in which Cabernet Sauvignon predominates, Almaviva is the result of a felicitous encounter between two cultures, and an exceptionally elegant and complex wine. Its launch was a major milestone in the development of Chilean wines.
Then, as we drive just west of the main Cordillera we enter Viña Santa Rita. We first visit its historic Hacienda, which had an important role on the Independence war that liberated the country. We enjoy their wines over lunch, and late afternoon driving back to Santiago.
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