Reclaiming the Roots of Winemaking in Chile
The Maule Valley
Travel 3.5 hours south to the Maule Valley, stopping for lunch at the historic Casa Silva winery and then a tasting at Gillmore Winery & Vineyards. Settle into Casona Mingre with a premium tasting and a traditional Chilean dinner, followed by a starlit soak in the oversized hot tub.
Start the day off with a mid-morning tour and tasting at El Viejo Almacén de Sauzal, located in the tiny six-block-long town of Sauzal. Round out the afternoon at Count Francesco Marone Cinzano’s Caliboro Reserve, sipping dry-farmed wines, from varieties not historically associated with Chile such as Cabernet Franc, Barbera, Garnacha (Grenache) and Mourvedre.
Cross the tracks of Chile’s last narrow gauge railway to Viña Gonzalez Bastías, which retains a sense of yesteryear and makes three of its four wines with Uva País. Come mid-afternoon, head back to the Casona Mingre and tour Bouchon Family Wines.
After a hearty farewell breakfast at Mingre, head north toward Santiago and visit the Altair vineyards for a leisurely tour of the beautifully planted grounds and a tasting over lunch. Say goodbye to the wine country and head back to Santiago.
Located on the private family estate of winemaker Julio Bouchon and family, Mingre is a colonial hacienda dating back to the mid-19th century. Visiting Mingre is like taking a step back in time to colonial Chile, where traditions thrive and huasos are still commonly seen on horseback. Activities like mountain biking and horseback riding are available and recommended, and the hacienda’s unique wine barrel, wood-stove heated hot tub is a must.