A CULINARY EXPERIENCE: THE FLAVOURS OF THE CHILEAN WINE VALLEYS (9D-8N).

Santiago, Valparaíso, Santa Cruz

9 days and 8 nights

Welcome to the Flavors of Chilean Wine Valleys, a unique culinary program that takes you on a delightful journey through the heart of Chile’s vibrant food and wine scene. From Santiago to Valparaiso and the picturesque Colchagua Valley, immerse yourself in the rich flavors, traditions, and stories that make Chilean cuisine truly special.

Day 1: Santiago – Valparaíso.

  • Private transfer from Santiago/Santiago Airport to Valparaiso/Viña del Mar (Approx. 1:30 hours).
  • Bus at your disposal for 4 hours in Santiago, within the perimeter of Américo Vespucio Beltway.

 

Dinner or lunch with a Chilean family: It is one thing to taste food in restaurants, but it is another to feel the taste of Chilean homemade food, as we usually eat most days of our lives. In this authentic experience with a Chilean family, we will talk about different topics and what it is like to live in Chile today.

This spontaneous experience will show you what Chilean families are like over a typical Chilean meal. In 2 or 3 hours, we will enjoy delicious food and share our experiences and visions of life.

Night in Hotel Fauna in a superior room.

Day 2: Valparaíso.

Food Market & Cooking Class Experience: Today we have a cultural and gastronomic experience in Valparaíso, one of Chile’s main ports, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003.

Itinerary:

10:00: Pick up at the hotel, and we will start at the fish and food market in Caleta Portales. We will do some shopping in the bay and at the Cardonal market. Depending on the day, you can also shop in other traditional establishments in the town. We will also have some tastings of traditional products (empanada, ceviche, fish calugas (fingers) or some vegetarian options).

12:00: A cooking class where we will use the products we bought in the morning. Depending on the tastes of the participants, we can prepare ceviche, caldillos, pastel de choclo, etc. All this will be paired with drinks and Chilean wine.

15:00: Cultural tour of Cerro Alegre and Concepción. Walk through its beautiful streets and enjoy the view from the balconies of the bay and the hills full of colours that have inspired famous painters, architects, artists, musicians and poets.

17:00: Return to the hotel.

Night at Hotel Fauna in a superior room.

Day 3: Santiago – Casablanca Valley.

Casablanca Valley Private Tour – 8 hours: One hour west of Santiago we find this magnificent valley, located between the coastal mountains and the Pacific Ocean, in the valleys of Chile’s central region, with more than twenty vineyards specialised in Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. We invite you to travel along the beautiful Wine Route, where you can visit some of the most prestigious wineries, learn about wine production and enjoy the best wines. When the day is over we will either return to Santiago or drop you off in Valparaiso.

Attilio & Mochi Winery – Tasting with the owner: During this tasting of 5 wines representative of the terroir of Attilio & Mochi, the owner and winemaker Angela Mochi will tell first hand his story with Marcos Attilio, how they arrived from Brazil and today they make some of the best Chilean wines in the Casablanca Valley. The tasting will include 5 of the awarded wines, served with some snacks: bread, grissini or nuts. You will enjoy personal attention, an interesting talk and all the secrets of making quality wines in an exceptional way. Duration: About 1:15 hours.

Night at Hotel Ismael 312 in a park view room.

 

Day 4: Santiago.

Bus at your disposal for 4 hours: Bus at your disposal for 4 hours in Santiago within the perimeter of Américo Vespucio Beltway.

Patrimonial Gastronomic Tour – 4:30 hours: We invite you to join us on an unforgettable journey to some of the best places to eat in Santiago. We will travel through some of the most welcoming corners of the city, where the pleasure of eating never ends. This is an invitation to a delicious journey that will give you one of the most outstanding culinary experiences in the city. We will start at a traditional metropolitan market, with its wide variety of products, where we will sample tasty and spicy snacks. Then we will go to a unique bar with a bohemian atmosphere, famous in Chile, where we will enjoy a delicious apéritif consisting of traditional Chilean dishes. The tour will end at one of the best restaurants in Chile, where we will enjoy a three-course lunch and a wine pairing with the cuisine of a contemporary author.

Night at Hotel Ismael 312 in a park view room.

 

Day 5: Santiago and Maipo Valley.

Private tour of the Maipo Valley (7 hours): Private transfer to the vineyards of the Maipo Valley (7 hours). The oldest wine valley in Chile and the closest to Santiago, the Maipo Valley combines sun, wind and winter rains to create a Mediterranean climate perfect for producing Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Less than an hour’s drive from Santiago, the valley is famous for its well-balanced red wines. The salts carried in the waters of the Maipo River irrigate the fields, creating a unique balance of flavour and acidity in the resulting wines. The Maipo Valley is open all year round.

Private organic wine tour with the owner: Patricio Ulloa, the founder of Viña Las Araucarias, will take you on a tour of our organic vineyard, the harvest patio, the cellar, the barrel room and the bottling room. There you will be able to taste wines in different stages of fermentation, ending with a tasting of 3 organic wines:

  • Organic Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Organic Merlot
  • Organic blend: Gran Reserva Las Araucarias, Carmenere, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, 2015

 

This tour is a conversation with Patricio where he will talk about his experiences in winemaking, why he chose to go organic, dispel myths about Chilean wine and show the passion and work he has put into his organic vineyard.

 

Lunch and wine tasting at La Viluma Restaurant. Tips included.

Night at Hotel Ismael 312 in a park view room.

 

Day 6: Santiago.

Bus at your disposal for 4 hours: Bus at your disposal for 4 hours in Santiago within the perimeter of Américo Vespucio Beltway.

Chilean cooking class with Valentina Mac Auliffe: Chilean cooking classes with Valentina Mac-Auliffe. She is one of the most important chefs and influencers in Chile. The cooking class is an interactive experience where passengers cook their own food under Valentina’s guidance. In this incredible experience you will be able to prepare Chilean dishes, but more than that, you will have an interesting conversation with a local insider. The class lasts approximately 2.5 hours.

Modalities:

  • An interactive class where students prepare the dishes.
  • The chef prepares the dishes in front of the students.

 

Includes starter, main course, dessert, and drinks (soft drinks, juices, water, sparkling wine, red wine, beer). The menu will be decided closer to the date of the event.

 

Night at Hotel Ismael 312 in a park view room.

 

Day 7: Santiago – Santa Cruz.

Private tour to Colchagua Valley (9 hours): Private round trip transfer to Colchagua Valley (9 hours). The Colchagua Valley is one of the most important wine destinations in the world. Known for its beautiful vineyard-covered hills, hundred-year-old vines, charming colonial mansions and modern high-tech wineries that enhance the beauty of the landscape. The excellent climate, the use of the latest technology and the untiring creativity of its people have led to the outstanding development of its viticulture and winemaking industry, producing wines that are among the best in the world. The climatic and geographical characteristics of the area create a unique microclimate, ideal for the production of different varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, Malbec, Syrah, among others.

HD Local Equestrian Exhibition with country asado barbecue lunch: We invite you to learn about our traditions in a typical Chilean setting, where you can witness the care and training of our Criollo horses. In this experience, we will show you our system of connection between horse and rider. Once we arrive at the Fundo, we will have to take an inland road to reach the Media Luna.

We will have a country style lunch. This includes water, juices, local barbecue with salad, dessert, and wine.

After lunch, you will be invited to the Media Luna to enjoy an exhibition of farm horses and huasos dressed in the typical costume of the area. The Medialuna has an area with bleachers so that visitors can enjoy the show in a better way.

 

Night at the Hotel Santa Cruz in a standard room.

 

Day 8: Santa Cruz.

Private tour to Colchagua Valley (9 hours): Private round trip transfer to Colchagua Valley (9 hours). The Colchagua Valley is one of the most important wine destinations in the world. Known for its beautiful vineyard-covered hills, hundred-year-old vines, charming colonial mansions and modern high-tech wineries that enhance the beauty of the landscape. The excellent climate, the use of the latest technology and the untiring creativity of its people have led to the outstanding development of its viticulture and winemaking industry, producing wines that are among the best in the world. The climatic and geographical characteristics of the area create a unique microclimate, ideal for the production of different varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, Malbec, Syrah, among others.

Carriage ride – Viu Manent: Climb aboard a horse-drawn carriage for a great experience! Our bilingual guide will take guests on a carriage ride through the Viu Manent vineyards.

The tour includes:

  • Visit to the historic Malbec Hall
  • Visit to the varietal garden
  • Visit to the wine cellar with tasting of wines in progress
  • A visit to the wine shop and craft shop
  • And ends with a tasting of 5 wines from the Gran Reserva, Secreto and Premium lines at La Llavería.

 

HD Local Lunch at Cota’s House – Lolol: For lunch today we will visit a typical house in the middle of the Chilean countryside in the Colchagua Valley, surrounded by century-old trees and streams. La Cota, the owner, will be waiting for us with a typical Chilean lunch called Porotos Granados. We will have a pleasant conversation with her about her history and about this typical dish and its preparation. This is an experience not to be missed, offering the chance to taste a typical dish and enjoy the company of this local family.

 

Night at the Hotel Santa Cruz in a standard room.

 

Day 9: Santa Cruz – Santiago.

Goodbye, Chile or Central Valleys!

Private transfer from Santa Cruz to Santiago (2:30 – 3 Hours).

Drop Off at the Airport.

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