Getting to Santiago was bittersweet. On the one hand, it was sad to leave the moai not knowing when you’d be able to visit them again. On the other hand, there’s something comforting about being reconnected to the rest of the world and not feeling so remote.
After a day of roaming our very cute neighborhood in Santiago we were picked up early on our second day to head off on our Casablanca Valley wine tour.
The wine tour runs USD195 and is run by Uncorked Wine Tours. Casablanca Valley is about an hour outside of Santiago and you’ll hit 3 wineries and get a four course lunch (with wine pairings, naturally) plus pick up at your hotel for the fee. We had originally booked a Colchagua Valley Tour but the tour operators recommended we switch. It was a holiday weekend in Santiago and they expected some very bad traffic getting back from Colchagua (in the realm of 4 hours which post-drinking all day sounded like a bad idea).
Our first stop ended up being my favorite, Bodegas RE.
Bodegas RE was founded by the man who first started growing wine grapes in this valley. The tour takes you to rooms that show their balsamico experiments, fruit liquor fermentation, and, of course, wine production.
Bodegas RE has some larger production wines but also makes really small batches in these old school clay pots.
The second winery was Kingston Family Vineyards were we tasted a few award winning reds and were given the chance to taste the wine in its very early fermentation stage. Fun fact about Kingston: it’s owned (founded?) by a California couple.
After Kingston we headed to House – Casa del Vino which is a wine shop/restaurant/vineyard. This is where we enjoyed our four course meal outside on their patio. They are very accommodating so let them know if you have food allergies.
I was pacing myself pretty aggressively. I had that awful cold brewing and can’t hold my wine anyway so was asking for small pours after our first stop.
This tour is pricey but very nice. You’ll get introduced to plenty of wines (all but Kingston had a shop so you can bring goodies home too), the tour is small (our group had only 5 people), the tour bus was nice and clean, and you get a really lovely meal too.