A true taste of Chile
Taking a vineyard tour is a highlight of Santiago for most visitors and Concha y Toro is the premium vineyard in Chile. Concha y Toro is also one of our favourite wines. Emma is a sucker for Saviogn Blanc and I love a red Casillero del Diablo. The best wine tour in Santiago.
The best wine tour in Santiago
A tour of the home of Concha y Toro
The tour takes you around stunning grounds steeped with history, followed by a visit to the vineyard itself, where various grape varieties can be seen and sampled in season. Cool of by sampling some chilled white wines in your new complementary wine glass. This is followed by a tour of the wine cellars and of course more wine sampling (red wines this time). The best wine tour in Santiago.
We found the tour fascinating, informative and very enjoyable. After the tour, what better way to unwind than having wine and nibbles sitting in the rustic courtyard? The restaurant serves a variety of dishes to suit your palate and your appetite. Food starts at around 5,000CLP (£5.00 or $7.50) for a cheese board complete with breads, nuts and crackers. The best wine tour in Santiago
If you want to sample some of the grapes on the tour visit between February - May
What is the best way to do a vineyard tour in Santiago?
If you have a romantic notion of cycling through a vineyard; many hostels can arrange tours that include bike rental. The cheapest wine tours that we could find through hostels were 25,000CLP (£25 or $38). Many tours are significantly more expensive and generally do not include a visit to Concha y Torro. It is worth asking what is included in the cost of the tour and shopping around a little.
If you want to visit the best vineyard in the region, relax in the beautiful gardens, sample a range of wines, immerse yourself in the history and science of wine production then Concha y Toro is the place for you. The great news is, if you do an independent tour it will only cost 12,000CLP (£12 or $18) plus transport costs.
In my view- for price, experience and sheer decadence an independent tour of Concha y Toro is a clear winner.
How do you get to the Concha y Toro vineyard?
From Santiago city centre:
Take a subway to Plaza de Puente Alto (the stop to the far south of line 4).
Take a taxi from outside the subway station or walk approximately 1.5miles south down Concha y Toro road. The road goes down a hill, crosses a river and then winds back up the hill round the vineyard. After a petrol station you will come to a T-junction and a set of traffic lights. Turn right and the entrance to Concha y Toro is on your right.
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