Territory of reds and whites

Old wine cellars and a few vineyards surrounded by residential neighborhoods remind visitors that Chile is a wine country.

Friday, July 24, 2009 Category: Food
Viña Concha y Toro Viña Concha y Toro (Photo:Turismo Chile)

Concha y Toro Vineyard

Founded by the mining businessman Francisco Subercaseaux, though the wine industry was developed many years later by his nephew Don Melchor Concha y Toro. A real visionary, he not only imported new grape varieties from Europe, but also the technology to begin producing stupendous wines. This entire past can be observed on the ground and, of course, you can visit the vineyard and the fantastic gardens and try some of its most famous wines, like the Casillero del Diablo. Avenida. Virginia Subercaseaux 210, Pirque. Phone. 2- 8530042.

Cousiño Macul Vineyard

The entrance to the lagoon of this vineyard is flanked by an iron gate featuring the figures of Adam and Eve. The message is clear: the entrance to Paradise. And why not, if the monumental park, which summarizes the good life of the Chilean aristocracy in the 19th century, transmits all of the serenity and splendor that is now cared for by eight full-time gardeners. Several centuries ago the place was a fertile Incan farm. In 1856 it was bought by Matías Cousiño, a wealthy coal entrepreneur, with the idea of building a monumental park, but it soon became a beautiful vineyard.

By then the French landscaper Gustave Renner had already created an impressive 24-hectare park in which one can still see a Lebanese cypress so wide that it takes nine people to surround it. There are also ginkgos, oaks, ceibas, sequoias, and magnolia glandiflora. While the most important thing is the wine, all tours of the vineyard consider tours of the gardens prior to visiting the main  wine cellar and trying wonders like the exclusive Cousiño Macul Almaviva Cabernet. Avenida. Quilín 7100. Phone. 2-3514100

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