Maipo Valley, Chile

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  • Maipo valley chosen as one of the top ten wine travel destinations for 2019

    The north American magazine Wine Enthusiast marked Santa Rita as one of the unmissable spots in the Valley, commenting on its wines, tastings, restaurant, museum, hotel and park.

    Santiago, February 2019. Wine Enthusiast, one of the most influential publications in the wine industry, recently released its top ten wine tourism destinations for 2019, including spots such as Temecula Valley in California, Lake Garda in Italy, Beaujolais in France, Tasmania in Australia and Maipo Valley in Chile.

    The article comments “the Maipo Valley ranks as one of Chile’s most picturesque spots. It’s also home to some of the country’s top wines. Cabernet Sauvignon is king here, with alluvial flows, a persistently sunny climate and cool evenings creating the ideal breeding ground for sumptuous red wines. There bottlings sit handsomely alongside the rich stews and grilled meats typical of the region.”

    Prominent Wines

    The magazine highlights that Maipo is red-wine territory, driven by gravel terraces, warm days and cool nights that provide the perfect combination for perfumed wines with silky tannins. Among the recommended wines is Casa Real Reserva Especial de Viña Santa Rita. It also suggests to visit Santa Rita for wine tastings and to know the Andean Museum.

    Where to dine

    Wine Enthusiast points out that dinning in Maipo is often a home-styles affair, with abundant Chilean classics served in rural countryside homes. “Santa Rita’s Doña Paula Restaurant is a stalwart of the local scene. The historical hacienda was a hideout for Chilean soldiers long before hungry tourists filled its halls”, it comments.

    Where to stay

    As for lodging, the publications says “The grand dame of Maipo Valley lodging is Hotel Casa Real, a regal 19th-century home on the grounds of Viña Santa Rita with 16 rooms. Its beautifully landscaped gardens beckon a morning stroll or early evening wine picnic”.

    For further information: https://www.winemag.com/top-10-wine-travel-destinations-2019/maipo-valley-chile/

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