Diego de Almagro Talca
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Stupid cash machines playing up again, saying there is a
problem with my card, though my company insists they haven’t blocked it again –
tried 2 machines then reduced the amount and the 3rd finally gave me
some – if they are running short, why don’t they just say so instead of blaming
Dropped into the main plaza to catch a parade of firemen ...
... why Mr. Balduzzi lived on site! The winery had been badly damaged by the 2010, losing hundreds of thousands of litres of wine and many of their buildings. It has however bounced back, and we tried (amongst others) the carmonere wine that the region is well known for and which isn't found in many regions throughout the world! After exploring the little town, we took a bus back to Talca, to then continue on to our next destination - Chillan!
... From harvesting the tomatoes in the midday sun, to building a conveyor belt from scrap materials, feeding llamas, a horse and donkey that lived on the farm and processing the tomatoes to be sun-dried, our workload was heavy and diverse. In the evenings, we cooked hearty meals for ourselves and the two owners and listened to the owners tales from his time growing up in Zimbabwe. We worked on the farm for just under two weeks and by the end of our time, had also built a website ...
... with other initiatives enables them to call it organic wine. Sort of like a LEED building only for wine. We are back at the B&B in time for a martini and a swim in the pool on what has turned out to be a perfect summer evening. Each of the 7 wineries visited thus far were quite distinct from one another, like snowflakes and women, no two are alike.
Friday; Today we traded our horse and cart for a diesel bus covering many acres of vine growth. Fully ...
... we'd walked all of the way to a really busy highway and thought it odd that Dimitri would let us walk his dog, without a lead, on the Chilean equivalent of a motorway. Oh, and the dog was proving useless as a guide, a point that was to be hammered home just a few hours later, on top of a ruddy mountain. R: This detour was around 5 kilometres long and cost us about an hour and a half - and we hadn't even started the signposted trek, which was 16K! Nevertheless, ...