Chilean Wine Country

Trip Start Nov 05, 2006
Trip End Jan 14, 2008

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Wine tasting and wine drinking may yet redeem Chile.  WeŽll see...

Chilean wine country is beautiful and the wines are decent.  The "wine tasting" experience is not quite up to the standards elsewhere.  For $25 per person, you can book a "wine tour" which comes with a driver and a few scheduled stops.  We did this thinking it would be a quick and dirty way to knock out a couple of vineyards as we made our way North. 

Things we learned:

Several stops does not mean several wineries, it includes visits to markets and tourist shops.  Seeing the winery does not mean you get to sample a selection of their wines.  For us, it was a case of one taste, two at best and then on our way.  It's too bad as one stop had some very good wine and we bought what we tasted so it stands to reason that if we'd been given others to try they might have sold more.  Sum total of wines tasted - 3 for the day. 

It was a beautiful drive and we got to see some of the more historic parts of the area, but as a wine outing, it was a bit wanting.  We visited the hilltop outside of the town which provided a spectacular view of Talca with the Andes in the background.  A giant Mary statue overlooks the town and locals leave "Mary offerings" with requests.  Mary is everywhere.

I hindsight I think the best way to try multiple wines is to organize your own tasting with the other guests at your hostel/guesthouse!
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