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Carretera San Antonio - Caliboro Km 5,8, San Javier 3668103 Chile
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norbafreund wrote a review Mar 2017
Sao Paulo, SP314 contributions110 helpful votes
The enthusiasm of the working people, Hans in special, is contagiating. We had a very pleasant tasting , typical lunch and learned a lot about historical winemaking . We even had a pleasant section of guitar and singing. The winery wants to reflect local conditions and all incentive is given to people of the region. Wine intends to be close to its "terroir". The price of the rewarded Torrontel was totally out of line with the market as we found out later
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Date of experience: March 2017
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ScoutOut wrote a review Dec 2016
Olympia Washington68 contributions65 helpful votes
A friend recommended Erasmo (aka “The Reserve of Caliboro”) and we learned more about it from MOVI the newly established organization of small wine producers in Chile (more info below). It made for a pleasant and very memorable afternoon, and we are very glad that we visited! This historic bodega (winery) and its diverse varietal organic vineyards are a bit off the beaten track, (about 3 hours South of Santiago and then 45 minutes to the West of Ruta 5 Sur), but the drive is easy and quite beautiful. It's also a convenient stop on a trip to or from the South of Chile. Erasmo's website has a map and turn by turn instructions which you'll want to print and take with you (click the button to view it in English). The property which has 230 hectares (568 acres) is the nucleus of one of the original great fundos of Chile which was over 54,000 acres! We especially liked seeing the enormous centerpiece vine of their grape arbor with its massive trunk that dates back 150 years to the time when the bodega was originally constructed. The property is now owned by Italian Count Francesco Marone Cinzano who splits his time between Chile and Tuscany where he is also a noted producer of the Col d'Orcia wines. Hopefully, we can someday visit this beautiful place in our travels as well. Because of its distance from Santiago, Erasmo receives relatively few visitors so the tours aren't as polished as say Concha y Toro, but unlike the large highly commercialized bodegas they're happy tailor your tour to whatever interests you the most. It helps to have a bit of Spanish if you want to understand the finer points, but you'll be well received no matter what language you speak. What Erasmo might lack in polish is more than compensated by its authenticity. The 150 acres of certified organically grown grapes are still hand picked and made into wines in small or even micro lots to bring out the highest potential of each. The unique soils of the property, coupled with organic dry cultivation results in rich full bodied wines which we think show exceptional character. We'd suggest making contact by telephone (in Spanish) or by email (English, Spanish or Italian) to tell them that you're coming. (We've found that generally our hosts at hotels or B&B's have been quite happy to make the arrangements for us by telephone.) It is possible to have lunch at the bodega if you wish. If you're lucky, you may even get to meet and dine with the Count as we did. We found him to be well informed on a wide variety of subjects and we had a very enjoyable conversation (in English!) that ranged through the history of the property, the cultivation of the vineyards, styles of wine and current events. Lunch was prepared mostly with ingredients grown on the property. It was very good - oso bucco, favas, fresh baked bread, a nice dessert with fresh strawberries and of course 4 different Erasmo wines; their signature Barrel Selection, unique (and delicious) Barbera Garnacha, a really good 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon from their wine library and an excellent Late Harvest Torontel for dessert. Spectacular! Finally, Erasmo is a founding member of MOVI. For those like us who may just be learning about the wines of Chile. We want to say that we are very much impressed with this budding new Chilean organization of small (and very small) producers of fine wines. Their mission is to showcase the truly exceptional quality of wines that Chile can produce and their website has links to all of their members. This resource has yielded to us discoveries of some great wines we might never have known about otherwise. Now, back to the wine touring.....
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Date of experience: November 2016
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Marceboom wrote a review Feb 2014
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom63 contributions45 helpful votes
This place is located on the north bank of a river, in the middle of the most traditional wine producing area in Chile, with a history that can be traced 500 years ago. Wonderful winery but the most impressive of the visit is the guide, manager of the small winery and self appointed wine maker, that adds character and passion to all the visit. He makes you laugh and think about the waves wine industry is so big in the rest of the world, desapearing into their own rhetoric, that they don't realize that wine started on a ground like Caliboro. Far from the big market and the big world. If you want some authentic experience in the development of the Chilean history in wines, take a trip to Caliboro. If you are just expecting the same industrial scale wineries you are going to find everywhere, don't bother to drive for a road of very little sings and very low directions to get the winery.
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Date of experience: April 2013
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DAVIDstevensCASTRO wrote a review Dec 2013
Gold Coast7 contributions1 helpful vote
Caliboro is special place in the dryfarming land of the Maule Region, only 45 minutes away from Talca city. I went in january, right in the middle of the hot & dry chilean summer. I had the chance to have a country lunch with the locals as well as walk the vineyards of the operation. We listen traditional music while enjoying tasty food, drinking Erasmo's wine and sharing colourful stories. If you are looking for a truly unique experience, I highly recommend to pay a visit to Erasmo cellar and Vineyard if you ever in the Maule region, it's a place that will stay with you and it will make you come back for more.
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Date of experience: January 2013
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Avalon-Wine wrote a review Dec 2013
Fougeres, France102 contributions63 helpful votes
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Maule is a good 3 hours from Santiago, but it would be worth the drive just to visit the Caliboro (Erasmo) estate. Having led wine tours to Chile for over 18 years, this region is still off the radar of most of my guests, and it's really fun to show people the amazing potential (and history) that Chile has in areas that are off the main tourist route. My latest visit I was hosting a group of 10 mangers of some of America's top private clubs, and they were all blown away by not only the hospitality and the geography, but of course the wine. We were hosted by co-owner Andres Solar and Cesar Opazo, General Manager of the Estate, who drove down the dusty trail to meet us before we even got to the estate. After a short hands-on introduction to the vines, we continued to the bodega and house where we were greeted with aperitifs and a whole lamb, sizzling in front of the fire. One of the best traditional lunches you could wish for, great tour of the cellar, wonderful hospitality and some of the best wines in Chile. Only thing lacking was Andres partner, Count Francesco Marone Cinzano, who was back at his other estate, Col d'Orcia in Montalcino, Italy. Next time hopefully we'll meet him also!
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Date of experience: October 2013
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