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Santiago & Wine Tours

My husband and I will be in Santiago for three days as part of our three week Chile/Argentina honeymoon. We are looking for the best way to spend one day on a Winery Tour on either the Saturday or Sunday (if anything is open on the Sunday?). We've been given a few very expensive options, and would love any suggestions on how to pack in the most experience for the best value. Can anyone suggest a good tour company? I've already booked a city tour through www.viator.com which seemed to be the best value for US$26 per person, but their winery tours are only Mon-Fri. I also read about the train tour, which doesn't seem like it covers enough ground. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Santiago & Wine Tours

The train tour is a good option. The wineries are grouped by valley so it is not really possible to cover more than one are in a day.

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2. Re: Santiago & Wine Tours

I wrote a reply recommending the train tour some time ago (tripadvisor.com/…2015549).

Ive heard excellent remarks about this program, which visits the Colchagua Valley. It's a full day tour that operates on Saturdays.

You can check out their website www.trendelvino.com

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I would not bother with a trip to Concha y Toro if I were you. I went there last week and was disappointed at how commercialised it was, with a very basic and uninformative tour. Further, they only let you taste two wines and then the tour ends in the shop, where they expect you to invest substantial sums of money in buying wines which they don't even let you taste. The visit is definitely aimed at the tourist rather than the wine lover.

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Thank you for your advice Hibernia.

Do you have any other recommendations?

I think we're on the same page.

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You can tour the Santa Rita Winery on a Saturday or Sunday, and eat at their restaurant (which I've heard is excellent). Their tours are 45 minutes long, and are usually Tuesday thru Friday; however, you can have a tour on Saturday or Sunday IF you eat at their restaurant. Their restaurant is open Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 3:30pm. Their tours on Saturday and Sunday are at 12pm and 3:30pm. You can check out their website at:

www.santarita.cl

Hope this helps.

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6. Re: Santiago & Wine Tours

By far the most traditional winery and widely known by travellers is Concha y Toro.

They open mon to saturday but you must book at least 1 day in advance. It costs 6 dollars and includes 3 wine tasting plus you can keep the glass cup.

It is easily accesible by connection of line 5, up to last station Bellavista and then bus 80 or 84 to the little town of Pirque...it drops you in the front gate. Calculate 1 and half hour from Baquedano metro station.

Vina Santa Rita has a requirement which is that you have to have lunch there with minimum , almost 30 dollars, expense in the restaurant. The winery is nice and has a main old colonial house. It has a recently inaugurated museum about Chile history...not wine history. You get from Estacion Central train station and get off at Buin station....then take a taxi to Santa Rita.

Tours in general are costly,,,very much

Regards

Joe

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7. Re: Santiago & Wine Tours

Since I am not a wine expert I can't comment on the Concha y Toro tour on that level. However, to not discourage others who are reading this thread to not go there, I want to say that the grounds are gorgeous with the Andes Mountains in the background. I have been to two other wine areas and did a tour on the way to Valparaiso. Concha y Toro should be seen for its beauty.

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Reina, did you use an agency for your wine tour on the way to Valparaiso, or were you 'self-guided'?

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9. Re: Santiago & Wine Tours

We had hired a guide to drive us for a day trip to Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. He suggested the wine tour. We pulled into the winery which located on the main highway. I'm sorry I don't remember the name of the place. I do remember it was on the right side as we were headed to Valparaiso. We didn't have an advance reservation.

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10. Re: Santiago & Wine Tours

...on the way to valparaiso you can visit veramonte winery and morande wine house and restaurant,,not a true winery..but great food .....on the other side of highway you have vina mar ..........these 4 are more appealing if you come specifically on a wine tour and have specific interests,,,regards

jose