My boyfriend and I chose this wine tour because of its already excellent trip advisor ratings. We arrived in Santiago from a 2 week trip around Patagonia on a Friday evening and had about 24 hours to kill before our flight home. The trip driver and guide picked us up promptly at our hotel. We joined another young couple from the USA for our day long adventure around three Casablanca wineries.
The first winery (Quintay) was super educational, but the wine wasn't anything special. Recommendation: don't drink much (if any) of the wine there! There's plenty more to come!
The second winery (Bodegas RE) was absolutely fantastic! You really have to experience it to understand. We knew we could expect great things when our guide, Jorge, got giddy at the thought of joining us for the tasting. RE makes its wine in clay containers, not stainless steel, and uses grapes grown on vines up to 65 years old! The winemaker poured us generous tastings of one of their wines that isn't available for purchase by anyone (it's reserved for the owners!). We also got to try their liqueurs (careful with those!). We bought several bottles of wine to take home at about $32 usd each.
We had a multi-course lunch with wine pairings at the third winery and then a tour, with more tastings. By the time we were dropped off at the airport at the end of the day (around 6:30), we were happy and exhausted!
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