Bike & Wine
Maipo Valley, Central Chile
In the morning we're picked up from our hotel and driven south to wine country. Once we arrive in the village of Alto Jahuel in the famous Maipo valley, we’ll eat a good breakfast to give us energy for the day. After breakfast, we’ll offload the bikes and start riding. As we ride we have the opportunity to observe local people living and working in agricultural Chile before we head into Viña Santa Rita. We’ll ride through Santa Rita’s extensive grounds and have the opportunity to taste wines from three wineries there: Santa Rita, Carmen and Nativa.
These wineries all vary in history and in the wine they produce. The first stop is at Viña Santa Rita, one of the oldest wine cellars in Chile, where we discover the vineyard's rich tradition in winemaking and find out about the important role it played during Chile's struggle for independence.
We get back on our bikes and continue through the grounds, riding past the very spot that the Carmenere grape of Bordeaux was rediscovered, long after it was thought to be extinct. The grape was reintroduced by Viña Carmen, which to this day still produces some of Chile’s finest wines. Upon reaching the winery, we take a tour through its state-of-the-art production facilities before moving on to our next stop.
The third winery is the 100% organic Viña Nativa. Here, we’ll learn all about the delicate relationship between grapevines and flowers and stroll through the picturesque gardens full of swans, ducks, chickens, deer and even llamas. In the shade of a marquee we try two of the best wines that Viña Carmen and Viña Nativa have to offer. We then ride to Viña Santa Rita’s shop where we try our third wine of the day and have time to browse and buy wine to take home.
Afterwards, we finish by driving to a countryside restaurant for lunch. Satisfied after great food, wine and the scenic bike ride, we return to our hotel in Santiago.