Viña Errázuriz (Calle Antofagasta, Panquehue) – real wine lovers are the most likely travelers to take the 2 ½ hour car trip from downtown Santiago to this vineyard. Once you arrive there, though, it’s worth the effort. Located within Aconcagua Valley (one of the country’s major wine-producing areas), the ride to Viña Errázuriz traces the rolling Andean foothills, then passes a velvety patchwork of apple, avocado, fig, and peach plantations before reaching one of the country’s largest and most traditional wineries.
A two-hour tour of this century-old, 345-acre vineyard starts among the garden’s fountains and fragrant sweet peas, and climbs through the vineyards for an expansive view of the property. The finale: a wine tasting of Errázuriz’s selection of Sangioveses, Pinots, and Shirazes, accompanied by a selection of breads and cheeses.
This vineyard offers a variety of tours – ranging from $10,000 pesos (US$18)(which includes four wines from its Max Reserva line, two wines from its vineyards in Aconcagua Costa and two wines from the interior of the Aconcagua Valley) to $30,000 pesos (US$56) per person (which includes a tasting of 3 wines in its Icon Bodega tasting room; one Max Reserva wine, one Aconcagua Costa wine, and its Don Maximiano premium wine).
Viña Errázuriz is open to visitors from 10 am to 5:30 pm Tuesday to Sunday. Three tours a day are scheduled (10:30 am, 12 Noon, and 3:30 pm) – in English, Spanish & Portuguese. It is advisable to book in advance through its website: www.errazuriz.com