New Tours to Chile’s Boutique Wineries

In collaboration with independent vintners association Movi, Chile's leading tour operator Upscape has launched a series of first-of-its-kind tours that open the doors to boutique, small-scale wineries in the country. Creating in-depth, soulful wine experiences with winemaker-led visits and private winery lunches, Upscape offers customised one-to-ten-day tours with lodging in local inns and haciendas.

Travellers are invited to explore the reinvigoration of Chile's centuries-old grape varieties, such as País, Grenache and Carignan, in the Maule Valley. Make a stop at the picturesque village Sauzal and meet Chilean winemaker Renán Cancino of El Viejo Almacen, or tour around Viña González Bastías, a winery that retains a sense of yesteryear both in its thick-walled construction and traditional winemaking techniques. Guests are offered a stay at the beautiful, antique Mingre Hacienda Hotel at Viña J. Bouchon, which opens its doors exclusively to Upscape guests.

Less than one hour drive from Santiago, travellers can also delve into the cooler Casablanca and Leyda Valleys, where Chile's whites and Pinot Noir are produced. A day rambling through enchanting backcountry roads includes visits to Viña Catrala - a boutique winery that offers wine tasting and a short hike through their forest - as well as Kingston Winery, an American-Chilean company producing award-winning Syrah and Pinot Noir. The tour finishes at Attilio & Mochi, a true "garage" winery located inside a collection of shipping containers, where bottles are hand-labelled.

While touring Chile's best-known wine region, Colchagua, guests can stop at Viña Polkura, where winemaker Sven Bruchfeld gained fame for his coastal, cold-weather Syrahs. In this tour, guests are offered a stay at the stylish NOI Blend hotel and are treated to a dinner of Chilean cuisine at Puralma.

In the Aconcagua Valley, known for its spectacular Andean mountain views, Viña Flaherty owner Ed Flaherty recently opened his re-modelled house-turned-winery, with a tasting room and private lunches, for Upscape guests. The tour continues to the Swiss-owned Viña Von Siebenthal, where guests can sample award-winning wine Toknar, made with 100 percent Petit Verdot. Back in Santiago, travellers are taken to Vinomio, a new wine store dedicated to introducing small-batch, independent and other hard-to-find Chilean wines.

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