NileGuide Expert Says:
Close-in and accoladed wine tours with generous tastings and interesting history, including a tour of the Casillero del Diablo (Devil's cellar)
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NileGuide Expert tip:
Take the metro and a colectivo (shared taxi), taxi or bus to the vineyard to keep costs down and adventure up!
For wine-lovers who are looking for a quicker, more independent adventure than a long day of touring wineries, Concha y Toro is the perfect spot. It's easily to get to, features winding walks through the vineyards and cellars with knowlegeable, bilingual guides, and features some of Chile's most recognizeable and exported wines.
You're met at the imposing gate by a bilingual guide, who brings you through to where the Concha y Toro family once lived, and through the vineyards, following a discussion of an important discovery in the 90s, that what was thought to be an area where Merlot was thriving, was actually the Carmenere strain, which was lost in France due to a blight.
A discussion of terroir and a tour through some of Pirque's finest grape terraces follows, through to a visit through the wine bar and then the wine shop. Tours run daily from 10 AM to 7 PM, except for Chilean holidays, and should be booked in advance through a form available on the website. The tours cost 7,000 CLP (less than $15 US) for adults 18 and up. Accompanying children do not pay, but may not taste the wines.
Access is on Linea 4 of the metro to Plaza Puente Alto, and from there you can take a small blue bus called a "metrobus" (metro-booce), a colectivo (shared taxi) or a taxi to the vineyard.