Four Reasons to Cycle Chile’s Wine Countryby Jessie Beyer - Monday, August 20, 2018
World Famous Wine
Let’s start with the obvious – Chile’s got some great wine. One could call the Valle de Colchagua the Napa Valley of Chile. Cycle Chile’s Wine Country with ExperiencePlus! and you will come to understand and appreciate the rich flavor of Chile’s outstanding, new world wines such as the full-bodied and rare Carménère – a grape that survived an aphid-like insect “phylloxera” epidemic that destroyed most of the Carménère vineyards in Europe in the late 19th century. As you cycle through the vineyards of the Central Valley and along the stunning beaches of the scenic Pacific Coast, you will stop along the way to sample and learn about some of Chile’s finest wines straight from the vintner.
On our 8-day tour we spend the night in a beautifully restored and luxurious wine estate, Hotel Vina la Playa, in the now famous Curico/Colchagua Valley. The Vina la Playa produces a variety of quality wines which deserve our attention; we’ll also visit a small, organic producer that specializes in a blend of Cabernet and Carménère in the beautiful Apalta Valley. And finally, to properly round out our wine exploration, we’ll visit one of few 100% family run wineries in Colchagua, Casa Silva. Those who wisely opt to stick around for the full 11-day tour will finish with a tasting at Miguel Torres, perhaps the most well-known and largest winery in the Central Valley which makes for an interesting contrast to our other previous stops.
Be it natural or man-made, there are endless reasons to slow your pace and take in all the sites that Chile’s Wine Country Plus! the Pacific Coast has to offer. Begin your exploration with the colorful and metropolitan capital of Santiago de Chile and be sure to visit the covered market and San Cristóbal Hill, a major city landmark that offers tremendous views of the city. We’ll whisk you away from the city’s charms to begin your cycling and sampling adventure through the picturesque vineyards of the Central Valley. Continuing south to the beaches of the scenic Pacific Coast will take your breath away as you pedal along seemingly private beaches which beckon you to take a dip (with your toe as it is deceivingly chilly!). Lest we forget the cool and inviting pine forests which contrast perfectly with wine country and coastal landscapes.
Along the way we will stay in small villages that transport you to the heart of the old Chilean country. Beyond delicious food and wine you can also look forward to museums and the gorgeous architecture of historic colonial cities such as Santa Cruz, Lolol and the small fishing villages en route. During a rest day in Santa Cruz you’ll have the opportunity to explore the Colchagua Museum which features fossils and natural history exhibits with artifacts from human pre-history to contemporary times. See Mayan, Incan, and Aztec ceramics, and handicrafts as well as gold and silver jewelry collections outstanding in the continent. The weapons, letters, documents, and artwork of conquistadors and the Jesuits also is featured in the museum. A wide-ranging collection; this museum is one that will captivate your attention and as you have the privilege to witness thousands of treasures to better understand the complexity of the Americas.
Pack your cameras because you’ll be cycling quiet roads through a variety of landscapes. You’ll begin your bike tour with the Andes mountains as your backdrop while making your way toward Chile’s Central Valley peppered with sprawling vineyards and the beautiful coast if you extend your trip. Beyond the great cycling route, this 2.5 level tour is perfect opportunity to stay in riding shape outside of typical spring/summer season as Chile’s peak cycling season falls in Northern America’s Winter season.
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Oct 13-20, 2018
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