Chilean Wine Country
Trip Start Nov 05, 2006
182Trip End Jan 14, 2008
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Chilean wine country is beautiful and the wines are decent. The "wine tasting" experience is not quite up to the standards elsewhere. For $25 per person, you can book a "wine tour" which comes with a driver and a few scheduled stops. We did this thinking it would be a quick and dirty way to knock out a couple of vineyards as we made our way North.
Things we learned:
Several stops does not mean several wineries, it includes visits to markets and tourist shops. Seeing the winery does not mean you get to sample a selection of their wines. For us, it was a case of one taste, two at best and then on our way
It was a beautiful drive and we got to see some of the more historic parts of the area, but as a wine outing, it was a bit wanting. We visited the hilltop outside of the town which provided a spectacular view of Talca with the Andes in the background. A giant Mary statue overlooks the town and locals leave "Mary offerings" with requests. Mary is everywhere.
I hindsight I think the best way to try multiple wines is to organize your own tasting with the other guests at your hostel/guesthouse!