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Maipo Valley and Santa Rita Wine Tour by Bicycle with Tastings

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Chile, Chile
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5 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Cycle through the verdant vineyards of the Maipo Valley on a half-day bike and wine tasting tour from Santiago. Escape the crowds of the city for some revitalizing relaxation among stunning scenery on this enriching excursion; ride on unpaved paths while admiring the dramatic perimeter of the Andes mountains; gain insight into complex production processes at the Carmen winery; and pleasure your palate with the refined taste of four locally grown wines. Convenient round-trip hotel transportation is included in the tour.
  • Bike and wine tasting tour of Maipo Valley from Santiago
  • Explore vineyards and vistas of the Andes with an expert guide
  • Stop by Carmen winery and learn about carmenere, Chile’s trademark grape
  • Enjoy a wine tasting and panoramic views of Maipo Valley from a hilltop patio
  • Stroll the lush grounds of Santa Rita winery and sample three more types of wine
  • Bicycle, helmet, pickup and drop-off from centrally located Santiago hotels included
Depart from your Santiago hotel in an air-conditioned minivan and relax during the scenic 45-minute journey south of the city. Arrive at the stunning Santa Rita winery and listen to a short safety briefing before donning your helmet and setting off to cycle. 
Pedal through charming roads surrounded by fruitful orchards, sprawling vineyards and traditional farms, stopping intermittently for a brief rest and some historical insight into the area. Arrive at the beautiful Carmen vineyard to begin your enriching exploration of the well-established winery. 
Admire the deep-purple color of the distinctive carmenere grape as your guide offers a fascinating narration of the winery’s history; engross yourself in a captivating tale before venturing to Nativa, an enclave in which the production processes occur. Learn about the manufacturing methods of cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay before treating your senses to a tasting session upon a picturesque hilltop. 
Inhale the fragrant mountain air and absorb spectacular views of the valley before climbing back onto your bike for the final part of the bike ride. Ride over vivid red clay roads to Santa Rita winery, an establishment hailed as one of Chile’s oldest. Explore fermentations cellars and bottling plants; visit the legendary Dona Paula Restaurant to hear about how battle-weary soldiers sought refuge there; and stand before the significant colonial building of Bodega 1. 
Toast your tour by tasting three delicious wine varieties in the elegant bar. Enjoy some relaxed free time for the remainder of your tour, exploring the culturally vibrant grounds of the winery; discover more than 3,000 pre-Colombian artifacts in the onsite Andean Museum; stroll serenely through beautifully landscaped gardens; or browse the wine shop for special souvenirs. Return to Santiago in your comfortable vehicle at the tour’s conclusion.

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s_onah
, Mar 2018

Nice tour and would definitely recommend. The wine tasting host, Carlos (lol), was well informed and charismatic.

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Peter K
, Mar 2018

This was a fabulous tour! Our guide, Valentina was warm and friendly and gave us lots of useful information about Santiago and wine making in Chile. She took us on the bicycle ride through the vineyard which was enchanting. To get so close to the wine making process, to walk past stacks of barrels in the warm, moist air of the store was amazing. She stopped in shady places to explain the different parts of the vineyard as we rode through. Her English was excellent. Back at the centre, Victor's wine tasting taught me more about wine than many a presentation. Thank you! The drawback to the tour? I needed more time in the museum. To see the collection of gold artefacts alone is worth the trip and there are some wonderful textiles. But I've discovered I can buy wine from the Santa Rita winery from Majestic Wines, UK. Result!

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MichaelMurphy M
, Feb 2018

This was an amazing tour and a great way to spend valentines day. We had so much fun. The paths were clear and the biking was not overwhelming. The tour was really cool, we got to go through the vineyards and find out about the growing process, the bottling process and the aging process. We also got to sample some amazing wine, it was a great tour and I'm glad we did it!

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nrdailey2001
, Dec 2017

We signed up for the bike tour in anticipation that we would be able to experience more than the standard tour. Traveling to the winery we asked our guide Daniel if we could taste more premium wines He said yes, plus we would be able to see the museum and if we wanted to stop at the cafe. He LIED.

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Jennifer J
, Nov 2017

Picked up 15 min early from hotel and dropped off at tour bus depot which was extremely confusing. Once on our correct coach the rest of the day was great. Tour guides were terrific. Beautiful scenery and an easy bike ride. Bikes could use some attention though.

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Jaroslaw M
, Nov 2017

Brilliant tour , but they dont pick you up from all the hotels , I had to use a taxi to get to the pick up pint although my hotel was in the centre

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Sophie W
, Oct 2017

This tour was not very well organised - we had arranged to be picked up from our accommodation but on the morning of the tour, nobody showed up to collect us. We waited for over half an hour then rang the company, only to be told that somebody had come to collect us but we hadn't been there and there were photos to prove it, which was a very strange statement!. We had been there since before the agreed pick up time so this wasn't true. There was no apology, after a long discussion on the phone they said that they would send somebody else to collect us.
When we finally arrived at the vineyard, the coach picking up everybody else was late so we had half an hour to wait.

Moving onto the tour itself, we were told to just pick a bike and the tour guide sped off into the distance! It was difficult to keep up at times. Unfortunately one of our group fell off her bike, but the tour guide was so far ahead she hadn't noticed.
We received some information as we travelled around the vineyards in English and Spanish, was which quite interesting, and had a little bit of wine to taste on the way round.

When we got back to the centre at the end of the tour, half the group were still cycling and the other half were sat down inside wine tasting! Everything seemed very rushed. We had 15 minutes or so to taste three wines which were all very nice. Its just a shame that we didn't have longer to enjoy the experience.

Overall, I would recommend a trip to this vineyard as the views were spectacular and the wines were really nice. But I wouldn't recommend going through this company, its probably best to book with another or go there independently.

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Blair B
, Jun 2017

This was a great tour! Such a nice area and the biking was really fun. Had a great tour guide as well.

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Samantha R
, Jun 2017

This was my first ever wine tour and I absolutely loved it! The winery was about an hour long bus ride away from Santiago. On the bus ride there, our tour guide gave us history and information about Santiago and Chile. He spoke both Spanish and English and was very easy to understand and converse with. The bike tour itself was a lot of fun! The bikes were comfortable and the pace of the tour was very good. The terrain was dirt and gravel roads. The vineyard itself was absolutely beautiful. We rode our bikes to different parts of the vineyard to learn about the grapes and taste them. We also saw some llamas and alpacas on the property, and got to see where the wine is fermented and stored. We had one wine tasting while riding our bikes at a pavilion and then 3 more wine tastings back at the main Santa Rita building. We also learned some history about the Santa Rita property during the Chilean fight for independence story of the Santa Rita 120. After the wine tastings, we had time in the gift shop and then rode the bus back to Santiago. Overall it was a very enjoyable tour and the highlight of my weekend in Santiago.

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Lindsay M
, Feb 2017

A lot of fun and educational. Well done every step of the way.


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