For those with busy schedules but adventurous minds, a day trip to the Concha y Toro vineyard gives a chance to get away from the city for a few hours of exploration and relaxation. Hidden behind walls on the edge of Santiago, you will find a fairytale world of rolling grapevines rustling in the breeze, charming yellow summer mansions perched on a hill, aging wine cellars, and, most importantly, the taste of Chilean wines.
The vineyards of Concha y Toro
Though whimsical, Concha y Toro is certainly no stranger to tourism. You will most likely not be the only tour group spotted winding its way through the fields on your visit. The vineyard is in fact the largest producer of wine on the continent, exporting to more than 145 different countries. Nonetheless, a trip there will be full of both knowledge and flavor, and a more private experience can be had wandering the expansive grounds after the tour concludes.
The vineyard is undoubtedly beautiful in the summertime, but natural displays can be seen at all times of the year. Try a visit in the fall, where each grapevine turns a different shade of orange, yellow, green, or red according to its species. This rainbow of colors stretching on for kilometers is certainly a sight to see.
What you’ll do:
No trip to Concha y Toro would be complete without a taste of its fine wines. With any tour, you can rely on sampling flavors ranging from a fruity red to an oaky white. You’ll also learn the proper technique to assess the wine’s aroma, body, and finish, and leave feeling more like a wine connoisseur than you’ve ever been before.
Castillero de Diablo
Casillero del Diablo
This is not only one of Concha y Toro’s most important wine brands—it is also the cellar in which the wine is aged, and it is home to an old ghost tale. As one of the older cellars at the vineyard, legend has it that when it was once robbed, the thieves died of fright afterwards when they were haunted by the Devil himself, who lived in the cellar. Though this was only a rumor created by the winery's founder Don Melchor to keep out thieves, it isn’t so hard to believe when you’re surrounded by the eerie darkness and silence of the cellar.
Viña Concha y Toro
Av. Virginia Subercaseaux 210, Pirque, Región Metropolitana
(+562) 2476 5680 - 2476 5334 - 2476 5269
Hours of operation: Monday - Sunday, from 09:00 to 18:00
Metro: Las Mercedes