Wine & Food Experience in South America: Chile ROBERTSON WINE TOURS for Mr. & Mrs. Colan  Wednesday, 30th November 2016 - Friday, 2nd December 2016



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Dear Mr. & Mrs. Conlan,

Please find below the immersion into wine we have designed for you. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.

We have pulled out all the stops to give you the most rigorous wine experience prior to your trip to Patagonia. We have understood very carefully you are looking for a deeper experience. Although there are only three days to play with, you are going to taste some very important wines and understand the whole of Chile wine wise. While we noted you were not wanting to spend a great deal of money on the hotel, we also think you are going to appreciate Casa Higueras. Valparaiso works very well for our wine adventures and here we think you need views and a certain level of service. Yes, days out will be packed, but you wanted to hit the road running and that is what we have done.

We have been extremely discerning on the wines, wineries and tastings. We listened to what you said about the level of wines and this is evident throughout the tour. With this tour and Gonzalo literally breathing the wine industry of Chile, you will come away with a 360 degree panorama.

After fourteen years of visiting Chile, we really now say that we understand why this country is literally a heaven for winemakers, boasting such a diverse range of terroirs due to the incredible length of the country (4,300 kms). We have concentrated on some small and niche wineries, as well as the massively important. You will visit Maipo Valley, the origins of the mythical world beating cabs. In San Antonio & Rosario, you will sample the best of cooler climate white/reds. We also have a super evening cooking experience in Valparaiso, while presenting some epic wines of Chile. No company does wine and food experiences like us. Chile is no exception.

We would also like to present these three wines, if you think you can squeeze any more in. Thes are extremely interesting and iconic wines. The cost of opening these is noted under pricing.

Concha y Toro Gravas del Maipo Syrah Casa Silva Microterroir Carmenere Von Siebenthal Montelig

Thank you for being patient for us to get this presented to you. We  wanted to create something that will tick all your boxes from what I understood from our phone conversation.

Thanks.



Wine

Chile, being a winemaker's paradise, has attracted young winemaking talents from all over the world, none more so than the sons and daughters of wineries' owners from France. A new reality of natural and terroir driven wines have also exploded. It is no longer necessary to visit just Napa-eqsue experiences in cathedrals to wine, which, however technically correct, are just more of the same over-extracted and barrelled new world wines. In Chile, the great varieties from France predominate: Cabernet Sauvignon followed by Merlot, Carmenere, Malbec, Pinot Noir & Syrah. There are unquestionably unique wines coming from all parts of Chile that are not just new world copies. Did you know Chile thankfully never succumbed to phylloxera and there was no forced uprooting of 100 years old vines (European Market in the 80's)? This makes for some outstanding old vineyard treasures, particularly the ones with Carmenere. Click here for more information on the wines of Chile.

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Valparaiso – Casa Higueras

The hills of Valparaiso have enjoyed a boom of boutique hotels in the last decade, but Casa Higueras is a cut above the rest. Casa Higueras exemplifies a new standard. The two million dollars restoration tucked twenty spacious rooms (many with ocean-view terraces) into a former mansion’s elegant craftsman-style interior with five stars flair. Dark wooden floors and corridors create a very calm interior and the views across the bay and back up the hill are spectacular. Expect mod cons (keyless entry and noise-reducing windows) and plenty of pampering. A stunning terraced garden cascades to an infinity pool. Casa Higueras is the perfect choice in Valparaiso.

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Tour Guiding & Outline – Chile – 3 Days Full Immersion


GUIDING


Chile: GONZALO


Gonzalo has an international business degree and has been related to the wine industry for more than seven years now. He has also taken some wine courses (WSET 1 & 2, Sommelier School Level 2). After becoming a sommelier, he got a contract working on-board of the Seabourn Sojourn as a sommelier where he had the chance to learn more about international grape varietals and sharing experiences with wine lovers. Ten years ago, he went to travel as a backpacker to Australia & New Zealand, where he always tried to find jobs related to the wine industry (cellar hand, seasonal vineyard worker). He also took an exchange program in the States for two winter seasons to learn and improve his language skills in English. In Chile, he worked as a tour guide for three years at Clos Apalta/Lapostolle Winery and now he works as freelance tour guide among other personal projects. Currently, he studies winemaking at the University of Talca in Santa Cruz besides French as a hobby. Wine is his passion and he loves sharing this with people from all over the world. Now the Chilean wines are not boring anymore, there is so many interesting musts to taste and to experience that he feels part of it and ready to share it with you.


TOUR OUTLINE


DAY 01: Arrival IN / SCL Airport / Sightseeing Maipo & Santiago de Chile: Wine & Food Experience / Valparaiso / Casa Higueras
DAY 02: Sightseeing Casablanca Valley: Wine & Culinary Experience
DAY 03: Sightseeing Rosario/San Antonio Valley: Wine & Food Experience / Santiago de Chile / Ritz Carlton


BREAKFAST, LUNCHES & DINNERS


In this itinerary, we make it clear where meals are included:

(B) Breakfast
(L) Lunch
(D) Dinner


Tour Day by Day – Chile – 3 Days Full Immersion


DAY 01 – Wednesday, 30th November 2016
Arrival IN / SCL Airport / Sightseeing Maipo & Santiago de Chile: Wine & Food Experience / Valparaiso / Casa Higueras


Flight IN at Santiago de Chile Airport (SCL)

Reception & Departure from Santiago de Chile Airport with Gonzalo

Private Transfer to Maipo Valley

Visit & Wine Tasting at Antiyal Winery

Private Transfer to Santiago de Chile

Lunch with Wines at Bocanariz Wine Bar & Restaurant

Private Transfer to Maipo Valley

Visit & Wine Tasting at De Martino Valley
Please Note:
Including Additional Single Vineyards Wine Tasting.

Private Transfer to Valparaiso

Arrival & Check IN at Casa Higueras

Optional (Not Included) Private Ultra Premium – Icon Wine Tasting at Casa Higueras with Gonzalo

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at La Concepcion Restaurant in Valparaiso
Note: At Walking Distance

Sleep at Casa Higueras Hotel / Room Category: Traditional


(L)


DAY 02 – Thursday, 01st December 2016
Sightseeing Casablanca Valley: Wine & Culinary Experience


Departure from Casa Higueras with Gonzalo

Private Transfer to Casablanca Valley

Visit & Wine Tasting at Attilio & Mocci Winery (with the Winemaker)

Visit & Wine Tasting at La Recova Winery (with the Winemaker)
Please Note:
Including Additional Tasting of Montsecano Pinot Noir, Villalobos Carignan & Alchemy Carmenere (MOVI Members).

Lunch with Wines at La Recova Winery

Visit & Wine Tasting at Catrala Winery (with the Winemaker)

Private Transfer to Valparaiso

Arrival at Casa Higueras

Departure from Casa Higueras with Gonzalo

Cooking Experience & Wine Tasting at Chilean Cuisine Cooking School

Dinner with Wines Based On Your Creations at Chilean Cuisine Cooking School

Arrival at Casas Higueras

Sleep at Casa Higueras Hotel / Room Category: Traditional


(B) (L) (D)


DAY 03 – Friday, 2nd December 2016
Sightseeing Rosario/San Antonio Valley: Wine & Food Experience / Santiago de Chile / Ritz Carlton


Check OUT & Departure from Casa Higueras with Gonzalo

Private Transfer to Rosario/San Antonio Valley

Visit & Wine Tasting at Tinta Tinto Garage Winery (with the Winemaker)

Visit & Wine Tasting at Casa Marin Winery

Lunch with Wines at Casa Marin Winery

Visit & Wine Tasting at Matetic Winery

Private Transfer to Santiago de Chile

Arrival & Check IN at Ritz Carlton


(B) (L)


END of SERVICES



FINAL PRICES


Final Price PER PERSON: 2,080 USD

Supplement PER PERSON for Optional Wine Tasting on DAY 01: 150 USD


ITINERARY INCLUSIONS


Airport Transfer IN & Transfer to Ritz Carlton
2 Nights of Accommodation in Casa Higueras in Traditional Room
Private Transport with Driver & Air Conditioning
Expert Bilingual Guiding with our Chilean Wine Expert
Daily Breakfast
3 Lunches & 1 Dinner with Wines
Entrance Fee & Premium Wine Tasting at 8 Wineries
2 Additional Wine Tastings
1 Cooking Experience (including Wine Tasting)
Other Activities Included in the Itinerary


ITINERARY EXCLUSIONS


Optional Wine Tasting on DAY 01
International & Domestic Flights
Lunches & Dinners Not Included in the Itinerary
Gratuities for Restaurants
Gratuities for Drivers & Guides
Personal Expenses & Others Costs Not Included in the Itinerary
Activities Not Included in the Itinerary


Thursday, 29th September 2016
Tim Robertson
Owner/Director of Robertson Wine Tours

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