AT A GLANCE:
Position: No 26
Name of wine estate: Viña Santa Rita
Wine region: Maipo Valley
Standout points: Iconic Cabernet Sauvignon, a 40ha Renaissance-style landscaped park garden
Winemaker: Oscar Salas
Wine style: Focusing on deep, concentrated New World reds
A star Maipo attraction
An aristocratic Chilean winery and protected historic monument, Santa Rita is located in a breathtaking setting at the foot of the Andes Mountains in the Maipo Valley. Surrounded by vineyards and a 40ha Renaissance-style landscape garden, with historic cellars reputed to have been a refuge for Chilean General Bernardo O’Higgins and his men during the Battle of Rancagua in 1814, the estate has one of the world’s most appealing wine tourism offers.
One classy casa
For the top-to-tail Santa Rita experience, consider staying at Santa Rita’s Casa Real Hotel, a boutique 16-room hotel in neo-classical style surrounded by the beautiful park gardens and neo-Gothic chapel. From here, it’s a leisurely stroll to the estate’s Andean Museum, with its collection of pre-Columbian art and Easter Island carvings (entry is free) and the 19th-century cellars. Dine in style at the Doña Paula Restaurant overlooking the gardens, or for a more informal setting there is the Café La Panadería.
Oh yes, the wines…
If not rendered insensate by your palatial surroundings, why not sample some of the wines for which the estate is famous? Whether you’re a seasoned aficionado or curious novice, an extensive series of tours will enable you to discover Chile’s wine roots, learn about the winemaking process and absorb the heritage of the winery in Alto Jahuel.
Tailor your tour
Choose from a variety of tour options – all available in English. The Classic and Selection Tour offers a guided walk through the vineyards and garden plus an insight into the complete winemaking process; the Premium and Ultra Premium Tour includes a guided tour of the cellars, gardens, Roman baths and neo-Gothic chapel; the Carmenère Tour focuses on – you guessed it – Chile’s prized red variety; finally the Winemaker’s Experience gives you the chance to become a winemaker for a day.