Drink in the history
You leave the capital city and head for the beautiful Maipo Valley. First stop is at the Santa Rita Winery, which was founded by Domingo Fernandez Concha, who introduced fine French grapes to the area. The cellar of this winery has been declared a National Monument, and the combination of traditional American and French oak wood barrels, with modern systems, give these wines a unique taste.
Then visit the Patronal House, which stands in a big park full of centenary trees. This tour includes lunch at the winery’s restaurant Dona Paula, which is also a National Monument. It was named after Paula Jaraquemada, a woman who sheltered General Bernardo O’Higgins and 120 of his men, during the Independence struggle. One of the winery’s most renowned wines honours this episode in Chile’s history.
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