A visit to a winery in Chile is not cheap and usually it’s with a tour, but today Tom and I ventured our alone into real wine country.
There are three of four wineries on each road, we missed the first turn and ended up on another. The first sign we saw led us to a private house on an estate where the farmers were drying plums for prunes. The son was very kind and ushered us out most civilly.
The correct turn led us to the impressive modern buildings of Estampa winery, with 400 hectares, 1200 acres of grapes. We were the only guests, so our tour was wonderful. The guide led us to the demonstration gardens where we tasted the grapes of several distinct wines. I never knew the grapes would taste so different. Of course, I liked the Malbec the best… and that was before I knew what they were!
Then we saw the process of wine making. No more casks, since the customers want fruity wines that are popular nowadays. It’s a complicated process that ends up with a delicious product.
I never enjoyed red wines before. Now, here, that’s all I drink. We had a tasting, a complicated procedure of sniffing, sniffing, tasting, swirling, warming, aerating the wine, then sipping again. Tom, who thinks he has no sense of taste, was able to distinguish among three different wines after one lesson. The whole afternoon was astounding, but we had to come back to the hostel for a rest.
Drinking wine knocks you right out on a super hot, sunny day.