Wine Tasting in Chile: San Antonio Valley – Part Two

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Continued from 
Wine Tasting in Chile: San Antonio Valley – Part One

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The second (and last) stop of my day tour of Chile’s San Antonio wine valley with Santiago Adventures was one of my favorite experiences in Chile:

A small gem of an independent winery named Casa Marín

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Wine Tasting in Chile: San Antonio Valley – Part One

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The San Antonio wine valley glimpsed from on high at Matetic Vineyards

Toward the central-west of Chile, set just about halfway between coastal Valparaíso and landlocked Santiago, the emerging San Antonio Valley makes a relaxing, delicious wine tasting side trip from either city.

You could certainly take yourselves around this well-marked wine area, but I’d recommend leaving the driving, the tasting appointments, behind-the-scenes winery tours, and food arrangements to Chilean tour company Santiago Adventures

They’re extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and perhaps most importantly, will enable you to drink as much hard-to-find-anywhere-else wine as you’d like…without having to simultaneously navigate the Southern Hemisphere. 

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Coming Attractions

The year’s soon coming to a close, and I find myself with way more freelance travel writing work than time for creating blog posts. Happily, my present work is fun, but I’ve been feeling itchy for these electronic pages…and I want to assure you that I’m still here!

Here’s what’s coming soon to Travels With Two:

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Palacio Astoreca Hotel: A Palace in Valparaiso, Chile

One small, ornate corner of Valparaiso’s Palacio Astoreca Hotel

The sprawling city of Valparaíso, Chile is undergoing a large-scale renaissance, from its coastal flatlands to its 43 some-odd hilltops. Preservation efforts are peeling back layers of Valpo’s faded vintage glory and giving it a sharper, more artistic focus.

The splendid, 23-room Palacio Astoreca Hotel makes the ideal poster child for these efforts, while also serving as an emblem of Valparaíso’s elegant, cosmopolitan prime. It’s like a big red symbol of local pride overlooking the Pacific Ocean. 

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Valparaiso, Chile: The Technicolor City

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Valparaiso, Chile’s Cerro Allegre as seen from the Palacio Astoreca

Ninety minutes northwest of the Santiago Airport and right on the Pacific Ocean, Valparaíso, Chile sprawls up and over 43 hills in a South American version of San Francisco. The entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, slowly being rescued from a moldering state of elegant decay, its buildings painted like a cross between an outdoor art museum and a basket of Easter eggs.

Requiring sturdy walking shoes and a willingness to keep your eyes open to detail and design, an exploration of the winding streets, funiculars, harbor, seafood and architecture here was one of my all-time favorite urban adventures

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