Concha y Toro, Chilean winery

Journey through Chile. Winery “Concha y Toro” (Concha y Toro)

Who of us does not know about the famous Chilean wines? I think for sure, even those who have never tasted them. Thanks to its unique climate Chile has vast fertile land for.

Who among us doesn’t know about the famous Chilean wines? I think for sure, even those who have never tasted them. Thanks to its unique climate, Chile has vast fertile land for growing fruits and vegetables. Speaking of fruit. When entering Chile, or rather flying into the country, don’t try to bring even a little apple, because if the customs officers find it, you will have a lot of trouble.

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Although we did not face that, but we heard about detention of tourists in customs simply because someone had a fruit with him, which was confiscated and taken to destruction, writing acts accordingly. Poor little fruit… but the rules of food importation are extremely harsh because such a remote country, surrounded on one side by the ocean and on the other by a mountain range is completely unprepared to meet the flora and fauna diseases of another continent and even the nearest countries.

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But back to the winery… We went there not because of an endless love for wine or winemaking, but stupidly because before the flight to Atacama there was one more free day in Santiago and it was necessary to use it to explore the nearby surroundings. And all the guidebooks invited us to visit this particular winery, which we “bought”.

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“Concha and Thoreau” is the largest winery in Chile, founded in 1883 by the Spanish Marquis Melchor de Concha and Thoreau, who invited famous French wine experts to his winery.

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They brought with them the best varieties of grapes, grown in France, and as it turned out the climate of Chile is very similar to the Mediterranean, and the grape varieties brought there have successfully taken root.

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There is a beautiful park with fountains and roses on the territory of the winery. The famous French landscape designer Gustave Rennet laid out this park and built a house, which was then illustrated on the labels of “Santa Emiliana” wines. Tourists are allowed to wander among the vineyards specially planted near the entrance with grape varieties indicated.

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It was even possible to taste the remnants of grapes, although the crowds of tourists had eaten them thoroughly J Then we were shown the 19th century cellars with huge barrels, displayed in rows, although this is only a tiny part of the real cellars of the winery, where tourists are no longer allowed.

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There is an old legend connected with these cellars, when more than a century ago the winery Concho y Tora began to lose its products as thieves were interested in entering the cellars where the wine was stored. No obstacles helped and then the only effective way to fend them off the seductive beauty of the wine was to spread a rumor that the cellars of Concho y Tora are guarded by the Devil himself. Since then, this legend has stuck with the name of the splendid wine “Casillero del Diablo”, which translates as “Devil’s Cellar”.

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During the tour, they offer to taste several types of wine, white and red. My husband and I definitely liked the white wine best, the name of which, of course, I do not remember J

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Finally, we were given wine glasses with the logo of the winery, which we did not take with us on our journey is not over and gave to our driver and the interpreter. But as a memento of this place I still bought a heavy tray with the name of this place, which then carried all the way in the suitcase. But it was necessary to have something to remember!

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As an epilogue – the excursion wasn’t especially interesting, but if you won’t have anywhere to be, being in Santiago, it is possible to pass the time and to try many different sorts of wine and buy the favorite ones for a home collection…

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Pomegranate

Who among us does not know about the famous Chilean wines? I think that probably even those who have never tasted them. Due to its unique climate Chile has huge fertile lands for growing fruits and vegetables. Speaking of fruit. When entering, or rather flying into the territory of Chile, don’t think about bringing even a little apple, because if the customs officers find it, you will have all kinds of problems. Poor little fruit… but the rules of food importation are extremely harsh because such a remote country, surrounded on one side by the ocean and on the other by a mountain range is completely unprepared to meet the flora and fauna diseases of another continent and even the nearest countries.

PicMonkey Collage-2.jpg

But back to the winery… We went there not because of an endless love for wine or winemaking, but stupidly because before the flight to Atacama there was one more free day in Santiago and it was necessary to use it to explore the nearby surroundings. And all the guidebooks invited us to visit this particular winery, which we “bought”.

PicMonkey Collage-9.jpg

“Concha and Thoreau” is the largest winery in Chile, founded in 1883 by the Spanish Marquis Melchor de Concha and Thoreau, who invited famous French wine experts to his winery.

PicMonkey Collage-4.jpg

They brought with them the best varieties of grapes, grown in France, and as it turned out the climate of Chile is very similar to the Mediterranean, and the grape varieties brought there have successfully taken root.

PicMonkey Collage.jpg.

There is a beautiful park with fountains and roses on the territory of the winery. The famous French landscape designer Gustave Rennet laid out this park and built a house, which was then illustrated on the labels of “Santa Emiliana” wines. Tourists are allowed to wander among the vineyards specially planted near the entrance with grape varieties indicated.

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It was even possible to taste the remnants of grapes, although the crowds of tourists had eaten them thoroughly J Then we were shown the 19th century cellars with huge barrels, displayed in rows, although this is only a tiny part of the real cellars of the winery, where tourists are no longer allowed.

PicMonkey Collage-10.jpg

There is an old legend connected with these cellars, when more than a century ago the Concho y Tora winery began to lose its products, as thieves were on the lookout for wine in the cellars. No obstacles helped and then the only effective way to fend them off the seductive beauty of the wine was to spread a rumor that the cellars of Concho y Tora are guarded by the Devil himself. Since then, this legend has stuck with the name of the magnificent wine “Casillero del Diablo”, which translates as “Devil’s Cellar”.

PicMonkey Collage-7.jpg.

During the tour they offer to taste several varieties of wines, white and red. My husband and I definitely liked most of all the white wine, the name of which I do not remember,J

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Finally, we were given wine glasses with the logo of the winery, which we did not take with us on our journey is not over and gave to our driver and the interpreter. But as a memento of this place I still bought a heavy tray with the name of this place, which then carried all the way in the suitcase. But it was necessary to have something to remember!

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As an epilogue – the excursion was not especially interesting, but if you will have absolutely nowhere to be, being in Santiago, in this way it is possible to while away the time and also to taste many different kinds of wine and buy the favorite ones for a home collection…

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