Christine Mitchell – Bearsden Manager.
After a mad dash at Madrid Airport to catch our flight to Chile and dealing with missing luggage at Santiago airport, we eventually arrived in one piece at Casa Real, the hotel at Vina Santa Rita to be greeted with a nice cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Casa Real is an old colonial house built in 1880- which is pictured on all the Santa Rita labels, so we enjoyed having dinner in the luxurious dining room with its’ dark wood furniture, old candlesticks and paintings on the walls.
On day two, we had a tour round the winery, a tasting of all Santa Rita’s wines with the winemaker and an amble round the Museum on the grounds of the winery. The Museum is a collection of Chilean artefacts through the ages. After a full morning, we were escorted to the Restaurant Dona Paula, again at the Winery to be served with the biggest portion of Pork Belly that any of us had seen! Full marks’ goes to Thomas who managed to eat all of his and most of mine plus dessert!
It was then onto the Casablanca Valley where many of the large Vineyards are situated because of its cool climate. It’s where a lot of the fresh fruity white wines of Chile are made due to the prevailing winds of the Pacific as the valley itself, is close to the coast.
We had a fantastic experience and the people at Santa Rita were so generous to give up their time to entertain us. We appreciated being shown the country and as much as we all love wine, they treated us to a holiday rather than a business trip.