Blog: Chile with Concha y Toro - Day III
Olly Wehring | 22 January 2015
A very early start today, with Carla Errazuriz from Concha y Toro's fine wine division picking me up from our Santiago hotel at 0700. Carla had been charged with taking me for a run up (the startlingly-steep) Cerro San Cristobal in the city. And, with the mother of 18-month-old twins taking no prisoners, I got to the top of the hill in just under 30 minutes. I made up for my lack of conversation on the way up by spouting forth on the way back down. Thanks to Carla for starting day three with a glow and a chest pain.
We headed to Vina Maipo in the morning and got a tour of the vineyard followed by a tasting of the unit's range, from entry point to premium offerings. This was a very useful session, with many of the gaps in my knowledge of Chile's wine industry being filled. I'll be getting together some facts on the matter tomorrow, so brace yourselves. After the tasting, we luncheoned at Maipo's recently-built homestead, with the sun making an overdue, but most welcome, appearance.
With the heat (finally) rising, we headed to Cono Sur, Concha y Toro's organic, bicycle-themed division, which is headed up by Adolfo Hurtado Cerda, After we checked in to the homestead, Hurtado took us on a bike ride (the unit, which produces the Bicicleta range, is a sponsor of the Tour de France, for goodness sake) around the vineyard to see Cono Sur's organic approach first-hand.
The highlight? Why, climbing about on a massive bicycle, obviously.
Tomorrow: Science. We'll be checking out CyT's recently-announced research & innovation facility. But, not before I've gone for a run around Cono Sur's vineyards.
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