La Casona at Matetic Vineyards Santiago
Straddling the Casablanca and San Antonio wine plantations, famous for their new sauvignon blancs, chardonnays and pinot noirs, Matetic is set just off the motorway linking Santiago and Valparaíso. It’s about one hour and 20 minutes in the prior and less than one hour in the latter, which makes it the ideal stop-off between them both. The house is quietly buffeted by coastal waters making the ideal conditions for white wine and also an extremely pleasant temperature for guests even at the height of the summer.
Style & personality
A standard Chilean vineyard in its absolute best, it’s not easy to feel that Matetic has just been in existence since the late Nineties. The boutique resort La Casona is a gorgeous yellow and terracotta tile single-storey building set around a flower-filled backyard and dwarfed by two towering palms. Manicured lawns, magnificent floral displays and a fairly lake encircle the home, geese walk past with their goslings and the calm pool area is the best place to while away the day after a wine-fuelled lunch. In addition to being a vineyard, this really is a working farm, with cows, chickens and cows in addition to alfalfa, blueberries, wheat and green beans. There are even alpacas, keep a look out for favorable Lucho who had been embraced as an orphan.
Service & amenities
La Casona emulates the impression of a country house hotel, with a expansive lounge area where you are able to enjoy an aperitif before dinner and a cosy dining area. Staff speak excellent English, which can be very helpful when they’re accompanying guests on horse riding and trekking trips.
The full-board cost includes a trip in addition to the wine tasting experience where you pay a visit to the unique wine cellar formed like a cone, find out about the natural and biodynamic procedure used in the vineyard and sample different wines in the superior EQ range. Back in the resort, the pool area has a fire pit and sun loungers, the gardens are best for an afternoon walk and there are lots of patio places where you could sit and revel in the peace and quiet.
The eight rooms at La Casona are all named after a grape selection and therefore are decorated in the traditional design, with high ceilings, wooden furnishings and images depicting rural landscapes and landscapes. The bathrooms are enormous tiled affairs together with his and hers sinks and a shower. There’s a tv in every area, but little else. If you’d prefer a coffee or tea, they’re laid out from the sofa along with a beverages.
Food & beverage
There are two restaurants in the vineyard; the most important one, Equilibrio, is fixed by the lake and functions more formal dishes, while El Emporio functions tapas-style dishes at a more relaxed setting — both may be appreciated on a day excursion in addition to by guests staying in La Casona. Throughout my live Equilibrio was undergoing refurbishment, and so I loved my three-course lunch at the dappled sunshine of this El Emporio terrace. The dishes are beautiful, with local ingredients as far as you can, from Matetic olive oil into ceviche working with the freshest fish in the shore and Rosario Valley Shrimp cooked in syrah wine followed by cheesecake utilizing local goats cheese and syrah ice cream.
An alarming selection of eyeglasses may also be wrapped up in your desk, so that you could pair each dish using a Matetic wine. Dinner and breakfast are served at the dining area at La Casona and therefore are a more straightforward affair however equally as yummy. At the morning anticipate cereal, fruit and eggs cooked to order, whilst dinner is just another three-course affair with a bottle of wine to accompany local meat and fish dishes and tasty desserts.
Value for cash
Full-board double rooms from $310 (#245) in low season (May 1 to September 15); and out of $410 (#324) in large (January 1 to April 30 and September 16 to December 31). Breakfast buffet included, in addition to a vineyard tour, welcome cocktail, dinner with half a bottle of wine, outside guided trip and four-course wine-paired lunch the next day. Free Wi-Fi. A full-board remain provides excellent value for the money.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
There are not any especially adapted rooms, however the resort has welcomed wheelchair users also includes a lift and different stair-free entry.
Kids are more than proficient at Matetic, using their very own particular activities, a children’s menu and just a juice tasting while the adults sample the regional vintages. Rooms may have a bed additional, three of those chambers are interconnected. With lots of outside space to research, it’s an perfect family area.
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