Viña Aquitania is a bit of France in Chile. Three of the four winemakers are French (the fourth is Chilean), the wines are aged in French oak barrels, and they began by planting traditional Bordeaux after acquiring the 43 acres of land in 1990. Now their variety includes vintages also grown in the Malleco Valley as well as the Maipo, but all remain very local (not to mention hand-labelled).
Tasting details: Open by appointment (which really just means call ahead a day or two) and for groups of 2 to 20, Viña Aquitania offers two set tasting menus: 3 wines of the Reserve label (Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz) for $14 per person or 3 wines of the Premium label (Pinot Noir, Lazuli Cabernet Sauvignon & Chardonnay) for $30 per person. All prices include the full winery tour and Viña Aquitania accepts Chilean Pesos, US Dollars or credit cards.
Our wine pick: Our expensive taste naturally veered towards the most expensive bottlethe $40 2004 Lazuli Cabernet Sauvignon, with its hints of blackcurrant and mocha. The 2008 Sol de Sol Chardonnay of the Malleco Valley wasn't so bad either ($34/bottle), and is in fact one of their wines with the most awards.
To arrange for a visit, call (56 2) 791 45 00 or send an e-mail with time and party size details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/Jaunted]