After a one hour horseback ride through the vineyard, you'll enjoy your tour of the wine cellar, and accompanied tasting, all the more.
History and progressive architecture collide at La Casona at Matetic Vineyards in Chile's San Antonio Valley. Here, a century-old guesthouse is your base for exploring not only the valley itself, but the stark Matetic Vineyard buildings, made even more striking by their untouched surroundings.
Just seven rooms, a restaurant, a modern pool cutting a vertical swath through the grounds, and a lounge make up this destination for lovers of wine and structure. Rooms stay true to their heritage with period furnishings, but offer touches of today with goose-feather beds, and a hip line of house bath products.
The cozy lounge is the ideal spot to kick back with a book and a drink, while the restaurant, Equilibro, prepares lamb, duck, seafood, and more in a manner so delectable, it's nearly criminal.
Hop on a bike, and peddle to (and through) the main attraction: the vineyard. The looming concrete, timber, and glass buildings were designed by architect Lawrence Odfjell to fit in with the surroundings, while juxtaposing them at the same time.
The winery produces many different varietals, all of which are governed by biodynamic principles, creating vivid flavor profiles found nowhere else in the world. Make sure to swirl, and spit. Or you'll be looped in no time.