Concha y Toro

I still don't like wine.  Sorry, Chile, land of wine (and empanadas).  Two wine tours and conversations with a sommelier still haven't changed my wanting a juice-box over a glass of wine, however I can appreciate all the hard work that goes into it.  I took a tour with my mom at Concha y Toro, a large winery (2nd in the country by production) located just outside Puente Alto.  My favorite part was seeing a sheep grazing on the lawn and visiting the old-school wine cellar four meters underground.  And bonus points for getting to the winery without using a taxi.

entry gate to the tourist vineyard

Concha y Toro is a large operation, with several buildings specifically for tours - a restaurant, gift shop, and the most sparkly bathrooms this side of the equator

vines draped over the courtyard trellis

the founder's house, used as a residence until 1994.  now it's used as offices and for official wine tastings with important customers // 17 july 2015

some sort of plant specimen in the ornamental garden

i like to think this statue is throwing a rock, involved in some sort of mischief

one of Concha y Toro's many vineyards that make up their 10,000+ hectare production

the devil's cellar, naturally climate controlled by being 4 meters underground, and humidity controlled by sprinkling water on the dirt paths

a semi-cheezy show explaining how the cellar became to be called haunted - it involved a projection on the rear cellar wall, mood lights and surround sound.  quite involved.

a peek into the high-tech modern cellar with humidity-controlling sprayers and airconditioning.  expensive french barrels are made with old oak wood (100 years old) and cheaper american barrels are made with oak only about 50-60 years old, hence the price difference.

the wine tasting, involving one screw-top bottle, one bottle of spicy wine, and a third one that apparently cost 60 USD per bottle.  juice box...