Santa Rita Winery Bike And Wine Tour - Santiago

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Overview

Pedal your way through the vineyards of Maipo Valley on this 5-hour bike and wine tasting tour from Santiago. During the leisurely 6-mile (10-km) ride on unpaved paths, admire the backdrop of the Andes Mountains as you pass by orchards and farms. At Carmen winery, learn about Chile’s signature grape, and gain insight into Nativa's organic approach to winemaking. Then explore Santa Rita winery, an estate steeped in history. Four wine tastings and round-trip hotel transport are included.

Highlights

  • All necessary equipment included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Leave the teeming streets of Santiago for a bike ride in the winemaking region of Maipo Valley. After hotel pickup, travel with your guide for about 45 minutes south of the city. Upon arrival at Santa Rita winery, located in Alto Jahuel, listen as your guide takes you through a short safety briefing and provides you with a bicycle and helmet.

Hop on your bike and enjoy a leisurely cycle, pedaling along mostly flat, unpaved country roads that take you to orchards, farms and vineyards. Stop every now and then for a breather and a history lesson about the area.

At Carmen, founded in 1850, you'll learn how the winery pioneered in the cultivation of Chile's iconic carmenere grape. A red varietal originally from France, the grape vanished from European vineyards in the mid-19th century and reappeared among merlot vines in Maipo Valley a hundred years later. The deep purple grape with smooth tannins and natural fruity spiciness produces wine often described as the ‘Bordeaux of South America.’

Head over to Nativa, part of the Carmen winery, where you’ll learn about its production of cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay using certified organic grapes from Alto Maipo Valley.

Your bike ride nearly complete, enjoy your first wine tasting perched on a hilltop. As you sip your wine, breathe in fragrant mountain air and admire marvelous views of Maipo Valley and the rolling hills at the base of the Andes.

Ride along clay-baked paths back to Santa Rita for a tour of another one of Chile's oldest wineries. After you drop off your bike, enter fermentation cellars and the bottling plant; walk by the colonial-era Bodega 1 stone-and-mortar building; and stand in front of Doña Paula Restaurant to hear about an entertaining historical event that inspired its renowned 120 label. At the wine bar, enjoy three wine tastings, including carmenere, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay or syrah.

During your remaining time, visit the wine shop, stroll the landscaped grounds, or browse through an impressive private collection of more than 3,000 pre-Columbian artifacts inside Andean Museum. Arrive back in Santiago in the afternoon and perhaps pop open a bottle from Santa Rita that evening.

Inclusions for Santa Rita Winery Bike And Wine Tour

  • Bicycle and helmet
  • Winery tour
  • 3 wine tastings
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach

Exclusions for Santa Rita Winery Bike And Wine Tour

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Adult pricing applies to all travelers

Minimum age is 14 years

Minimum age to drink wine is 18 years

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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29 reviews by the users

  • This tour was not very well organised - we had arranged to be picked up from our accommodation but on the morning of the tour, nobody showed up to collect us. We waited for over half an hour then rang the company, only to be told that somebody had come to collect us but we hadn't been there and there were photos to prove it, which was a very strange statement!. We had been there since before the agreed pick up time so this wasn't true. There was no apology, after a long discussion on the phone they said that they would send somebody else to collect us.
    When we finally arrived at the vineyard, the coach picking up everybody else was late so we had half an hour to wait.

    Moving onto the tour itself, we were told to just pick a bike and the tour guide sped off into the distance! It was difficult to keep up at times. Unfortunately one of our group fell off her bike, but the tour guide was so far ahead she hadn't noticed.
    We received some information as we travelled around the vineyards in English and Spanish, was which quite interesting, and had a little bit of wine to taste on the way round.

    When we got back to the centre at the end of the tour, half the group were still cycling and the other half were sat down inside wine tasting! Everything seemed very rushed. We had 15 minutes or so to taste three wines which were all very nice. Its just a shame that we didn't have longer to enjoy the experience.

    Overall, I would recommend a trip to this vineyard as the views were spectacular and the wines were really nice. But I wouldn't recommend going through this company, its probably best to book with another or go there independently.

  • This was a great tour! Such a nice area and the biking was really fun. Had a great tour guide as well.

  • This was my first ever wine tour and I absolutely loved it! The winery was about an hour long bus ride away from Santiago. On the bus ride there, our tour guide gave us history and information about Santiago and Chile. He spoke both Spanish and English and was very easy to understand and converse with. The bike tour itself was a lot of fun! The bikes were comfortable and the pace of the tour was very good. The terrain was dirt and gravel roads. The vineyard itself was absolutely beautiful. We rode our bikes to different parts of the vineyard to learn about the grapes and taste them. We also saw some llamas and alpacas on the property, and got to see where the wine is fermented and stored. We had one wine tasting while riding our bikes at a pavilion and then 3 more wine tastings back at the main Santa Rita building. We also learned some history about the Santa Rita property during the Chilean fight for independence story of the Santa Rita 120. After the wine tastings, we had time in the gift shop and then rode the bus back to Santiago. Overall it was a very enjoyable tour and the highlight of my weekend in Santiago.

  • A lot of fun and educational. Well done every step of the way.

  • Better do the walking tour in Santa Rita, which is great, the tour guy in the bike tour couldn't care less about if the bike fits you or you feel safe he did not give us helmets or anything!!

  • Had two guids and I thought the point of that was so that one could do the English commentary, whilst the other the Spanish but it turned out only one guide did all of the commentary so am not sure as to why we had a second guide?? But that aside thorougly enjoyed the bike ride through the vineyards and the subsequent wine tasting. Great trip which I would definitely recommend.

  • We really enjoyed our experience on this tour. We were picked up at our apartment block and taken to the pick up point which was very easy and convenient. Out tour guide Eduardo was knowledgeable and friendly and his English was fantastic. Lovely bike ride and very interesting. Wine tasting at the end was also brilliant. The only criticism I have is that it would have been nice to have had a small tour around the Santa Rita buildings at the end. All in all a brilliant, well organised day. Thank you.

  • This tour definitely had the potential to be MUCH better. We were delayed getting to the winery because the second group of people had a late pick-up from their hotel we waited for a little over an hour. Once we hit the road, our tour guide made it a point to tell us that due to the delay we wouldn't have much time at the winery she quoted 10 mins to grab a bite at the restaurant/cafeteria and 5mins in the gift shop. I was a little annoyed then, but figured it would work itself out. I was also expecting to be compensated for our lost of time by at least having a relaxing/leisurely ride through a nice vineyard. Boy was I wrong! Once at the winery, our guide quickly grabbed 4 bikes told us to check them out and then she took off in front of us. We had no time to adjust our bikes appropriately and did not receive help from our tour guide. She told us we should not stop to take pictures and that she would not be talking while we rode our bikes because it was distracting. She was consistently far ahead of us and didn't even notice when I almost fell off my bike to avoid falling in a ditch. We had no idea when our first stop would be and because she was so far ahead of us our first mile was very uncomfortable. This was not a leisurely ride through a vineyard I was pedaling as if I were in a Soul Cycle class, but I suspect it had a lot to do with our tour guide. I would highly recommend booking a wine and bike tour directly through the Santa Rita Winery available in Maipo and avoid third party.

  • Great tour but cloudy day so less enjoyable when can't see the mountains

  • Great experience! Well organized. We were picked up at our hotel on time. Biking was great and tour guide was outstanding with a surprise in the middle of the tour! We saw two wineries, learned quite a bit, scenery was nice and final tasting was in a beautiful setting. For the price and ease, I would highly recommend this tour!

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