Noel and Melissa in the courtyard of the offices at Santa Carolina, the building used to be the winermakers┬┤accommodation
Had a really nice day today. We took the train (metro) out to the suburb of ├Ĺu├▒oa to the Santa Carolina Winery, one of the oldest in Chile dating from 1875. It is now in the middle of a major industrial area, so not such a charming location, but there are still some lovely old buildings there, a few of which are now National Monuments. The old winemakers┬┤ accommodation is centred around a courtyard, and is lovely and cool. But the storesheds and the cellar are also pretty impressive - no devils or wizards here to protect the wine, apparently, just some ghosts! We did the English tour at 12.30pm and it was just the two of us with the very helpful and friendly Marina. Tastings of two wines are included in the tour, but we also splurged and paid extra to taste a couple of their better wines, including the premium VSC.
The storerooms at Santa Carolina, now used for functions
Must say that for the price, the quality of the wine here is very good. The tour cost CP$7000, which is higher than most of the others, and you don┬┤t even get to keep your glass! But we did enjoy talking to Marina, and she gave us lots of useful information about the Colchagua Valley wine region, should we decide to go there for a day or two. There is a lady working in the winery who was actually born there, baptized there and her family have been workers at the vi├▒a since it first began, so a nice history to have. We bought two bottles to enjoy later on! You won┬┤t see any vines here, because the grapes are all brought in from other areas, this is essentially a processing plant only. On the way home, we sat in the Plaza de Armas for an hour to eat our lunch and watch the old men playing chess - very nice way to spend the afternoon. Watched Die Hard 2 in Spanish tonight, that Bruce Willis is so talented!!