December 10th, 2008 – by: sojourner74
Today I bade a fond farewell to valparaiso. In retrospect I really loved the place and it was such a welcome change after all the heat and dust of san pedro de atacama. The people are friendly and the place is beautiful. And did I mention the great seafood! Anyways being our cheapo selves we decided to take a public bus to vina indominata. We'd checked out some sites on vineyard visits and they all ran into the better part of a hundred US dollars or involved us renting cars. So with your crappy spanish we headed to the bus station with our huge backpacks and found a public bus to casablanca township. From there we took another bus that dropped us along the main highway and from there it was a hot 1km hike into the vineyard. Casablanca valley is well known for it's white wines.
the hike to the vineyard
Supposedly because of it micro terrior which suits the white grape varieties. And Vina Indominata is well known around this parts for its Hollywood style lattering on a slope and the big white 'caste' like building sitting on a hill. The guy at the security gate must have been amused to see 2 chinese guys hiking up the hot, dusty road. We put on our best smiles bade him ola and proceeded to dump our packs at the guard house. The rest of the walk up the hill was a whole lot more pleasant without the packs.
We took the winery tour then headed for the tastings. The whites were spectacular. And it really helped us chill out after the long hike to the vineyard.
We also took lunch at the winery restaurant which had sweeping views down to the vineyards below. After lunch we were loath to think that we still had to hike back out to the road and flag down a public bus along a main highway.
Catching a bus was surprisingly easy and before we knew it we were back in santiago. We settled into your boutique hotel and spent the afternoon reading in the garden.
Dinner was another seafood affair and ended the night at cafe normande for crepe suzette and a cafe.