Chile Day 3 -- ChardonYAYYY!

We spent today in wine country - the Casablanca Valley which is located about an hour outside of Santiago.  We went to two very different vineyards.  One was more high tech, the other was a rare treat...Matetic is one of the few organic and bio-dynamic vineyards in the world.  So, what does that mean exactly? (p.s. we didn't know either) Everything that goes into the wine making process comes from the surrounding environment.  Geese, chickens and alpaca do the weeding, fertilization and insect removal.  And, all grapes are harvested by hand.  It's a painstaking process, but you can taste the results. Both vineyards and winemakers are equally passionate about what they do.  We were equally passionate about drinking the fruits of their labor.  Lunch was at a countryside restaurant called Los Hornitos de Curacavi (which literally means "the little ovens of Curacavi").  Everything is prepared in clay ovens and it was so filling that we ended up taking a lot of it back to our hotel with us for dinner.  Yep, traveling on a budget means eating leftovers for dinner (ok, and enjoying a great bottle of Pinot from Casas del Bosque).

Welcome to wine camp!

Welcome to wine camp!

Choose your bunk...

Choose your bunk...

Meet your camp counselor. This is Luis from Casas del Bosque.

Meet your camp counselor. This is Luis from Casas del Bosque.

Fellow campers. Not very good at making potholders or trivets.

Fellow campers. Not very good at making potholders or trivets.

Lunch time... and dinner time... 

Lunch time... and dinner time... 

One last view of The Andes from Santiago.  We leave in the morning for the coast and Puerto Montt!

One last view of The Andes from Santiago.  We leave in the morning for the coast and Puerto Montt!