Hotel La Casona at the vineyards of Matetic, in Chile's Casablanca Valley, is a boutique hotel and winery in an estate less than an hour from Santiago Airport. It is the only winery in the Casablanca Valley with a high-end boutique hotel offering. The hotel, La Casona is a traditional 1900s L-shaped building with terracotta tiles and large gardens filled with flowers and birds.
There are 8 rooms at La Casona, with each one named after a different type of grape. The rooms are adorned with elegant and sophisticated decorations, and all have private bathrooms, king sized or two single beds, central heating and a private terrace.
The hotel sports an elongated swimming pool surrounded by green lawns and lush vegetation. There are multiple loungers and seating areas to simply relax and take in the serenity of the place, whilst enjoying a refreshing drink and snacks on offer. Alternatively, the interior is comfortably furnished with warmly coloured couches and armchairs, as well as welcoming decorations; perfect for a lazy afternoon lull.
The Restaurant Equilibrio is currently in the process of remodeling - the Emporio Restaurant temporarily takes its place from Tuesday to Sunday, as a more limited version of the main restaurant with a menu featuring the best of Restaurant Equilibrio. Meanwhile, on Mondays, the hotel is open and serving the Wine Bar menu, with sandwiches, salads and fine cheese and ham boards.
The Emporio de Viña Matetic is the hotel’s wine shop and wine bar where you can meet, enjoy and buy the different wines on offer at Matetic: Corralillo, EQ, Matetic and also the hotel’s new sparkling, Matetic Coastal Brut.
Wine is a central theme of the hotel; inviting you to try their new chocolate shots. Enjoy the Pinot Noir and Syrah Corralillo in chocolate cups, which you can later eat; a spectacular pairing in an entertaining format.
Wine tours are also available, offering varying tours to the wine cellar whilst viewing the organic vineyards and explaining the vinification process from start to finish. At the end of the tour, visitors are able to taste variations of the wines (depending on the tour) including tasting two premium wines from the Corralillo line, a Sauvignon Blanc and a Syrah, or tasting four ultra-premium wines from the EQ line; Sauvignon Blanc Coastal, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Family friendly, grape juice tasting is offered to children.
Activities at La Casona seek to connect the visitor with the natural environment of the Rosario Valley through contemplative circuits or activities that require more physical effort. The activities on offer include: hiking on the Path Las Palmas, on the Path of the Senses or simply across the prairies or soft hills observing the local flora and fauna. Horseback riding on Chilean horses is available, supported by a "campero" with groups of 5 to 6 guests on trails prepared for easy riding. Mountain biking allows one to travel through various ranges of the Rosario reserve, along paths with attractive viewpoints between native forests, introduced forests and vineyards.
For the whole family, from small children to seniors, a scenic excursion by van visits the cattle and agricultural fields, fields of blueberries, culminating in the old cellar Corralillo, all while enjoying the wonderful landscape of the Rosario Valley.
After an enchanting day touring the vineyard, relishing the wines, and relaxing in the tranquility of the Valle del Rosario, one may enjoy the wonderful hospitality of La Casona hotel, where personalized attention and the comfort of the facilities will make your stay a unique experience.
La Casona at Matetic Vineyards | Fundo Rosario S/N | Casablanca | Chile
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