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Wine production in Chile began in Colonial times.  In 1549  the conquistador Francisco de Aguirre, founder of the city of La Serena, planted the first Vineyard in the semi arid valleys of the Coquimbo Region making a vital contribution to the history of Chilean wine making.  The first crop was harvested two years later, a pioneering effort in Chile's culture of wineries, the perfect acclimation of the stock imported from Spain produced outstanding  results. The Mediterranean style climate of the Limari Valley is excellent for the growth and production  of grapes  because of the long periods of sunshine and elevated temperatures. .












The low rainfall, average 130 mm per year is compensated by an integrated  irrigation system of three interconnected dams and canals, the Paloma, Recoleta and Cogotí. The excellent climatic conditions, fertile soil and good irrigation allow vigorous development  of grapevines producing perfect vintages year after year.  The most important varieties of grapes within the Region  for wine production are Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot











The  Tamaya Vineyard, the second  Vineyard of the north of Chile.

At the Vineyard you will taste wines of its own production. This vineyard is well known for its unique coupages, blends of Wine stocks as Viognier, Sangiovese and Carmenere.

  Simultaneously, you will observe the vines and the natural surrounding  with its flowers, diverse agriculture, small crops and fruit. Also a lot of varieties of grapes used to make The pisco.











The main varieties of grapes used for pisco production are Muscatel Rose, Alexandria Muscatel and Austrian Muscatel. The process includes fermentation, distillation and a rest period in fine woods which  slowly impart their special essence to the liquor. Visiting the plants which produce pisco gives an insight into the processes involved and also an opportunity for tasting.  This can be either at the plants in La Serena, Vicuna or Pisco Elqui.  Pisco is one of the national Chilean drinks and has been described as "a million years of sunshine in a single drop".     





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