😀 Entering the grounds of Concha Y Toro in Santiago, Chile. First you have to buy your ticket…Tickets for our tour…check!The Gates of Concha Y ToroSince 1883. That’s longevity.Check out the statue here it looks very foreboding. Welcome to Concha Y Toro Winery/Vineyards located in Santiago, Chile. This was my first ever visit to a winery and boy was I blown away. Can’t tell you how many bottles of wine I’ve had and never gave much thought about the places that actually produce them till now. The estate house here is amazing! You see this style of house in magazines or reality shows about the lifestyles of the mega wealthy or Forbes fortune 500 etc. I don’t even want to guess at the square footage here. The sun was out in full and we enjoyed a walking tour of the vineyard.There were rows upon rows of various types of grapes grown for the red and the white wines produced here. “Tasting the White Wine” At this juncture our tour guide tells us about the characteristics of the grapes and how to taste the wine to swirl the skirts around the glass and to notice the color of the wine in the direct sunlight. As a gift we were each given our very own Concha Y Toro wine glass The Concha Y Toro Courtyard showcasing outdoors some of their ($1000 a barrel) French wooden barrels used for aging the wine. We head inside the winery house for the next part of our tour. The history of the Casillero del Diablo and it’s proprietors deal with the Devil.The Founder of Concha Y Toro enshrined in this bust. The Legend has it that he sold his soul to the devil to establish this winery’s prosperity and keep it from being looted by thieves who had plagued his winery prior to the deal. They say that the owner died shortly after the deal was made and he never got to see the prosperity and success his winery came to enjoy. Inside this room we tasted two red wines. The first of the two was the better tasting in my opinion.In this room on the left side are the $1000 a barrel French Barrels. On the right side are the $400 American Barrels. Each is selected for the unique characteristics of the wood used in the barrels manufacturing and can only be used 3 to 4 times max. That’s pretty expensive when you think about the fact that the barrels are only good for 3 to 4 uses.Down these steps are the wine barrels of Casillero del Diablo Where you see the eye is the short movie showing the history of the Casillero del Diablo projected onto the walls at the ends of each side in the barrel room.I can’t say that I really felt it was all that eerie down in the Casillero but the kids who were brought along sure did think so once they turned out the lights.Another look at those $1000 French barrels.Making our way back up the stairs as the tour has ended.After our tour of the Casillero del Diablo we stopped into the Concha Y Toro Wine Shop to purchase some of the wines tasted as we as peruse others we hadn’t. That was Concha Y Toro.
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