Drinking and driving in Santa Cruz, Chile

From Santiago we decided to head towards the famous wine growing region. The landscape is gentle and pastoral, lots of green fields and cottonwood trees. The small town of Santa Cruz boasts many famous wineries and we were excited to try them all. Unfortunately, we arrived a little late in the day (story of our trip) so we decided to camp and start drinking the next morning (story of our life). We stopped by a cute little wine store to get a bottle for the night and we also picked up some great local cheese. The owner of the store was very friendly and spoke a little English. We asked him where was a good place to camp and he offered us the land next to a small studio he rents out to tourists. The cabin goes for $100 a night but he said if we had a tent we could stay there for free. We had a porch, a fireplace and a gorgeous view of the vineyards and the hills and the soft golden light that characterizes most wine countries.

our host

From The Central Valley–Wine country south of Santiago, Chile

 

From The Central Valley–Wine country south of Santiago, Chile
From The Central Valley–Wine country south of Santiago, Chile

That morning we woke ready for wine, and headed off for the wineries our host recommended. It felt very romantic to be riding our fully loaded bikes through the vineyards. Very rarely I think about what other people think when they see us. This time I thought we must look pretty freaking cool. Unfortunately for us, the tastings were a little on the expensive side for our budget. We only did two tastings, and decided it was more cost effective to buy bottles.

From The Central Valley–Wine country south of Santiago, Chile
From The Central Valley–Wine country south of Santiago, Chile
From The Central Valley–Wine country south of Santiago, Chile
From The Central Valley–Wine country south of Santiago, Chile

ummm, undertones of cherry, dirt and cinnamon? totally man. though maybe you should give me a refill to make sure…

From The Central Valley–Wine country south of Santiago, Chile

viewing the world through rose tinted glasses

From The Central Valley–Wine country south of Santiago, Chile

post-tasting rest session

From The Central Valley–Wine country south of Santiago, Chile
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