The Central Valley Sights


Viña Santa Cruz

Viña Santa Cruz Review

Chilean businessman Carlos Cardoen not only owns the Santa Cruz Plaza Hotel but the winery of the same name as well. This relatively new project is dedicated to producing premium red wines in the Lolol sector of the Colchagua Valley. If you've seen the hotel, you already know that Cardoen does not do things halfway, and a visit to the winery will only confirm that observation. In addition to the things you would normally find at any winery (vineyards, stainless-steel tanks, oak barrels), this one also includes a cable car to make sure visitors get a bird's-eye view of the valley. On top of the hill is a replica "indigenous village" that represents three separate Chilean native cultures: Aymará, Mapuche, and Rapa Nui. There are also an astronomical center, a gastronomical center, and a wine and gift shop. This winery suffered significant damage during the February 2010 earthquake and, as of this writing, was closed until further notice. Please check to see if it has opened prior to your visit.

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