Vinícola Miguel Torres
Just a few kilometers south of Curicó, Vinícola Miguel Torres is a Spanish vintner that began buying properties in Chile in the late 1970s. With wines that vary from cabernet sauvignon and rosé to chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, and riesling, as well as champagne, it’s also one of Chile’s largest wineries. Its modern Curicó bodegas are open on a drop-in basis for hour-long tours (US$7) that begin with a video that emphasizes the company’s operations in Spain and California, followed by a visit to the local facilities for a sample tasting.
In addition to tours, visitors can lunch at Restaurant Viña Torres, set among the vines; it features a daily set menu, each of whose four courses comes with an appropriate wine, for US$28 per person (US$19 without wine). There’s also an à la carte menu, with starters such as jamón serrano (cured ham) with fresh melon (US$7), entrées such as yellow-fin tuna filets (US$15), and desserts including a mousse of mote con huesillo (a version of Chile’s traditional dried peach dessert, US$6). The wine list includes a more than representative sample by-the-glass, at modest prices.
Vinícola Miguel Torres (Panamericana Sur, Km 195, tel. 075/564100, www.migueltorres.cl) is open 10 a.m.–6 p.m. daily. From the corner of Avenida Camilo Henríquez and Manuel Rodríguez in Curicó, Molina-bound taxi colectivos will drop passengers almost at the entrance; if driving, it’s necessary to pay attention to the vineyard’s signs at Maquehua, which has a dirt road off the highway (technically, it’s not a freeway exit). Tours are hourly in French and English.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Chile, 2nd edition