La Casona at Matetic Vineyards
San Antonio Valley, Chile
La Casona at Matetic Vineyards is a beautiful colonial wine retreat set amongst rolling vineyards in the Rosario Valley, and a perfect place to relax and sample some of Chile’s finest biodynamic wines or to explore the wonderful nearby port of Valparaiso.
At a Glance
Great food married with wine from one of Chile's top producers
A beautiful and restful location among some of Chile’s most attractive wine country
Tour the vineyards and learn about wine production, accompanied by tastings, from experts
Service is personalized and friendly
A superb base for exploring Valparaiso and Isla Negra
Before dinner make sure to enjoy some cheese and wine in front of the roaring fire in the lounge area.Scarlett Richard
Try your hardest not to overdulge at lunch because La Casona's evening restaurant is fantastic, I had the most delicious tuna tartar with a pumpkin puree that was cooked to perfection, some of the best food I had in Chile. March is a lovely time to visit the Matetic Winery, as you'll see the vinesCamilla Greenwood
La Casona at Matetic Vineyards is a century-old estancia with its manicured gardens and towering palms. It is joined to one of South America’s most avant-garde wineries, and makes for a wonderfully pampering retreat among the rolling hills of the Rosario Valley. This is one of Chile’s most attractive wine regions, and it is a great place to learn about the principles of biodynamic winemaking, before tasting some of the estate's creations - the Syrah, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are world-class.
The property itself has seven spacious guest rooms, all furnished with four-poster beds, oak furniture, thick damask curtains, gilt-framed oil paintings and floral designs to create a cosy, home-from-home feel.
The restaurant, Equilibrio, has a great reputation, and head chef Matias Bustos produces meals worthy of the excellent wines: fresh giant scallops from the Pacific, estate-made ewe’s cheese and ginger-marinated duck are the kind of dishes you will find on the menu, all served in a sumptuously decorated dining room.
During the day you can relax on one of the day-beds by the pool, with views over the sweeping valley and vineyard; go for a morning walk through the acres of farmland and vineyards; take a tour of the stunning wine-making facilities set into the hillside with a dramatic oval barrel cellar and pair of tasting rooms; saddle up for an enchanting horse ride. Venturing further afield, explore the delights and amazing seafood restaurants of nearby Valparaiso, or explore poet Pablo Neruda's house in nearby Isla Negra.
La Casona’s rooms and suite are positioned round a central courtyard filled with towering palm trees. Each room is unique and named after a type of wine, and is fitted with a king size bed or two single beds, central heating, a private terrace. and elegant classic decor. All rooms have elegant chairs and polished wooden floors, and en-suite bathrooms with walk-in showers; the suite also has a Jacuzzi.
La Casona has a library lounge room, a pool table, and an honesty bar. Guests may also choose to relax by the spectacular pool and enjoy the gardens.
Free tour of the vineyards and winery; horse riding through the Rosario Valley; self-guided walks along a network of trails; trips to Pablo Neruda's house and museum on Isla Negra, and visits to the port of Valparaiso.
Location & Directions
San Antonio Valley, Chile
Matetic Vineyards is located in the Valparaíso Region, just 100 kms. away from Santiago and 70 kms. away from Valparaíso or Viña del Mar.
When to go
Santiago is a year-round destination but the most pleasant months to visit are October to April. Summer (November to April) is hot and there is lots of sunshine. Over winter (June to September) you’ll see the Andes wreathed in snow and can ski nearby, but the weather is chilly and rain can be an issue. Spring-like September is Chile's national independence month, and is full of activity.