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Boozy B&Bís: Casa Lapostolle's Residence

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  Site Where: Ruta I-50 Camino San Fernando a Pichilemu Km 36, Cunaquito, , Santa Cruz, Chile
June 8, 2011 at 2:18 PM | by | ()

We love us some wine travelóthe tastings, the food, the activities, and especially the long naps. Thatís why itís important to find just the right place to stay wherever we go wine-tasting in the world, and why HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen fills us in on a boozy B&B he visited on a recent trip to Chile.

Since itís #WineWednesday, we got to thinking about some of our recent wine adventures including a visit to Chileís famous Colchagua Valley, where we happened upon a little Relais & Chateaux property at one of the areaís best-known wineries: Casa Lapostolle.

The Lapostolle Residence is located at the wineryís showcase winemaking facility, built in 2004-2005, where they produce their high-end labels, Clos Apalta and Borobo. Guests can tour the state-of-the-art facility, as well as opting for any number of activities such as hiking, biking or horseback-riding the propertyís 1,600 acres, getting in-room massages, hanging out by the pool, visiting the nearby town of Santa Cruz, and, of course, taking wine-tours to nearby wineries such as the world-famous Montes, a feng-shui-designed winery where they play Gregorian chants to the wines aging in barrels around the clock; MontGras, where you can also go horseback-riding and enjoy a barbecue out in the vineyards after blending your own wine; cooking classes with chef Pilar Rodriguez at Viu Manent; and Santa Cruz, which has hiking trails, a series of indigenous-style display buildings, and a sky tram up to its small observatory.

Back at the Residence, there are four standalone casitas, each decorated individually, and each named after a grape varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Carmenere, after Chileís signature grape. The staff told us that Merlot, decorated with pink accents, is the most romantic, but we liked the green-hued Carmenere casita with its small work desk and two armchairs cozied around the fireplace, a king-size bed upon a raised step, small separate kitchenette, and a nifty windowed hallway leading to the massive bathroom with double vanities overlooking the valley floor, as well as a deep soaking tub and separate shower, plus a private outdoor deck for quiet time.

Back at the main house, guests enjoy multi-course gourmet meals in keeping with the Relais & Chateaux ethos, all paired with Casa Lapostolle wines. Dinner might include a starter like a corn-pumpkin cream soup with scallops; a main course of local lamb chops with seasonal ratatouille; and for dessert, a tiramisu with Grand Marnier.

Next time we head to Chile, weíre definitely booking a casita, but if you come when theyíre closed in July-August, you can also consider a stay at another of Chileís best-known wineries, and a historic property with fantastic activities for horse-lovers such as a traditional Chilean rodeo, a jumping school and polo matches: Casa Silva.

Rates at Casa Lapostolle start at $500 per person per night including all meals and activities.

Full disclosure: Eric Rosen visited Chile as a guest of Wines of Chile, but all opinions expressed are entirely his own.

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