FAQ

Q: When are the next tours?
    Our next available tours begin in the Spring (Fall time in Chile) of 2017.  Sign up now to secure your tour.

Q: How do I sign up?
    Please send us an email requesting available tour dates to info@vinacurean.com, or feel free to call us at 952.200.6912.

Q: Late 2016?  Isn't that winter time?
    As Chile is located in the southern hemisphere, its seasons are the opposite of the northern hemisphere.  As such, summer in Chile begins on December 21, with autumn beginning three months later on March 20. 

Q:  What will the weather be like in Chile during our tour?
    For the most part, we will be in and around the region close to Santiago, Chile's capital.  That region has a very temperate climate, with little humidity.  Highs in the summer will generally be in the 90's, with lows in the 60's.  For autumn, expect highs in the upper 70's, lower 80's, with lows in the upper 50's.  

Q: Do I need to know how to speak Spanish?
    No, that's what your guides are for!  All wine tours are conducted in English.  

Q: What is a typical day like?
    It's been said before that no big deals are ever signed early in the morning.  The same thing rings true at VINACUREAN TOURSTM!  Seriously, though, most days has the bus leaving the hotel between 10 and 11 in the morning, which gives everyone plenty of time to grab breakfast and coffee.  There may be a day or two where we will leave a bit earlier, but nothing before 8am.  Lunch each day will be had between 1 and 2pm.  We will usually arrive back at the hotel by 7pm.    

Q: What wineries will we be visiting?
    Most of the wineries are located within an hour or so drive from the hotel in Santiago, which may include some of the following (depending on availability):
  • Cousino Macul
  • Concha y Toro
  • Aquitania
  • Santa Rita
  • Perez Cruz
  • Veramonte
  • Casas del Bosque
  • Emiliana
  • Indomita
    We will also be making a trip down to the scenic town of Santa Cruz, where we have in the past visited the following vineyards:
  • Lapostolle
  • Montes
  • Santa Helena

Q: What type of meals will we be having?
    While this may be a vineyard tour, that is really only half the experience.  The other half is the culinary delights!  Each day, we will be enjoying as a group the almuerzo, or lunch, which is generally the largest meal of the day for Chilenos.  We will also be doing this "Epicurean style" wherein everyone is served the same courses so that all can discuss what they are eating.  As a past president of the Epicurean Society of Minneapolis, Dustin has enjoyed this style of eating a group lunch for many years and has incorporated it into the VINACUREANTM experience.  Meals are generally three- or four-courses, and include everything from Chilean mainstays such as pastel de choclo (an authentic corn/chicken/beef-based dish) to freshly caught seafood.    

Q: Is Chilean food similar to Mexican food?
    Absolutely not!  This is a misconception that we have encountered on several occasions (not that there is anything wrong with Mexican food).  While definitely having a Spanish influence, Chilean food tends to have its unique style, which generally is not at all spicy. 

Q:  How long does the entire tour last?
    Currently, our tours (not to be confused with a single vineyard tour) begin on a Friday and end the following Saturday.  Given the time for travel to Chile, if you are from the United States, total duration is 11 days.  This includes nine nights hotel.  Such duration is subject to change, and can be amended for customized tours.

Q: How many other people will there be on our tour?
    We try to keep the tour as personalized as possible, and as such endeavor to keep the total number of people at a dozen or less.  However, we are amenable to fully customize a tour for larger or smaller groups.

Q: Where will we be staying?  
    Hotel accommodations will be in Santiago, within the Vitacura district, which includes Chile's banking district, as well as restaurants, shops and a fabulous new mall.  In the past, we have stayed at the Intercontinental--Santiago.  

Q: What is covered in the pricing?
    Pricing includes all ground transportation, hotel, vineyard tours, breakfast and lunch.  We are currently working to incorporate air transportation as well.   

Q: How will we be getting around?
    All ground transportation, from arrival to your departure at the airport, will be taken care of by a professional bus company and dedicated driver within a luxury mini-bus.  

 Q: Do I need to obtain a visitor's visa prior to entering Chile?
    No.  If you have a United States passport (that will be valid for at least six months when entering the country), a three-month visa is automatically granted.  While there used to be a reciprocity fee, this has recently been abolished. 

Q: If I really, really like some of the wine I had on the tour (which you will), can I ship a case back to the U.S?
    Unfortunately, due to import/export laws, shipping a case of wine back to the U.S. is a bit difficult (if not impossible).  Of course you are allowed to bring a few bottle back with you--subject to U.S. customs.  However, if you would like to bring more than that back, we suggest either contacting your local wine shop, or we can put you into contact with the specific vineyard's U.S. importer.  Often times, because of the high taxes imposed upon wine purchased in Chile, it is cheaper to purchase the same bottle of wine in the U.S.