There are not many wineries that have got the right balance with the accommodation, location, ambience, comfort and an overall “good feeling”. The Viña Matetic has manged to create all the aforementioned with their La Casona Hotel.
The winery itself is located in the valley about 3kms from the hotel, along the picturesque Rosario Valley, which is a sub valley of the San Antonio Valley. Here, are the storage tanks, wine-producing equipment, and a very unique wine cellar. At this facility hotel guests will be given a tour, after which they will be able to taste some wines before returning to the hotel to relax and enjoy.
Guests on this program can stay for one night, two nights or longer and enjoy other activities such as horse riding, biking or just walking.
The Viña Matetic La Casona Hotel is a small, boutique hotel, that has been renovated from a previous property at the location, dating back to the early 1900’s. It has, effectively, been rebuilt in the original colonial “hacienda” design along with a country-themed interior decoration and furnished with elegant, colonial style furniture to replicate the period of its original construction. The main structure comprises a one floor building in a square format around a central, inner garden, which is open at one end.
From the open space at the end of the inner garden is an exterior garden with swimming pool and barbecue area.
In the main body of the hotel is a common use living room, tastefully furnished, and decorated as you would expect to find in someone’s private home, as well as a pool table at one and a small bar, operated under the “honest bar” concept.
In another area is a restaurant for interior dining, again, furnished with traditional-style furniture from a colonial time.
Apart from the hotel’s own, interior restaurant there is a separate unit, about 100m from the main hotel, beside its own, small, fish-filled pond and ducks, with a quaint walk-over bridge, and in this building is a top-end restaurant for day trippers as well as hotel guests. In the area between the restaurant and main hotel is an exceptionally well landscaped garden, which is a delight to walk through.
Apart from the comfort of staying over at La Casona, there is, of course, the option to explore the rural Rosario Valley and visit the Matetic winery production unit and cellars which are 3km away, after which is a tasting of some of their wines.
In addition to the above, La Casona offers various programs whereby guests can stay overnight on a bed and breakfast program, or a full day including various activities, or a two, or three night all-inclusive program where all meals, wine tours, tastings as well as activities are included.
Here at ExperienceChile.Org, as always, we will include a stay at La Casona if it fits into your itinerary and it is something you would like. We have often built into clients’ itineraries a first night arrival at La Casona (it is only 1hr from Santiago airport), and / or a final night at this hotel prior to departing Chile.
However, if you have the budget, we highly recommend at least two nights at this great little wine hotel.