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Casa Real, Santa Rita Vineyards

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Casa Real at the Santa Rita Vineyards in Chile is surrounded by groves of olive, almond and orange trees

CHILE

Maipo Valley
Casa Real, Santa Rita Vineyards

www.santarita.com

The grounds of the Casa Real Hotel in Chile were designed by a famous French landscape artist in 1882
Just south of Santiago, the Maipo Valley is the country's oldest wine region, birthplace of many a Cabernet Sauvignon and home to Casa Real. This 19th-century manor house is part of the Santa Rita Winery's main estate (there are three others) and is surrounded by a 40-hectare garden of olive, almond, orange and lemon trees, designed by a French landscape artist in 1882. The sixteen swanky European-style bedrooms are decorated with antiques, and the clubby game room is equipped with a billiard table imported from England. As for the notables, they include the Doña Paula restaurant, an 1885 neo-Gothic chapel freshened up by a restorer of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel and the winery's Cabs, Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs.


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