Nestled in the majestic Andes Mountains, Ski Portillo in Chile is renowned as one of the world’s premier skiing destinations. But beyond the thrill of skiing down pristine slopes, this picturesque resort offers a unique and indulgent experience: Wine Week. Every year, (WineFest takes place Aug. 19 – 26 2023 with daily complimentary apres-ski wine tastings) oenophiles and adventure enthusiasts come together to partake in a celebration of Chilean wines that perfectly complement the exhilaration of skiing.
Here are the 2023 wineries:
Sunday-Calyptra – a boutique winery located in a valley with moderatae climate.
Monday – Polkura– a B-Corp winery located in the Colchagua valley.
Tuesday – Casa Marin – a woman-owned winery located only 4km from the Pacific ocean
Weds – Koyle– Biodynamic wines from the Alto Colcagua in the Andes foothills
Thurs- Baron Phillippe de Rothschild – https://www.bpdr.com/en/branded-wines/chile
Fri – San Esteban, from the mountainous region of the Eastern Aconcagua valley.
Each winery brings a winemaker to Portillo for the presentation and tasting.
*Guests who want to explore the wineries of Chile can do so with the extensive wine list in the Hotel Portillo restaurant and bar, that highlights most Chilean wineries from large to boutique wineries.
In addition, Portillo Tours and Travels offers winery tours (at an additional cost) for guests who would like to explore a winery on their departure day.
More Reasons to Join!
A Breathtaking Setting for Wine Lovers: Portillo’s Wine Week takes place in an enchanting setting that adds to the allure of the event. The resort is situated on the shores of the stunning Laguna del Inca, surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks. The combination of breathtaking landscapes and an inviting ambiance makes it an ideal location for celebrating the best Chilean wines.
A Showcase of Chilean Wine Heritage: Chile is known for its vibrant wine industry, producing world-class wines that have gained international recognition. Wine Week at Ski Portillo provides an ideal platform to showcase the diversity and richness of Chilean wines. Visitors have the opportunity to savor a wide array of varietals, from the iconic Carmenere and robust Cabernet Sauvignon to the crisp Sauvignon Blanc and elegant Chardonnay. Local winemakers and sommeliers are present during the event, offering their expertise and insights into the wines, the vineyards, and the art of winemaking in Chile.
Daily Wine Tastings and Pairing Dinners: Throughout the Wine Week, visitors can partake in daily wine tastings, where they can sample a curated selection of wines carefully chosen to highlight the best the country has to offer. These tastings are accompanied by educational sessions led by wine experts, providing attendees with a deeper understanding of the winemaking process and the unique terroirs that contribute to Chilean wines’ distinct flavors.
Moreover, the culinary experiences during Wine Week are a highlight in themselves. Each evening, the resort hosts exquisite wine pairing dinners, where world-class chefs craft delectable menus that perfectly complement the featured wines. The fusion of the finest Chilean cuisine with the country’s exceptional wines creates an unforgettable sensory experience.
Skiing with Wine: The Ultimate Combination: One might wonder what skiing and wine have in common, but at Portillo, they blend seamlessly. The thrill of hitting the slopes during the day and the joy of indulging in fine wines in the evenings form a perfect harmony of adventure and relaxation.
After a day of skiing or snowboarding, participants gather at various après-ski events where they can mingle, share their experiences, and toast to the day’s achievements. The convivial atmosphere encourages bonding among attendees, fostering new friendships and connections.
Beyond the Glass: Cultural Exploration: While Wine Week at Ski Portillo is predominantly about wine, it also offers the opportunity to immerse oneself in Chilean culture. Visitors can explore nearby towns, learn about the local customs, and perhaps even take part in traditional activities. This cultural enrichment adds another layer of depth to the overall experience, making the event not just about wine appreciation but also about gaining a broader understanding of the region’s heritage.
Ski Portillo Chile Wine Week is a unique fusion of adventure and wine indulgence, offering a truly unforgettable experience. The combination of spectacular skiing, world-class Chilean wines, and the enchanting setting of the Andes creates an atmosphere that entices both seasoned wine connoisseurs and thrill-seekers alike. Whether you’re an avid skier or a passionate wine lover, this event promises to be an extraordinary journey through the heart and soul of Chilean wine culture. Cheers to the joy of skiing and the pleasures of wine!