Living in a winery….Vina Chillan

???????????????????????????????Vina Chillan is a winery where we spent a
couple of days. It is not in a major grape growing región, but it offers some very nice wines. The area seems to have superb growing conditions with water flowing everywhere, bright sunshine, and rich black volcanic soil, but almost all of the ranches seem to raise horses and cows who wallow around in a deep sea of green grass. About 16 years ago an enterprising Dutchman married a Chilean, bought some land, and planted OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACarmenere grapes. Now he has a full on vineyard that produces about 30,000 bottles a year with a variety of red and white wines, and he runs a bed and breakfast. We had a great time sleeping in the vineyard, gazing at the Southern Stars, and dining between the barrels in the winery.

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