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May 30, 2022 View:

Chilean vineyard picking experience popular with domestic and international tourists

In late summer and early fall, the Chilean vineyard picking experience attracts thousands of domestic and foreign tourists who fill deep wooden pallets with picked grapes and hand them over to professionals for delivery to the winery.

Image from: South American Diaspora News Network

The Chile el imparcial website recently reported that last year, Chile produced about 800 million liters of wine and exported nearly $1.6 billion, making it the fourth largest wine exporter after France (Francia), Italy (Italia) and Spain (Espana). At the same time, Chilean wine culture tourism is also growing, attracting about 950,000 visitors last year, 60% of whom were foreign tourists.

Wearing aprons, gloves and scissors, visitors walk quickly through the vines to harvest the grapes. The clusters of grapes are then turned into famous wines that are exported all over the world.

It"s a unique experience," said Gina Cuesta, a Colombian tourist and lawyer, as she wandered through the vines. Because when you drink wine before, you don't know what the whole process behind the wine is. Her husband, Jins Skuvrup, a Dane, understands the process but would like to relive it all over again. It's very, very interesting to see the whole process of wine production, he says.

Image from: South American Diaspora News Network

Each vineyard has a different tour program to attract visitors. For example, at the Viu Manent vineyard, the person in charge gives each tray a card and the first three visitors who get the card are given a free bottle of fine wine, so many visitors work together in pairs or trios to complete the harvest.

Freddy Grez, head of the vineyard, said: Depending on each vineyard, a worker can pick anywhere from 900 kg to 2,000 kg of grapes per day. And these visitors picked about 500 kg of grapes in a quick half hour.

Since the people in charge knew that the picking work was intense, especially for those who were not good at manual labor, the people in charge prepared a long table for them with dozens of bottles of ice water, sinks and absorbent paper to clean their hands and faces.

In addition to participating in the grape harvest, visitors can take a horse-drawn carriage ride, practice horseback riding, take a bike tour of the park or taste wine for prices ranging from 13,000 to 55,000 pesos ($21 to $90 U.S. dollars).