The Chilean capital, a fun bar, fish market, stunning views, wine tasting, some more piscos, and a delicious Chilean meal, 24 - 28 May
24.05.2014 - 28.05.2014 25 °C
After a 6.5 hour bus journey from La Serena, we arrived in Santiago. Our hostal recommended we try this bar around the corner called The Clinic...
The bar´s website (spanish only)
Great food and drinks, interesting decor
...and a rather shocking menu...
A walk around the colourful Barrio Bellavista
Next day, off to the central fish market
Great things sometimes do come in large sizes! Amanda finds a bottle of pisco to quench her thirst
Off up Cerro San Cristobal to see a panoramic view of Santiago
About the hill in the centre of Santiago
A day of delicious Chilean wine and food
An afternoon of wine tour and tasting in Cocha Y Toro, on the outskirts of Santiago, Chile´s largest winery and home to Casillero del Diablo wines
About the vineyard
According to the legend, the cellars of Cocha Y Toro are protected by none other than the devil himself!
The story goes... Back in the days when the winery was really just a private family business, they had a problem with bottles of wine disappearing. The staff was stealing their private reserve. So the locals, being a very superstitious and religious bunch, were fed a story through the "grapevine" that the Devil lived in the cellars, and had been recently seen. Since the rumors of the Devil inhabiting the cellars, the leakage of bottles ceased, and so became the name given to the wine in that cellar, Casillero del Diablo (Cellar of the Devil), and the legend lives on!
...and to this day, all those with a guilty conscience can apparently see the shadow of the devil at the end of the corridor protecting his bottles. Please do let us know as we can´t see anything...
Then down to the business of tasting the wine
For all our foodie friends...
In the evening we went for a Chilean tasting menu at Borago
About the restaurant
If anyone would like to know what it is they are seeing, we have the menu with matching wines in Spanish somewhere in our luggage...
It did include things such as locally sourced and sustainably caught fish and seafood (such as sea urchin), all different types of locally foraged flora and fauna, alpaca, venison, homemade chocolate, and an after dinner mint that exploded in your mouth and left you smoking!!
A unique and memorable experience!