Forbes Lifestyle ForbesLife Chile’s Clos Apalta Debuts Luxurious New Wine Country Accommodations Katie Kelly Bell Contributor Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. I cover what’s interesting in wine, spirits, food, and travel. Following Sep 25, 2023, 07:24pm EDT | Press play to listen to this article! Got it! Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Infinity pool at Clos Apalta, Chile © Matt Wilson 2011 Visitors to Chile have another reason to make a stop in wine country, to visit the freshly renovated and ultra-luxurious new casitas at Clos Apalta – one of Chile’s most highly-awarded world-class wineries.
Previously, this French-inspired winery’s collection of four casitas held the title of smallest Relais & Châteaux property in the world; now with the of debut seven new ones and fully reimagined interiors for the original ones they usher in a luxurious new take on luxury and nature. Casita private plunge pool K. B.
The new casitas have been under wraps for three years and the resort has been closed to overnight guests for almost as long, this fall marks their big debut. It’s been worth the wait. The fresh new look has its foundations in landscape architecture, seamlessly integrating five star comforts into the surroundings.
Think glass walls, stone and wood finishes and enviable hillside perches that overlook the valley. They are certainly the among the finest and most updated offerings in Chile’s Colchagua Valley right now. Each new casita is comprised of three individual spaces – a living area, grand bedroom and a sprawling spa-like bathroom.
There is also a massive closet and changing area lined with mirrors behind the bedroom space. The overall ambiance feels a bit like a five-star treehouse; fully integrated with nature and the surroundings but still marvelously swanky. Nature here is about more than trees and birds – picture sweeping vineyard views and endless cerulean blue skies that lead to a horizon pierced by the majesty of the Andean Mountain range.
Every time you walk into your casita breathtaking scenery is front and center. New casitas at Clos Apalta K. B.
In keeping with the setting, meals are also a lavish affair. Lunch and dinner are always three courses paired with wines. Executive Chef Leonel Diaz (who is a local) brings forth elegant dishes that weave in local ingredients and spices.
Dishes might feature ingredients such as pinones, a native seed from the Chilean pine tree, or something fresh from the nearby Pacific such as grilled octopus with vanilla and avocado mousse. The winery also makes a silky pisco, which they will gladly show you and your companions how to incorporate into cocktails in their shiny new demonstration kitchen. Guests are also invited to escort Chef Diaz to the local market which is a colorful and impressive array of every kind of produce imaginable.
You’ll return to the resort and work with the chef to prepare a special dish for lunch. Other activities can keep you busy all day – horseback riding, hiking, and tennis (courts open in 2024). Mountain bikes are on hand for quiet rides through the vines, or just head out for a wander and you’ll likely spy foxes, peregrine falcons and eagles.
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CEPHAS / Matt Wilson Clos Apalta is much more than a wine resort; it is part of the Lapostolle winery, which was founded in 1994 by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle (the family behind Grand Marnier) and her husband Cyril de Bournet. The couple introduced French winemaking traditions and expertise to the Colchagua Valley’s forbidding landscape, becoming instrumental in helping to put the Apalta Valley on the world stage as a premium winemaking region. They also constructed an architecturally magnificent winery which guests are invited to tour.
It starts several levels above ground and descends through a series of stunning spaces down below the surface into a massive wine cellar anchored by an imposing wall of granite – a visual reminder that the wines here are built slowly, over time and built to last. Follow me on Twitter or LinkedIn . Check out my website .
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