Top Wines of Chile and Wine Fest at Ski Portillo this summer

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 27, 2010 1:34 pm

We stumbled upon this blog today and it made us smile. Blair Campbell gave a great plug for one of our favorite Southern Hemisphere ski spots, Ski Portillo. All summer long, from July through August, they’re hosting awesome wine events, and of course, great skiing. A lot of folks know about Chilean skiing, but not a lot know about Chilean wine. Here’s Blair’s blog about it:

“My friend Diana is my vacation hero—she’s always hatching a plan to go someplace fabulous and/or exotic. Diana’s next big adventure brings her to the Hotel Portillo in Portillo, Chile, where she’ll spend a week this summer skiing and sipping local wines. Located in the Chilean Andes about three hours from Santiago, Portillo is adjacent to the vineyard-filled Aconcagua and Maipo valleys. The latter is a wine region that’s found particular success with Bordeaux varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Carmenére (which grows so abundantly here that it’s often misidentified as a grape native to Chile). Maipo is also home to the esteemed Santa Rita label.

Hotel Portillo is hosting two wine weeks this summer; the first, its ninth annual Top Wines of Chile week, takes place July 31 through August 8 and features both tastings and information sessions with local winemakers. The second week, Wine Fest, takes place August 28 through September 4 and offers more of the same—plus daily opportunities to win a free bottle based on how well you’ve learned that afternoon’s wine-themed lessons.

For more information, visit”