Visiting Valparaiso

After obsessing over the central market in Santiago, we packed up and headed off towards Valparaiso with a quick stop in wine country on the way! With only a limited amount of time in that region of the country, we put the pedal to the metal and packed in as much as humanly possible.

First stop was Kingston Family Vineyards, which was quite possibly one of the most picturesque vineyards I’ve ever visited.

Kingston Family Vineyards - Chilean Wine Country

We were treated to a scenic wine tasting complete with local cheeses and the most luscious olive oil ever! I didn’t want to leave. Ever. In fact, I’d like to hop on another flight right this very minute and jett back to Kingston for another round of wine tasting with some olive oil.

Next up we visited Casa Marin Winery and got down to doing what we do best, drinking more wine and eating even more cheese. I mean, if this is what normal life is like in Chile – sign me up!

Casa Marin - Chilean Wine Country

Casa Marin - Chilean Wine Country

Casa Marin - Chilean Wine Country

After sufficiently stuffing ourselves with copious amounts of wine and cheese, I rolled myself into the van and we were off…

Before this trip, I had never really heard much about Valparaiso, other than the fact that it’s a colorful city with a lot of hills. Well guess what, they weren’t kidding! Valparaiso is situated on top of dozens of hillsides with a handful of funiculars (essentially a cable car that takes you up and down hills).

Valparaiso

Valparaiso

Valparaiso

Valparaiso

Valparaiso

We scampered around some of the more artsy neighborhoods, fit in a power shopping session and hiked up a hill or two before heading back to the hotel.

Hotel Palacio Astoreca is gorgeous, to say the least. It’s located right on the edge of a cliff overlooking the port. Stunning doesn’t even come close to describing it.

Hotel Palacio Astoreca - Valparasio, Chile

Hotel Palacio Astoreca - Valparasio, Chile

Hotel Palacio Astoreca - Valparasio, Chile

Hotel Palacio Astoreca - Valparasio, Chile

Hotel Palacio Astoreca - Valparasio, Chile

And here, here is where something magical happened…

I had my first pisco sour. Life was officially complete. I feel like I say this all the time, but how I went this long without ever having a pisco sour is BEYOND me. I really need to step up my international cocktail game. Stat! (Pisco recipe coming soon)

My first pisco came hand in hand with another phenomenal tasting menu at Alegre. If you ever find yourself in Valparaiso, treat yourself to dinner at Alegre. I’d recommend some form of the tasting menu – and be sure to arrive hungry – because you’ll want to lick your plate clean after each course.

Alegre Restaurant - Valparasio, Chile

We finished the night off with more pisco’s on the patio and watched the city lights twinkle in the darkness.

The next morning we woke up to breakfast, more cheese of course, and headed back to the airport to embark on the next portion of our adventure!

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16 comments

  1. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

    These photos are stunning, Gaby!!! And now I want wine and a pisco sour!!

  2. emycooks

    Really is awesome and the photos are beautiful, I love the angles. Seems like a place I would love to visit someday. I love the view where there is hills and mountains. Just lovely!

  3. Helen Kennedy

    Wow again! The hotel looks fabulous and the pics of the colourful houses in the city are lovely. I particularly like the white wisteria one. More about the cheeses, please, my other half loves cheese! And I’m interested to see the recipe for pisco sour!

  4. The Cuisinerd

    Valparaiso is so colorful, definitely one of my favorite places in Chile. So glad you were able to spend time there!

  5. Catherine McCord

    Oh how I miss Chile! Valparaiso is one of the most magical cities ever! When can we go back?

  6. Judith Ramirez Aguirre

    Thank so very much for your beautiful words. For us it was a great pleasure to welcome you at Kingston Family Vineyards, Casablanca..
    We will be waiting for your visit the next time you come to Chile.

  7. Katie @ Mom’s Kitchen Handbook

    If you are trying to get us interested in Chile, it’s working.

  8. Aida Mollenkamp

    How do I drop everything and go to Chile!?! I’m having major travel envy right now!

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    I just found your blog through Rachel Cooks’ “Day In the Life” series and am so excited to see this pisco sour post! I was in Chile about a month ago, and I couldn’t get enough piscos! I even took a cooking class in Valparaiso where we learned to make them 🙂 Your photos are beautiful by the way!

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