Pedal through a world-class family-owned vineyard with spectacular views over the Casablanca Valley. Located between Santiago and Valparaiso, Casablanca is Chile’s newly discovered cool climate valley and was named 1 of the 10 Great Wine Capitals of the World. This tour enables you to pedal through vines that are famous for producing Chile’s finest pinot noir, sauvignon blanc and syrah. Take a selfie whilst on your mountain bike with a backdrop to make all your Facebook fan’s jealous. Meet us at Plaza Sotomayor to travel from our Valparaiso office with your guide to the winery, where your bikes and grapes await you.
If you are based in Santiago, the Cousiño Macul Bike Experience is a must do wine outing.
Why take THIS tour, Why THIS tour with La Bicicleta Verde? We are the ONLY bike tour going through Casablanca for less than $100 USD per person. We chose Casablanca because (1) It is only a short cab ride away making this tour not only affordable but stress free, (2) the Kingston Family purchased the terroir there nearly 100 years ago by the industrious John Kingston, making the vineyard as rich in history as it is in wine. An American prospecting for gold, Kingston never hit pay-dirt in the once dry and uninviting valley. However in the 1990’s Courtney Kingston thought the family land might be the perfect place to grow Pinot Noir, so cherished in Northern California where she studied and lived. With the first plantations of Pinot in the valley you could say the Kingston’s finally struck gold and today produce some of the most sought after wine in all of Chile.
Being family-owned is important to us… and to them!
PS: The green gurus (aka your local guides) know everything from seed to grape to the water of gods! Our wine gurus are bilingual, love wine, and do not pass out generic, scripted tour info! If you’re still not convinced by this tour that’s ok, we got maaaad references.
Just a short cab ride from Chile’s Cultural Capital Valparaíso, Casablanca Valley started Chile’s terroir driven wine revolution with the first vines planted just some 40 years ago. Why would you come to Chile and miss it?
The tour includes 4 wine tastings, the 1st glass of wine being in among the vines in the vineyard, and the final three in the beautiful tasting areas.
We are so confident you will be pleased with any of our tours that we have a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
- Start Time11.00am (Meeting time @ 10am)
- Price$50 USD
- Duration2-2.5 hours
- AvailabilityTuesday, Thursday + Saturday
- Meeting Point10.00am at Plaza Sotomayor to take transport to the vineyard together
- DifficultyModerate, must be confident on your bike
- Group sizeAverage 5, Max of 12 - insuring you a boutique experience.
- What to BringCash for a taxi ride back to Valparaiso ($12.000 CLP per cab) or bus from main plaza to Valparaiso ($2.000 CLP person), comfy clothes, camera sunscreen, credit card or cash for wine or if you want to stay in the valley for lunch afterwards
- InclusionsTransport from Valparaiso office to vineyard, Water, helmet, bilingual guide, your mountain bike, 4 tastings
- Not includedInsurance and lunch
More than half of our customers stay for lunch in Casablanca or at a another vineyard. Excluding transportation back to Valparaiso allows us to lower the price for everyone. Of course, our guide will help you call a taxi after the tour if you want to go directly back to Valparaiso
Our tour meets in Plaza Sotomayor in Valparaiso at 10am for the 30 minute ride out to the vineyard. The vineyard is accessible by public transportation from Santiago as well. Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how… or consider our Bike and Wine Cousiño Macul Tour which is reachable by Santiago’s Metro System.
Meet Your Guide
Your green guru will be there to transport you to the Kingston Family Vineyard. We will spend some time getting to know each other and the bikes. Once you are kitted out with helmets and water we begin our pedalling through Casablanca.
11AM: Weave between the vines and take in the views with us. You will begin to hear about the Kingston Family background that was purchased by John Kingston nearly 100 years ago. It may surprise you that the family purchased the land in an attempt to discover gold. This mission was a complete failure… Almost when all hope was lost they really hit gold when they planted their first grapes. At the time they weren't to know the future success of this. They made some of Chile's finest Pinot Noir, because of their terroir and because the Kingston vineyard sits in the most biodiverse areas of Casablanca. Thirsty already? Our guide sneaks a bottle of crisp sauvignon blanc wine out for the 8-10 km ride. We will enjoy it in a shaded cove amongst the native vegetation of the valley. We will learn how to smell, taste, and enjoy the wine!
12:30pm: It is time to dismount our bikes to discover the other side of the wine-making process. We are invited into the Kingston Family’s modern and innovative cellars to learn about their unique wine making process. And for the grand finale we head out to the courtyard together for… yes you guessed it MORE WINE! Taste the vineyards red wines while overlooking the vineyard and the valley as a whole. A super insightful and delicious morning will be had with 4 wine tastings. Ask any questions and we’ll do a super job at answering them (especially if they are about wine).
Discover the Valley
1:30pm: The tour ends just in time for you to discover the rest of the wine valley. Our guide will give you suggestions for local lunch ideas in the pueblo de Casablanca or luxury options as neighboring vineyards. Tired and want a siesta back at your hotel? We can call a taxi so you can head back to Valparaiso or so show you how to catch a bus to Santiago. But first hit the wine shop to take some presents back home… or just to drink!
- Jfiddler: This is a very professional group that made the day fun and safe! On the wine tour you get to check out 2 different wineries
- meldelsantos: The cycling was not too difficult and Chris was always considerate of everyone's cycling and fitness abilities...
- techknogirl: We met the owner – Peter who is brilliant and fun - and he invited us to our last tour to Kingston Winery in Casablanca...