VIK Chile Hotel & Winery – One of Chile’s Best Luxury Resorts
Working in the travel industry has some perks, and this is one of them. Last month, the company I work for, Pionero Travel, was invited to visit VIK Vineyard and stay at VIK Hotel at the Millahue Valley. Here is a review of the hotel and winery.
VIK has several retreats, one in Chile, and three in Uruguay, and is known for its design, architecture and exclusive locations. VIK takes a holistic approach to vacationing combining nature, outdoor activities, art, great food and wine, and excellent service.
VIK Chile also has a winery growing award-winning grapes in a landscape that less than a decade ago was forested. After extensive research into the finest soils, the site was specially picked among several international locations for its terroir as a perfect place for making what VIK strives for – the best wine in the world.
VIK Chile Hotel
The hotel sits atop a hill boasting an impressive 360° view of the vineyard nestled between the snow-capped Andes overlooking the sun-soaked valley and almost 5000 hectares of the VIK property.
As soon as you enter, you are welcomed by the staff’s seamless and detailed attention inviting you into the remote and natural environment that surrounds the hotel. The tranquility and quietness is the perfect contrast to Santiago’s hustle and bustle.
Unique architecture, design, and original art set the tone for your luxurious stay and invite you to discover, relax, and play while you are here. Each of the 22 suites has floor to ceiling windows and is individually designed by different artists for a personalized touch. Paired with their excellent wines, the hotel’s restaurant maintains the same standards for each dish allowing guest to experience Chilean cuisine’s vibrant flavors and products.
VIK takes a holistic approach to winemaking incorporating best practices from sustainable, biodynamic, organic, and natural winemaking. We toured their state of the art facilities, designed by one of Chile’s foremost architects, Smiljan Radic. The first thing you notice is the roof of the winery, a stretched, transparent fabric to allow for natural sunlight and absorb excess heat in the summer. The majority of the winery building is underground, keeping temperatures at 57°F / 13°C creating a natural cooling process during the winemaking. Grape harvesting is done at night when the air is cool and the grape’s sugar levels are stable.
Although VIK makes blends, the tasting began with a tasting of three of the varieties used in their iconic wines, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. They were still in their aging process, 18 months aged in French oak, giving us a better idea of the complexities of each variety and its contribution to the finished product. We ended with a glass of the acclaimed VIK wine, a rich and elegant blend of five grape varieties – 55 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 29 percent Carménère, 4 percent Syrah, 7 percent Cabernet Franc and 5 percent Merlot – aged for 23 months in French oak and runs for around $140 a bottle.
Things To Do
More than a wine-themed hotel, VIK is for families just as much as it is for solo travelers or couples looking to relax, disconnect, and enjoy the Chilean countryside at its best… and, of course, enjoy the premium wine that it’s known for. Here are some of the activities the hotel offers:
- Tour of the winery and vineyards
- Wine tasting led by experienced concierges
- Horseback rides
- Mountain biking
- Infinity pool & Solarium
- Hiking and running experience
- Game room
- Fitness center
- Sauna and relax areas
The program includes buffet breakfast, lunch with soft drinks and a glass of Milla Cala wine (wine for adults only), afternoon tea, and dinner with soft drinks and one bottle of VIK wine for every two guests and all non-alcoholic beverages during the stay.
At an extra rate, travelers can enjoy:
- Picnic experience
- Special BBQ in the vineyard
- Wineries tours at the Colchagua and Cachapoal Valley
- Yoga classes
- Indoor and outdoor activities for children
- Harvest experience during the Vendimia at the end of March to early May
- Wine spa treatments
How to Get There?
VIK is in the Millahue Valley 165 km / 103 mi from Santiago and 227 km / 141 mi from Valparaiso. You can drive there or arrange for a private transfer.
On the way to VIK from Santiago, you will pass through the Maipo and Cachapoal Valleys and just a little further south is the Colchagua Valley where you can visit several wineries in the area, like Montes and Viu Manent and the excellent Colchagua Museum at Santa Cruz. Koyle, Casa Silva, Altaïr, and Santa Rita are on the way to and from Santiago.
Before arriving at VIK, we visited the organic and biodynamic Neyen Vineyard. We began with a hike overlooking the Apalta Valley, where some of the best wine in Chile is grown, and ended with a vertical tasting of their premium wines from 80+-year-old vines.
After Neyen, we visited the Lapostolle winery and Clos Apalta Residence for a tour and tasting discovering their French-style wines and admiring their beautiful facilities and architecture, including their exclusive hotel.