La Casona at Matetic Vineyards

Rosario Valley, Santiago & Central Valley, Chile Book from Book from £339 per night

Guest estancia set within an organic winery, offering a tuition in wine-growing and wonderful walks
Here is the perfect place to pamper yourself between the swift pace of Santiago and the coastal charms of Valparaíso - a 100-year-old colonial estancia with only 7 rooms, set in beautifully landscaped gardens and surrounded by the rolling hills of the Rosario Valley. This is one of Chile’s best wine regions: neatly ordered emerald vineyards abound, interwoven with astonishingly steep ravines, and the rich red soil is topped by lush grass and thornbush shrubs.

Loll in a canopied daybed by the pool, stroll past white geese for a gourmet supper in the nearby octagonal lakeside restaurant, and then sink into a peaceful sleep on unbelievably comfortable pillows. We did, and awoke refreshed enough for a morning walk through the acres of farmland and vineyards owned by the Matetic family, who have been growing world-famous grapes here for a decade, unusual because they’re organic. Take a tour of the modern winery and taste how their biodynamic method of harvesting has produced some excellent wines, then wander back to the guesthouse for lunch and a bottle of their signature white, Sauvignon Blanc Coastal. Perfecto.


  • The great food is married with wine from one of Chile's top producers
  • Guests have the chance to tour the vineyards, learn about wine production from experts and taste the fruits of their labour
  • The tranquil surroundings are ideal for a bit of R&R
  • Service is personalised and friendly


  • It’s a little isolated - there are no shops or other restaurants within walking distance
  • It’s expensive - though your stay includes dinner, fine wines and a winery tour
  • WiFi can only be accessed in the lounge and there's only 1 computer, which the staff sometimes use
  • Expect lots of day trippers in the winery and nearby restaurant

Best time to go

September to April is the best time climate-wise, though aim for late-February and March if you want to help out with the grape harvest. The hotel is open all year but the restaurant is closed on Mondays.

Our top tips

This is a great place to shut off and appreciate the finer things in life - allow 2-3 nights to make the most of the activities and relaxation on offer.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 7
  • Half-board (full-board available)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


Matetic's 7 rooms are set in a horseshoe-shaped estancia around a central courtyard filled with bright rhododendrons, leafy shrubs and towering palm trees. Built in the early 20th century, this was once a family home and its pink adobe walls and long columned walkways brim with colonial charm.

Each room is named after a type of wine - we stayed in Syrah, one of the 6 Standard Rooms. It had a super kingsize bed (some have twins) with a heavy cream damask bedspread; other rooms, such as the Sauvignon Blanc Suite, have pretty floral bedspreads. All rooms have elegant sitting chairs and floors of beautifully polished wood. The feel is old-fashioned but not fusty - the op-art black and white tiles of the large ensuite bathrooms make sure of that. All have walk-in showers; the Suite also has a Jacuzzi bath.

Outside, each room has a pair of chairs on its stretch of terrace; we loved sitting here looking out over the vineyards and gardens, with a G&T from the honesty bar in the hotel's games room in hand (though when we visited this was missing ice and mixers and we had to ask staff to bring them).

Features include:

  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Internet access
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Tv
  • WiFi


Served in El Emporio, breakfast is a buffet spread of fresh juice, homemade breads, hams, cheeses and Chanco (sheep's milk cheese made on the estate). You can also have eggs to order, and there’s a high-tech German coffee-making machine for those who need a morning caffeine shot. Dinner consists of 4-5 options, and the reception desk delivered a form to our room so we could select our dishes and choose when we wanted to eat.

Lunch is also available in the nearby Equilibrio, the Californian-style wood-and-glass restaurant by the lake, which has a great reputation locally and serves self-proclaimed 'gourmet' food accompanied by the estate’s wine. We had a tasty breaded shrimp and green salad, followed by a shrimp risotto with crispy seaweed and reineta (similar to sea bass) with spicy Chilean mash. To finish, we tucked into a most unusual but tasty blue cheese ice-cream - the ideal partner for our nut pie. Starters come with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc EQ, followed by a complimentary bottle of wine with the main meal - we tried the award-winning Syrah EQ.

The restaurant is open for lunch only, and is closed on Mondays. It’s sometimes busy with winery tours or corporate events a, but staff are happy to fix you something light - perhaps a BLT - to eat on your terrace or by the pool.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Half-board
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu


  • You're here to explore the world of wine so kick off with a free tour of Matetic's vineyards and winery. You'll learn about the principles of organic winemaking, bottling and storage, and can then taste some of the estate's creations - the Syrah, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are world-class

  • If you visit during harvest season (February-May), you can help out with production or take a specialised tour of each stage of the process

  • Go horse riding through the Rosario Valley to admire spectacular ravines and hilltop views

  • Hike along the 'Huayan Trail'; there are a number of self-guided walks and your hosts will point you in the right direction

  • The estancia organises trips to the house of Pablo Neruda (with prior notice), a Chilean poet famous for his varied style, political manifestos and erotic love poems. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971 and his house in Isla Negra is now a museum and tribute to his life's works

  • Spend a day in Valparaíso, Chile's main port and a fabulous city set among vertiginous hills. Colourful houses dot the hillside and funicular railways crawl up the cobbled streets, offering fantastic views at the top. Close by, Viña del Mar is Chile's trendiest beach resort and well worth a visit

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Wine tasting


Children are welcome, and reduced rates are available for those staying in their own room. There are cots for under 2s and extra beds for those aged up to 11. Children ages 0-4 stay free of charge when sleeping in their parents bed. Older children will enjoy the pool and the activities on offer.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:

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