We had one more stop on route to Santiago. Talca is known as the gateway to the Maule Valley, which means one thing, wine country!
After the limited views of volcanoes we’d had in Pucon, suddenly they were everywhere. The sun was shining, the weather was warm, and we were in wine country – things were looking up!
We only had one full day in Talca – Sunday. So unfortunately everything was shut, including the wineries. In town, the streets were dead as everyone was either at church or at home. Sometimes we still forget things aren’t always open 24/7. Luckily we found a supermarket that was open, so we stocked up on food, and of course, wine to get us through the day.
Back at the hotel, we were making dinner when the owner came and told us we were the only people staying in the hotel that night. We took that as an invitation to take over the common room and make noise for once. Chaos ensued and we had a fun night sharing stories, drinking, singing and dancing. Travelling with Erin and Craig was proving to be a great decision – we were having a ball.
The next morning before our bus to Santiago, we had just enough time to take a trip out to Balduzzi Winery for a quick tasting before lunch. Balduzzi was a lovely winery in a great setting, and we tried some delicious Chardonnay, Carmenere, Cab Sav and Late Harvest varieties.
We even had an opportunity to stop and drink a lovely bottle of their Chardonnay in the garden of the winery, before heading back into Talca for our bus ride into Santiago. At times, travelling can be tough – this wasn’t one of those times. After just the short time we’d been in Chile, their wine was knocking my socks off. It was outstanding, especially the Carmenere.
We were pretty happy. The weather was improving, we were in great company, and our next stop was Santiago, a city we’ve both been looking forward to visiting.