Casonas in Chilean wine country
Traditionally the home of the owner, most historic wineries have a casona (house) offering a cosy stay with wine-paired evening meals. In the middle of Santa Rita’s Maipo estate is its handsome Casa Real Hotel (www. santarita.com/international/casa-real-hotel), with 16 rooms in a well-preserved 18th century mansion. Further south in Colchagua, Casa Silva’s century- old family home in the vineyard also moonlights as a boutique hotel (www.casasilva.cl/hotel.html). And on the road between Casablanca and San Antonio lies the 160ha biodynamic estate of Matetic (www.matetic.com), where you can spend the night in one of eight well-appointed rooms in the colonial-style casona surrounded by handsome gardens, with a sleek swimming pool.