Absolute Travel raises a glass to Sun Valley Center for the Arts in celebration of their success raising $1.4 million in this year’s annual Wine Auction, with $28,000 generated from Absolute Travel’s Chilean Wine Journey! The auction, which is held in Sun Valley, Idaho, draws wine and art enthusiasts from around the country. 100% of proceeds go directly toward the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, which offers programming in fine art and music for the Blaine County School District.
For the second year in the row, Absolute Travel has collaborated with valued partners to offer a wine-focused journey for their live auction. This year, in collaboration with Viña Vik, Lastarria Hotels and Puma Lodge, Absolute Travel contributed a seven-day journey through Chilean wine country. Beginning and ending in Santiago, the tour celebrates Chile’s wine culture from the Millahue Valley to the Andes Mountains.
Highlights of the journey include a stay at the Lastarria Boutique Hotel. The residence, built in 1927, is located in the bohemian neighborhood of Lastarria, an avant-garde borough known for its fine restaurants, pubs, cafes, and museums.
Lastarria is the perfect location from which to explore one of Chile’s oldest, most renowned vineyards, Santo Carolina Winery. The principle warehouse of the winery, designed and constructed by French architect Emile Doyeré, was declared a national monument in 1973.
The journey takes guests from one of the oldest wineries to one of the newest, our preferred property, Viña Vik. Located in the Millahue Valley, Viña Vik is a prestigious winery and world-class lodge. The property is designed holistically to be in harmony with the natural beauty and pulse of the surrounding area.
The lodge features 360-degree views of the landscape, artisanal décor, and luxurious amenities (such as wine treatments at the full-service spa)—the perfect setting to enjoy the much-praised signature Vik vintage.
Tours of the vineyards, sampling sessions at the winery, and outdoor activities held on the vast property (including horseback riding, trekking, and mountain biking) allow guests to savor the treasures of this aptly named “land of gold.”
Journeying deeper into the Chilean countryside, the tour closes with a stay at the luxurious Puma Lodge. Situated amongst a nature preserve in the Andes Mountains, in addition to picturesque views, Puma Lodge boasts its own wine cellar and tasting room where guests may enjoy the lodge’s superb collection.
Thank you to our own Sasha Lehman, who established our connection to this incredible organization, and to Jessica Weeman for representing Absolute Travel at the event, our partners Viña Vik, Puma Lodge, and Lastarria for contributing to the journey, and Sun Valley Center for the Arts for inviting us to participate in this enriching (and delicious!) event.
Whether you’re a connoisseur who wants to make wine the focus of your journey, or an enthusiast who just loves vino, our tasting tours will have you uncorking fantastic bottles in unforgettable settings. Explore luxury wine tours with Absolute Travel here, and get in touch with one of our luxury travel specialists for more information on creating your own custom wine trip.