Central + South America VINA VIK, MILLAHUE Two hours South of Santiago tucked down an un-ostentatious driveway lies one of the biggest projects undertaken in Chile’s wine region. Alexander Vik, owner of three hotels in Uruguay, is on a crusade to produce a top cabernet-based wine. The winery and hotel have been built at the head of a valley with commanding views. Highlights An excellent hiatus for wine and food lovers Viniculture in the most modern form Riding through the vvineyard is the perfect way to appreciate the scenery Scandinavian style elegance and each suite is adorned with works by a renowned Chilean artist a wine lovers treat This is Vina Vik’s first season of being fully open, although it has been receiving a small number of guests in the owner’s private accommodation during the construction of the main hotel building. We visited during this period and were super impressed by the service, quality of the food and the peacefulness of the surroundings. The Vik’s deliver nothing short of perfection and this could be as much recognised in the simpleness of the design so as not to compete with the natural beauty of the valley in which the property lies. The main hotel building has been built a safe distance from the space-ship module which houses the wine-making facility and small visitors center. Each of the suites are decorated in the now familiar Vik style of providing an art experience and this time with a selection of individual Chilean artists. And for activities during the day, a charming gaucho appears at the main entrance with a string of beautiful saddled horses to take you on a gentle tour of the vineyard. Alpaca ponchos and riding hats are even provided. Hiking or an afternoon learning about the production process of the wine are also good ways to work up an appetitie for dinner.