Place of Gold: VIK is a must when in Chile; an out of this world experience!
VIK Vineyard, in Millahue, Chile, is a very special destination, noted for its natural beauty, its striking modern winery, a luxurious retreat, and a great range of activities for its guests. With holism as the guiding force, every element at VIK comes together to create what is a truly innovative and remarkable experience.
At VIK, some of the most knowledgeable and passionate wine professionals have teamed up with the singular mission to produce the best wine that this exceptional terroir can offer. The goal from inception has been to have VIK join the pantheon of the great wines of the world. The vineyard’s location, in this picturesque valley, was selected only after two years of intensive scientific research to find the ideal terroir from which grow the finest grapes, which would then be transformed into a range of extraordinary wines.
The selection of rootstocks and plantation sites were also carefully chosen, following more than 4,000 meticulous deep-soil studies conducted to ensure that each block of land afforded the optimal growing conditions for each particular stock and grape varietal. This exhaustive research concluded, at last, that here was the optimal location to grow the perfect grape. The property consists of 12 expansive valleys situated on 11,000 acres (4,450ha), and grape varietals grown at this remarkable vineyard consist of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.
Nearly a decade in the making, VIK Vineyard released its premier vintage, VIK, in 2015, followed by the debut of Milla Cala in late 2016. Milla Cala has its own distinct personality that still reflects the holistic VIK philosophy. The portfolio will be joined by a new wine, La Piu Belle, in summer 2017.
The VIK Winery was designed in collaboration with Chilean architect Smiljan Radic, who was selected after a lengthy competition. It is located at the end of the beautiful Millahue Valley, whose name means “place of gold” in the Mapuche language. The winery’s design features a unique, transparent, stretched-fabric roof that allows for natural sunlight to permeate the winery and for it thus to operate without artificial lighting. The entrance to the winery is visually stunning: A gently sloping plaza ripples with running water, which provides an additional cooling element. Dotted throughout the plaza is a sculptural installation also by Radic along with his wife, the sculptor Marcela Correa. Walkways have been cut into the plaza, allowing visitors to move through the water-filled landscape.
Working in tandem with the VIK Winery, and perched on a hilltop amid the valleys, the property’s hotel, Viña Vik, boasts 360-degree views across the breathtaking landscape. Featuring a floating sculptural roof of bronzed titanium, inspired by the surrounding mountains and the movement of the wind, it is also visually arresting, unique and imaginative in its conception. Each of the spectacular 22 guest suites offers floor-to-ceiling windows, from which there are expansive views across the vineyard, as well as original artworks and individual designer decor, promising a truly memorable stay.
During their stay, visitors will enjoy an unparalleled wine, culinary, and travel experience. This can include private tastings led by VIK enologists, guided tours of the winery, and cookery classes, plus incredible dining at the hotel’s signature gastronomic restaurant Milla Milla. Guests are also invited to relax in Viña Vik’s indulgent Wine Spa, whose truly one-of-a-kind massage, facial, aromatherapy, and body-scrub treatments incorporate such natural wonders as anti-aging polyphenols from VIK grapes; there’s even a rejuvenating wine bath. And if all that’s not enough, there is a wide variety of other activities on offer, including mountain-biking, yoga, nature hikes, stargazing, birdwatching, hot-air ballooning, and horseback excursions.