Antiyal began as a small plot of land when it was bought by Alvaro Espinoza and his wife Marina back in 1996. Hailing from a family of winemakers, Alvaro’s first priority was planting the vines. Grapes sowed, he set about building a house from adobe bricks and recycled materials, such as reclaimed Chilean alerce wood from houses or unused telegraph poles. A couple of decades later, Antiyal wine is exported to 16 countries worldwide, and the vineyard now stretches 52 acres (with a second plot a few miles down the road).
The original family home has now been turned into a B&B that has guests immediately wanting to kick off their shoes, wander barefoot through the large garden, and jump in the pool. The terra-cotta roof, distressed French windows, and patio lined with wooden pillars (the telegraph poles) create a sense of history—even though the building is less than 20 years old. Outside, guests can laze in hammocks or enjoy meals at the long wooden table in the barbecue area. Marina, Alvaro, or one of their three sons pop in each morning to rustle up breakfast.
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Around 30 miles south of Santiago, Antiyal sits in the Maipo Valley and can be reached in an hour by car. This part of Chile is lined with fruit trees, vines laden with grapes, and roadside stalls selling delicious produce from the surrounding fields. There are plenty of wineries to visit in the vicinity (such as the historic Santa Rita or Concha y Toro http://www.afar.com/places/pirque-santiago), but the first point of call must be the Antiyal Winery for a tour and tasting with owners Alvaro and Marina. The first family-run “garage winery” to open in Chile, Antiyal's name is Mapuche (native Chilean) and means “sons of the sun.” The vineyard produces three labels—including one pure carménère blend—all organic, hand-picked, and biodynamic.
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Rooms: Five bedrooms (two master bedrooms, two twins, and one single). From $113 for one room, or $180 for the whole house. Rates include breakfast. Check-in: Negotiable, depending on when you would like to arrive and leave. Dining options: Breakfast is prepared by one of the family members and includes fresh fruit, juice, tomato and avocado, ham, cheese, fresh bread, and scrambled eggs. All of the produce is seasonal and locally sourced. This is Chile’s breadbasket, after all, so the fruit and vegetables are fresh and flavorful. Right beside the B&B, a small restaurant is open for lunch, and most guests fire up the barbecue in the evenings. Spa and gym details: No spa or gym, just a large outdoor swimming pool.
Who's it for: Antiyal is rustic and stylish, and families, couples, and groups of friends feel right at home. This is a great base for in-the-know wine lovers who plan to visit the region's wineries. Guests who prefer to be left to their own devices rather than be waited on hand and foot will enjoy this B&B. Our favorite rooms: There are two double bedrooms, two twins, and one single bedroom leading off from one of the master doubles, which is en suite and sits at the end of a passageway. The rooms are minimalist and cottagelike, with simple wooden furniture and cozy rugs at the ends of the beds. Plan ahead: Look up Chilean holidays to make sure your trip doesn’t coincide with a bank holiday or Independence Day (September 18), when places like Antiyal B&B get snapped up.