The journey starts with a drive through Coquimbo before heading inland toward Ovalle. As we head inland from the coast, the scenery takes on a noticeably greener hue as lush, rolling valleys replace the arid coastal landscape before we reach the Enchanted Valley. Excavations in this valley show that groups of hunter-gatherers have inhabited this area for almost 4,000 years, and they now stand as an open-air museum and a site of great scientific and cultural interest.
The main attractions here are the many examples of pictographs and petroglyphs in the hillsides, providing a reminder of times when the Indians of the El Molle Culture inhabited this valley of gargantuan boulders and murmuring streams. This valley is also of important agricultural significance as it, together with the Elqui and Choapa valleys, boasts rich and fertile valleys running across coastal mountains of semi-arid scrubland. A rich tapestry of crops covers the valley, especially the green carpets of grapes grown in impressive vineyards both for the table grapes and wine.
Next up, we continue to Tabalí Winery. It is located in the Limarí Valley in the northernmost wine-growing region of Chile. This magical territory was discovered by entrepreneur Guillermo Luksic Craig – a pioneer in the planting of vineyards in this area. Tabalí means "passage of waters" in the dialect of the Diaguita culture, whose ancestors discovered the area. In the winery's first year, 2003, Tabalí obtained 24 medals. This vineyard is well known for its unique blends of varietals such as Viognier, Sangiovese and Carmenere. Upon arrival, a guided tour of the winery will be given, followed by an excellent tasting of its most representative wines.