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Vina Vik, artistic and wine dream

In 2004 Alexander Vik, a Swedish businessman, decided to create the best wine in the world. After long researches around the world, he sets his sights on a set of hills in the Chilean valley of Millahue, where the vines had never been planted

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Then he made more than 6,000 field studies carried out, almost one every 100 m, in order to know the soil content perfectly to plant the most appropriate grape variety. In 2006, the architect Smiljan Radic was chosen to create a huge futuristic winery to receive the future harvest of the property. And since the architect was on site, Alexander Vik entrusted him with the construction of an equally futuristic hotel to accommodate friends and customers and, also, the owner’s art collection.

The 22 rooms of the Hotel Vik are all different, each having been created by a South American artist (Gonzalo Cienfuegos, Patricia Fernández, Felipe Cusicanqui, Roberto Matta, Marcela Correa, Enrique Zamudio, Carlos Leppe…) or decorated with works of art around a particular theme. Since then, the estate has prospered. With a wine made from 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Carménère, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 4% Syrah, Alexander is on the verge of realizing his bet. His wine is already considered one of the best in Chile.

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