Authentic Winemaking Experience in Costa Rica
Costa Rica Wine Tour
Copey Estate Winery is located between the high mountains of the Dota canton, a pioneer company in the production of high-quality wine and cape gooseberry liquor in Central America.
The Copey Wine Tour experience includes a tasting and pairing surrounded by the majestic forest reserve of Los Santos.
The Costa Rica Wine Tour Experience takes place in a unique setting in the country, on a farm located practically in the center of the country, at an altitude of 2,300 meters (7,500 feet), where they produce red wine from Syrah, Cabernet, Malbec, Grenache, and Pinot Noir, among other grapes, as well as a white wine made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape.
Likewise, the production of cape gooseberry stands out, which allowed them to create the first national liquor of this ancient fruit called Golden Rush.
The mild climate and high solar radiation during most of the year are the perfect combinations to create incredible fruit flavors in that region. In addition, the soil in this area is atypical for Costa Rica, since it is very porous and at the same time consistent, in which many small volcanic rocks are found.
Currently, the farm has several species of grapes planted, including Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Malbec, among others.
Tour of the National Production of Premium Wine & Liquors
The tour is carried out through a property that offers its visitors the possibility of walking in the middle of vineyards while learning about the production of liquors made with grapes and cape gooseberry and enjoying an exclusive tasting with six different liquors and their respective pairings.
Also, the "Copey Wine Tour" lasts two hours, plus 30 minutes free for visitors to take pictures and enjoy various attractions of the farm, which is made up of 110 hectares in total. Of these, 15 hectares correspond to the vineyards, and five hectares are destined for the cultivation of the goldenberry or cape gooseberry, as this fruit is popularly known in Costa Rica, and the rest is for environmental conservation.
After 10 years of research, Copey Estate Winery -the only company of its kind in the region- managed to adapt its grape harvest to produce wine with international standards. In parallel, they experimented with cape gooseberry production.
Tropicalizing a Unique Product
The owners of Copey Estate Winery, Niv Benyehuda, and Karen Retana arrived in Costa Rica 12 years ago with the aim of planting vineyards in Copey, Dota, at 2,300 meters above sea level; according to experts, something out of the ordinary for wine production.
According to Niv Benyehuda, Costa Rica is not a grape zone; however, there has been a very interesting learning process for everyone. Thanks to the knowledge initially acquired with the consultants, added to a decade of effort, testing, and perseverance, Niv, Rolando Serrano -who is the general manager of the project- and his work team, a series of protocols and procedures were customized, as well as pruning methods, that allowed to obtain this great result.
Currently, once a year a unique and high-quality grape harvest is obtained for the wine that is produced on the land of Copey Estate Winery.
“Something very important to note is that all the grapes grow exclusively on our farm, which allows us to maintain total control from land preparation to planting, care, harvest, and subsequent production. As far as cape gooseberry is concerned, we promote and support a special program with small farmers in the area, so that they supply us with the production and demand that we generate with Golden Rush," concluded Niv Benyehuda.
About the Tour
The tour contemplates two schedules from 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
The regular tour leaves with a minimum of 4 people, but that does not mean that 4 people must be booked, it can be one. The organization puts together the groups with the people who are reserving, and if it does not meet the minimum, it is rescheduled.
Two simultaneous groups go from 4 to 20 people maximum.
The wine tour experience is part of our farm to table rural tour of 3 days and 2 nights where you will visit different farms and learn about the production process of several delicious fruits and products like apples, coffee, artisan beer, avocado, peaches, and on top, you will experience personalized tasting menus prepared with all those fresh and organic local products from the farm to your table.
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Learn more about our Costa Rican food experiences by checking our "Food Tours in San Jose" section.