This is perhaps the most "Californian" of all Chile wineries due to its founders, the Hunees family, who have their roots in Napa Valley -- in fact, Veramonte's first vintages (1995-97) were bottled in California! More than 85% of their wine is exported to the U.S. Veramonte's vineyards are designed for mechanical harvest, and their state-of-the-art facility is capable of crushing 75 tons of grapes per day. Wine tours begin out in the vineyards with a detailed explanation of the characteristics of the grapes and the features of the terrain before proceeding to an explanation of the manufacturing process, and finishing in the attractive tasting room, which has a soaring rotunda and glass walls that let you peek into the barrel caves below -- still, it's a "stand-up" winery that's better for a quick tasting, not a tour. Tastings cost $2 (£1.35) for two wines, or $3 (£2) for a tasting of their top cabernet-merlot blend, Primus.