The world-famous Lapostolle Winery has long been a bastion of gastronomic delight for locals and travelers alike. Founded by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle – of the famed Marnier-Lapostolle wine and spirits family – and her husband, Cyril de Bournet, the Lapostolle Winery has become one of the most unique vacation destinations in Chile, offering sophisticated comfort, exquisite views, and artful Franco-Chilean cuisine paired exceptionally well with Lapostolle wines.
Recently, Lapostolle proudly opened the Casa Parrón restaurant, its second high-end culinary establishment. As the Relais & Châteaux-recognized Lapostolle Residence's dining room is only available to guests, this is the first establishment open to the general public. Headed by Executive Chef and Residence Manager Maricarmen Lecumberri, Lapostolle's team of highly-trained chefsoffer traditional Chilean fare with a French twist, using seasonal and local ingredients harvested from their very own organic and biodynamic gardens.
Picturesque Dining Atmosphere
Nestled between the foothills of the Chilean Coastal Cordillera and the rolling hills of the Colchagua Valley, Lapostolle offers guests a wealth of gorgeous scenery with over 200 hectares of vineyards and the greenery-adorned Apalta hills as a backdrop. Located in the middle of their vineyard, Casa Parrón itself is an old adobe house that has been fully restored and furnished in the Provençalstyle, all while maintaining its original rustic, Chilean charm.
Patrons are invited to sit outside under the terraced and vine-covered pergola (Parrón means pergola in Spanish) to enjoy the scenery. Casa Parrón can accommodate 30-40 guests for its lunch service, making it an exclusive dining destination for Lapostolle Residence visitors.
Organic and Seasonal Cuisine
With their single vineyards, Apalta and Atalayas, having been certified as organically managed by CERES in 2011, Lapostolle has shown a strong commitment to running an environmentally sound and sustainable property. Their adherence to not using any artificial fertilizers, chemical pesticides, herbicides, plant growth regulators or genetically modified organisms comes through in the crisp freshness and full flavors of the produce drawn from its on-premise gardens. Casa Parrón cultivates and serves, depending on the season, their own runner beans, tomatoes, greens, peas, artichokes, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, onions, carrots, olives (used to make their own oil), physallis, peppers, chilies, honey, eggs and milk. Anything not produced on the property are sourced from fine purveyors and local markets.
As with all things at Lapostolle, the wine comes first. The chefs at Casa Parrón have developed a menu that changes seasonally, designed to showcase the distinct, award-winning flavors of Lapostolle wines. Guests are given the choice of three tasting menus, each with four courses and corresponding drink pairings. The tiers start at the Casa level ($60 USD p/p), moving to the Cuvée Alexandre ($80 USD p/p) and finally the Clos Apalta ($120 USD p/p). A sampling of the unique dishes and wine pairings include:
· Salmon caviar over avocado soup and tomato brunoise, paired with Lapostolle Casa Sauvignon Blanc 2012 or a KAPPA Sour
· Spicy shrimp over pebre de mote and salad bouquet, paired with Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre Chardonnay 2011
· Grilled Duck Maigret with Merlot Sauce, with sweet potato mash and baked apples, paired with Lapostolle Canto de Apalta 2010
· Steak with Clos sauce, with potatoes and pumpkin millefeuille and ratatouille, paired with Lapostolle Clos Apalta 2009
· Orange Suspiro, paired with Grand Marnier
Along with the detailed and distinctive menu, Casa Parrón employs a well-trained and knowledgeable wait staff to answer any questions and ensure an elegant dining experience. Casa Parrón at Lapostolle creates a singular culinary sensation for its guests and is sure to become one of the region's finest dining destinations.