Chateau DeFay
Chateau DeFay
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steve p
Potsdam, NY79 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Real shame the place has gone downhill. Last visited 7 years ago, packed house, attentive staff, decent wine (it IS/WAS a winery after all) and great French cuisine. Went today...really no wine of their own anymore. They sell you Argentinian wine 4x of the price elsewhere. Food was HORRIBLE, raw fish thar was supposed to be fried and they argued about the fact that their overhead was so high that they have to sell inferior products at premium prices. Pretty location, but STAY AWAY!
Written 21 January 2024
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Kareen C
USA197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Beautiful place, easy access with newly built roads, and very friendly staff that made sure we had the best experience.
Written 28 July 2022
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Estefania Arrivillaga
Antigua, Guatemala13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
Beautiful place to visit with family and the pizzas are incredible. Customer service is 10/10 and very affordable. You must come!
Written 2 January 2022
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Andrea H
Rhinebeck, NY82 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
An unusual place to find in Guatemala, Chateau de Fay is a nice half-day trip. It is a reconstructed French chateau, much like the wine tasting experiences in France. The main reason to go are the gorgeous views, high up on Agua volcano. Once there, you can have a tasting, tour, and lunch. However, I recommend sticking to lunch, because with Covid the winery seems to have suspended its own production, so the wine you will encounter may be from Argentina. We had a terrific antipasto and the aforementioned wine was drinkable and pleasant.
Getting to the Chateau is now much easier....from Antigua it is a steep road to Santa Maria de Jesus, through the town, and then on to a newly built road that is one of the best I have seen in Guatemala. You can continue down the other side of Agua through 3 microclimates to Palin, putting you closer to GC but now at least an hour from Antigua.
Written 24 September 2021
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Janice20148
Washington DC, DC72 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
Worth spending an afternoon. The lunch menu was fantastic. The wine was only OK. The tour we went on was all in Spanish. It’s unclear if there were English options. I’d recommend skipping the tour. Having lunch and enjoying the view. We didn’t feel unsafe on the road up to the winery but it was definitely a bit isolated.
Written 3 January 2021
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antonio a
21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The road to Chateau Defay is terrible, at least 3 to 5 kms. Is a kind of dangerous because you have to drive between 10 and 20 kms/hr, it seems an appropriate place for robbers to take advantage (don't even think travel this route after 5pm and don't take the route from Palin, use always the Antigua and Santa Maria one). The vineyard is a nice place but not expect something spectacular.

The weather is perfect and the wine just ok. Kindly people will welcome you and invite you to the wine tour (Q60 p/person including a wine tasting at the end). There is no problem in case you don't have to take the tour, you can walk and see the beautiful landscape and vineyard, and you can enjoy very limited glass of wine from Q30.00 (Moscatel is delicious) to Q60.00.

I think they could do it better if they had a better menu, some kind of cheese or desserts you can enjoy with the wine. But there isn't.

You definitely could take good pictures, enjoy the weather, the landscape and probably the wine tasting too.
Written 6 January 2020
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chicagowrtr
London, UK52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
I also read the review about someone being robbed, didn't have that problem at all. Such a cool place, the castle was awesome! We were able to arrange a private shuttle for three people from Antigua and they waited while we did a tour and and tasted some wine. It was well worth the trip, and about 20 mins from Antigua.
Written 20 June 2015
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tourgoddess
Reno Nevada175 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Friends
I just read the previous review about being robbed on the road to Chateau DeFay. Terrible story and not one we experienced...although the road is hard and it takes effort. But the drive was very picturesque...coffee farmers coming up the hills with horses laden with sacks, stunning mountain vistas, passing through a village where time almost seemed to stand still... The winery is an amazing surprise...its whiteness and chateau shape standing out strangely. Very little English was spoken so we didn't get a lot out of the content but for a small fee we got to taste.Most were too sweet for my tastes but we loved the novelty of the only winery in Guatemala. Only worth the trip if you've been in the area for days and want to continue to explore. It took longer to get there from Antigua than we were at the winery!
Written 3 February 2015
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Rinske S
Guatemala City, Guatemala1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Friends
A few weeks ago we went to visit the Chateau Defay on the 29th of December to do the wine tasting tour. We really enjoyed the wine tasting but the place is very dangerous. When we drove out of the vineyard we got robbed by 5 armed guys who take all our belongings. We tried to contact the owners of this Chateau but they never responded us. We drove to the police and they told us it happens often on the road near the Chateau. Including, they seem to know the guys and they are apparently from the gang Los Rebecca. Our tour guide (Alvaro Guillermo Andrade) at the chateau never warned us for the danger. It's unfortunate, but we will never go back here again. This area is really dangerous.
Written 8 January 2015
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Saragomez5
Guatemala City, Guatemala37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I heard of this place from a friend and couldn't make it until now in an urge to visit unknown places in my country.
You must visit it during November, December for the weather and sunsets in Sacatepequez.
The road to Santa Maria de Jesus is really nice! But, from that town to the Chateau De Fay is unpacked road so you better take a high car (pickup or van)
There you find this place where you can see in persona the vision of a French visitor that beloved that Guatemala can have wine in its lands.
You can take a tour which right now is not in production but you will be able to enjoy its skylines. And it finish with wine degustation so yummy.
For me, the timing to visit was perfect. Middle of the day to make the tour and then have a delicious lunch. So you can leave the place in daylight.
And get back headed to Antigua to have a great night!!!
Written 11 December 2014
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