updated 6/7/2011 10:18:40 AM ET 2011-06-07T14:18:40

One Wine Enthusiast Will Win Airfare for Two on LAN Airlines and a Five-Night Stay at Valle Nevado Ski Resort

NEW YORK, June 7, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Wines of Chile Experience, supported by ProChile, announces Sips & Slopes, a competition in which one passionate wine and ski enthusiast and a guest will win a five–night stay at Chile's largest ski resort, Valle Nevado, including two round-trip airline tickets on LAN airlines. By composing and tweeting an original haiku about Chile using the hashtag #SipsSlopes, applicants to Sips & Slopes will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the world-class wine and landscapes that make Chile the ultimate travel destination.

"Chile has one of the most diverse landscapes in the world," says Lori Tieszen, Executive Director of Wines of Chile USA. "The varying topography of this dynamic country provides the perfect conditions for skiing as well as an ideal climate for the production of a diverse range of wines – two things the winner of our Sips & Slopes winner will have the chance to enjoy firsthand."

The riches of Chile's majestic landscapes—encompassing the windswept plains and granite spires of Patagonia, golden beaches, grape-filled valleys, the snowy slopes of the Andes, and otherworldly desert expanses—is rivaled only by the country's prodigious literary heritage. With greats like Pablo Neruda, Gabriela Mistral and Isabel Allende, it is little wonder that Chile is known as un pais de poetas -- a country of poets.



Applicants to Sips & Slopes will be asked to tap into their own poetic side and tweet a haiku that represents their take on the lyricism of Chile: vistas, wine, words. The winner will fly to Santiago on LAN Airlines, South America's premier airline, and stay at the breathtaking Valle Nevado for five-nights filled with fine cuisine, award-winning wines and unparalleled skiing at Chile's largest and most modern ski resort.

Applications for Sips & Slopes will be accepted from June 2, 2011 until June 30, 2011. Only one entry per person and Twitter account will be accepted. Each entry will be reviewed for creativity, relevance and adherence to the haiku format. The winner will be announced on or around July 7, 2011.

To learn more about the Wines of Chile Experience and to apply to Sips & Slopes please visit http://www.facebook.com/WinesOfChile.

About The Wines of Chile Experience

The Wines of Chile Experience promotes wine tourism in Chile. A destination that offers endless opportunities for real exploration, wine country in Chile is poised to become the next true discovery. Based in New York City, the Wines of Chile Experience is part of Wines of Chile and supported by ProChile. For more information on the Wines of Chile Experience, please visit www.chilewinetourism.com .

About Valle Nevado

Valle Nevado Ski Resort is located at nearly 10,000 feet in the Andes Mountains, just 1.5 hours from Santiago's airport (37 miles), offering quick and easy access for international travelers. The resort, established in 1988, offers its guests access to the largest skiable domain in South America and world-class heli-skiing deep in the Andes, for a total of nearly 7,000 acres of terrain and a modern lift system. Valle Nevado offers more of a mountain infrastructure than any other Chile resort, with boutique shops, 3 hotels, private apartments, 6 restaurants, a full-service spa and fitness center, cinema, library, bars and lounges, a pub with live music -- and magnificent views of the Andes.

About LAN Airlines

LAN Airlines is one of the leading passenger and cargo airlines in Latin America. Currently, LAN Airlines and its affiliates operate one of the most modern fleets in the world, with 118 passenger aircraft serving over 70 destinations around the world. The Company has one of the youngest fleets in the world, which has meant greater efficiency and a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, reflecting its strong commitment to environmental protection. For more information please visit  www.lan.com  or  www.oneworldalliance.com .

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