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Wine Tours in Chile

Santiago

Capital of the Republic of Chile, Santiago is the cultural, administrative and financial center, as well as the most important metropolis of the country. Also known as Greater Santiago, it is located in the Maipo valley, encased by the mountains of the west coast and by the Chacabuco and Angostura mountain ranges to the north and south, respectively. The Andes is the east backdrop of the city. Santiago de Chile has Mediterranean continental cold climate with an extended season.

The city of Santiago de Chile has an intense cultural life. There are almost 40 art galleries and 30 museums of varied styles to visit. As regards tourism, downtown is the meeting point of all visitors. The bohemian Bella Vista neighborhood stands out for its distinguished restaurants, art galleries, pubs and houses of famous writers. Other neighborhoods with modern buildings and peaceful environment are Las Condes and Providencia. When visiting Cerro San Cristóbal, you will enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the city and you will go round the Zoological Garden.

Wine regions

Maipo Valley

Valle de Maipo

Close to the capital Santiago, the Maipo Valley is the birthplace of Chile's wine production. To this day, it is the best known wine region of Chile. The Maipo Valley produces the most successful export wines in the country and features the most important dates of viticultural tradition.

Located well protected in between the Andes and coastal mountain range, the Valley is crossed by the two major rivers Maipo and Mapocho. Most of the country's oldest wineries are based in the Maipo Valley, expanding more and more to other wine regions: Concha y Toro (the biggest wine cellar in Chile), Santa Rita, Cousiño Macul, Tarapacá, Carmen, Barón de Rothschild. The wineries of Antiyal and Pargua produce organic wines of good quality. A big advantage of the region is being close to Santiago with its many wine pubs, specialized wine stores and good restaurants.

Colchagua Valley

Valle de Colchagua

The Tinguiririca river valley has similar climatic and edaphological characteristics as the neighboring Cochopoal Valley: Mediterranean temperatures, well protected and sunny wineries, clayey soils rich in minerals. Both regions form the Rapel Valley that produces premium quality Chilean wines: Montes Alpha, Folly and Clos Apalta. This cultivation area is known all over the world for producing value wines, for preserving Chilean cultural traditions and customs, and for providing good offers in wine tourism.

1996, the first Chilean wine route was created in the Colchagua Valley. Famous wineries such as Lapostolle, Casa Silva, Montes, Laura Hartwig, Estampa or Montgras opened their doors to visitors. Ruta I-50 is the north-south connecting highway between Panamericana and Pacific, and since 2001 it has been known as «Carretera del Vino».

Casablanca Valley

Valle de Casablanca

Lying in between the Andes and coastal mountain range, the rather cooler Casablanca Valley is located about 60 km from Santiago at the mainroad to the Pacific. The climate is strongly influenced by the sea, providing constant humid air due to a heavy morning fog. Soils are natural, clayey and rich in minerals of the Andean snowmelt. The cooler climate make Casablanca ideal for cultivating white grapes. Almost three fourth of the acreage is Chardonnay.

Since many tourists take the wine route 68 from Santiago to Valparaíso, wine tourism has established quickly in the Casablanca Valley. Wineries such as Morandé, Concha and Toro, Santa Emiliana or Santa Carolina are open to visitors, offering wine tastings, traditional coach tours, or lunch in selected gourmet restaurants.

Aconcagua Valley

Valle de Aconcagua

A hundred kilometers north of Santiago the Aconcagua river flows through the Central Valley from east to west. The river rises near the mountain of the same name, an almost 7000 m high Andean peak, and flows into the Pacific, close to Valparaíso. The Mediterranean climate of the Aconcagua Valley provides hot days and cool humid nights – ideal conditions for viticulture.

Cabernet Franc, the Syrah of Viña Errázuriz has become a successful wine. Though only a bit more than ten percent of the vine acreage are cultivated by Syrah, it is considered as being a characteristic wine of the Aconcagua Valley. A great variety of wine cellars and small wineries are open to visitors.

San Antonio Valley

Valle de San Antonio

Close by to the seaport San Antonio and one hour drive to Santiago, San Antonio is a new discovery of Chile's wine regions with exciting potential. For ten years and an ever increasing success, wines are being produced in the Valley such as exclusive Sauvignon Blancs, Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. The first wineries established in the San Antonio Valley were Matetic, Garcés Silva and Casa Marín. Looking for ways to differentiate their wines, the wineries contribute to an outstanding characteristic wine production of this region.

Cachapoal Valley

Valle de Cachapoa

About a hundred km south of Santiago. Regions with characteristic microclimates (depending on the proximity to the Pacific and the Andes) create favorable conditions for a number of grape varieties. The majority of the principal grape varieties grow here, such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Carmenére and Malbec). Particularly successful had been the rather low-yielding and less cultivated varieties Merlot and Carmenére.

The Cachapoal Valley, particularly Alto Cachapoal close to the coastal mountain range, have been the center of attention among French investors and wine lovers. The wine route Alto Cachapoal is easily accessible and lined with many famous wineries, such as those of Altair, Morandé, Anakena, Misiones de Rengo, or Chateau Los Boldos.

Elqui Valley

Valle de Elqui

Five hundred kilometers from Santiago, the Elqui Valley forms the northern borderline of Chile's wine regions. Climate conditions for growing wine are excellent: hot, a bit windy and dry, with only 130 mm rainfall yearly. An integrated irrigation system (big water tanks being connected by canals with one another) and nutrient-rich, water-storing and heavy soils provide harvests of ripe and sweet grapes that are used in the pisco production, a brandy considered as Chile's national drink. Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenère, Chardonnay and some Syrah are cultivated.

The wineries Falernia and Cavas del Valle are open to visitors. Cavas del Valle is one of the smallest wineries in Chile and handcrafts organic wine in a very caring way. Valle del Elqui is one of Chile's most beautiful natural areas.

Curicó Valley

Valle de Curicó

Curico is the most southerly wine region, about 220 km from Santiago. It is characterized by a moderate Mediterranean climate with hot summer days and cool humid nights. This region comprises the biggest acreage of white grape varieties in the country. The origins of wine cultivation in Curico go back to the winegrowing family Correa Albano who introduced noble French grape varieties in 1851 to this region. Close to the town of Molina, there is the third biggest winery in Chile, Vina San Pedro.

Ideal itinerary!

Day 1

Arrival to Santiago

  • Transfer airport-hotel.

  • Santiago City tour.

Day 2

Casablanca & San Antonio

  • Wineries in Casablanca & San Antonio.

Day 3

Colchagua

  • Wineries in Colchagua.

Day 4

Departure

  • Transfer hotel-aeropuerto.