One of the best things about visiting Chile is that in just a couple of hours you can make it from the heart of the desert to the beach, from snow capped mountaintops to the city, or from the countryside to the depths of former mines. Even better yet, you can do this all with a glass of wine in hand. Check out these fantastic tours which offer more than just wine.
Wine and snow
A little more than 2,500 metres above sea level we find Portillo, the first ski resort established in South America. Surrounded by an impenetrable mountain range which is converted into a blank white canvas during the winter months, it is almost impossible to see the flourishing vineyards in the Valley of Aconcagua below. Nevertheless, whether you can see them or not, this tour will take you from the home of one of Chile’s best Shiraz variety wines, Errázuriz Vineyard, to the mountain paradise of Portillo, in just one day! Prepare yourself for a tantalising experience which combines fine wine and the cordillera.
Wine and poetry
One of the most recently developed viticulture regions of Chile is the valley of San Antonio. Idyllically located between the cordillera and the seaside, the conditions created by the fresh sea air lends itself perfectly to the elaboration of the best Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir varieties that Chile has to offer. In this tour you can discover some of the best-kept secrets of Matetic Vineyard, and the sustainable operation of the vineyard, before taking a trip to Pablo Neruda’s house to see for yourself how Isla Negra’s stunning scenery inspired the nobel prize winner to write more and more beautiful verses every night.
Fine wines and mines
In this tour you can explore the traditions of the countryside and the vineyards found there, while also delving into the darkness of the former mining industry of the Maipo valley. To start you will learn all about the ‘huaso’ lifestyle and tradition (life and tradition in the Chilean countryside), which has nurtured the production of the numerous premium wines produced in the valley, all of course while you mull over a few glasses of the exquisite local wines. After you will descend into the former mine of Naltahua to get acquainted with the old gold and copper extraction methods used in the valley.
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If you love a glass of wine or two, and you’re about to visit Chile, South America’s viticulture centre of excellence, you’re about to visit a country with 400 vineyards dedicated to the production of premium wines! The majority of vineyard are concentrated in 8 valleys which find themselves located from the shadow of Los Andes, to a stones throw from the coast, from the outskirts of metropolis Santiago, to in tiny villages where life seems to go at the pace of an eternal Sunday. With so many options, the choice of which to visit can prove mind-boggling, but if you find yourself in this quandary, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Keep reading and discover four of the best vineyards to visit during your time in this wonderful country.
Concha y Toro Vineyard
Concha y Toro is one of the most renowned Chilean wine producers, and with good reason, its brand Casillero del Diablo being a sponsor of one of the most famous football teams globally; Manchester United. The legend of The Devil’s Vineyard attracts visitors from all over the world, while the flavor of Concha y Toro’s Cabernet Sauvignon has one a plethora of prizes globally. Take the tour to discover the secrets of the legendary Concha y Toro vineyards, an unmissable experience during your trip to Chile.
Cousiño Macul Vineyard
This winery, located in the foothills of the Santiago cordillera, is one of the oldest in Chile. Established by Matias Cousiño, a visionary, and, a great figure of a country beginning to take shape, in the early 19th Century, little by little the city has expanded to surround the vast vineyards of Cousiño Macul, transforming it into a tranquil oasis, with stunning views of the cordillera, in the midst of the chaotic Santiago. If you would like to go on an historical adventure with an excellent quality glass of vino in hand, take a visit to Cousiño Macul, one of the most efficient vineyards in the world.
Santa Rita Vineyard
One of the most recently acquired sponsor of Arsenal Football Club, Santa Rita is famous for its delectable Sauvignon and Carménère varieties. Located in the vallies of Maipo, Casablanca, Rapel, Lontue, and Leyda, Santa Rita benefits from the properties of different production conditions of Chile, its wines therefore being a representation of the wines produced all over this gorgeous region. Celebrated all over the world by Wine Enthusiast, International Wine Cellar, Decanter World Wine Awards and Korea Wine Challenge amongst others, you can visit Santa Rita today! At only forty minutes from Santiago, discover and taste some of the best wines in the world in the Maipo Valley.
Undurraga is one of the most sustainable vineyards in Chile. Having picked up prizes at the World Wine Challenge, ‘the Oscars of the wine world’, for its reds and whites last year, Undurraga is characterized by its innovative processes which produce more, and higher quality, wines, each year. Surely you won’t be able to resist experiencing all the delicate flavours, aromas, enigmas and stories of this vineyard, all with a glass of wine in hand, with this half day tour.
Top tip: If you really want to check out the best vineyards in Chile but don’t have the time, we recommend that you take this tour, which explores the history and flavours of the four biggest vineyards of Chile.
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To native Spanish speakers and non-native speakers alike, Chilean Spanish can sometimes leave you scratching your head wandering what all this ‘weón/wea’ nonsense is about, but don’t worry! Have a read of this guide to Chilean and the next time a Chilean asks you ‘cachai?’, you can respond with an emphatic ‘si po weón!’.
In Santiago, you are never short of things to do and places to see, however sometimes the crowds can begin to feel overwhelming. If you’re looking to get away from the hoards, check out these suggestions to discover some lesser-known hidden treasures.
Looking to do Chile on the cheap? No worries, we’ve got you covered! Have a read of this to find out how long you can make your pesos last!
After all the frenetic preparations for the wedding and the incredible day itself, it’s time to start your adventure together with an adventure! Check out these beauty spots to see why you should choose Chile for a honeymoon you’ll be able to tell the grandkids about.
San Pedro de Atacama:
Famed for its spectacular sunsets, a sky filled with a million stars and jaw-dropping views, San Pedro de Atacama has recently been voted one of the twenty most romantic places on Earth. Watching the sunset with a glass of Chilean red, as the sky takes on a glorious plethora of deep reds and pale oranges, with nobody around for miles, you will truly feel as you’re in your own romantic paradise. To feel as if it’s just you and the stars, try out stargazing in the very heart of the desert with this excellent tour.
Congratulations! You’ve arrived in Santiago, now to enjoy! Check out these recommendations to make the most of your time in this unique city.
Cerro San Cristobal
Visible from all over the city, The view from the summit is a must-see for all visitors to Santiago. Best enjoyed after taking on the one hour walk to the top, you can also take the funicular railway to the statue of the Virgin Mary. Enjoy the view with a picnic, take a stroll through the Japanese garden, a real oasis of tranquility in such a lively city, and marvel at how they even got the statue up there in the first place!
Before making the hop over to Chile, here are some useful tips that could come in handy when planning your trip!
Before you come:
Packing your bags: There is no wrong time to come to Chile. Though the winters, running from June to August, can be rather nippy, the opportunity to explore the snowy caps of Los Andes more than compensates for the cold weather! Chile has an unparalleled variety of stunning landscapes, spanning from The Atacama Desert in the north to Patagonia in the south, which present a plethora of weather conditions. Make sure to bring warm layers for the cool desert nights and mountain hikes. However don’t forget to bring shorts and sun tan cream, as the summer temperatures can reach 40 degrees Celsius and beyond!