Discovering Chile’s Best Vineyards

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Undurraga Vineyard

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.

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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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Off The Beaten Path in Santiago de Chile

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.

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Honeymoon in Chile – Your Next Couples Adventure

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.

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A Pre-Travel Guide to Chile – Everything You Need to Know

Before making the hop over to Chile, here are some useful tips that could come in handy when planning your trip!

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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!

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Chile Airbnb: What You Need to Know Coming From Australia

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Aussies have been travelling to Chile for a long time for business and pleasure. However, if its your first go at visiting Latin America, here are a few things to note.

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Australians are able to enter Chile with a valid passport. Australian citizens arriving to Chile at Santiago International Airport are required to pay a reciprocity fee of $117 usd. You will receive a 90 day tourist card. Maintain proof that you have paid this fee. Santiago International is the usual point of arrival. Your flight will be a long haul, as most places are from Australia. Be prepared for a sixteen hour journey if there are no delays. The flight may also “cost big bikkies” depending on the season you choose to travel, with a round trip ticket costing an average of $2,000. Planning ahead and going in the hotter seasons might evade a little of the cost.

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Chile Airbnb: What You Need to Know Coming From Europe

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Vacation season often becomes hunting season for Europeans on the hunt for sunshine, vibrant culture, bright food, and an overall amazing experience to capture on Instagram- often leading to Latin America. Chile being your first and possibly most exciting adventure may have you wondering where to start. Here are few important things to consider as you make your way to Chile.

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You need a valid passport. If it’s been awhile, check your expiration date-wouldn’t want that to creep up on you at immigration. You will not need a visa to enter Chile. Upon arrival during immigration processing you will receive a 30, 60, or 90 day tourist card, often in the form of a passport stamp, with 90 being the most common. This is similar to a “visa upon arrival” concept. I like to also keep a copy or two of my passport on my person. This can be helpful when renting a vehicle or providing a copy for your Airbnb host. Either way-good to have on hand.

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Chile Airbnb: What You Need to Know Coming From Mexico

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In Mexico, if you mention Chile it is probably you handing a famous ingredient to your abuela as she whips up some pozole. Now, it is the name of your next travel destination. Here are a few things to know, where to stay, and what to expect when travelling from Mexico to Chile.

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Chile Airbnb: What You Need to Know Coming From Brazil

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These Latin American countries share more than a love for FIFA. Both home to well renown writers, optimistic personalities, and large, varying landscapes. There are more than a few reasons these not so near neighbors need to meet. Before you can trade the rice and beans for corn and potatoes or cachaca for cabernet- here are few things to get you ready for your Chilean excursion. Continue reading

Chile Airbnb: What You Need to Know Coming From Peru

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Your Latin American expedition has led you from Peru to Chile. Air, land, or horseback-however you decide to get there, here are some things you can expect.

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Bussing is often the preferred method, so get your ticket in advance and show up early. Buses vary in price depending on the accommodations you seek. You should be able to find a comfortable, air conditioned ride for your 8-15-hour journey (depending on your starting point). Average price is about $22, if you spend more than $45/bus (there will be at least three) you’re probably getting dooped. All roads will lead to Tacna. Your bus driver will cue when to get off for passport stamping and proceed to the Chilean immigration. No visa is required to enter. You will be issued a 90 day tourist card. If the long bus ride doesn’t suit you, skip it and get a 3-hour flight from Lima to Santiago.

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