Vineyard Tours With More Than Just Wine

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.

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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.

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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.

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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’ve now chosen to grab the wine glass and take one of these excellent tours, make sure to download TheBesty free in the App Store, or in Google Play, which will put a personal concierge in your pocket who will answer all your questions in a live chat, or help you to reserve tours, activities, and local experiences, all over Latin America.

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The History of Chilean Wines and Why They Are So Popular…

Did you know that Chile is the world’s 5th largest wine exporter, with 100 wineries?! The country is known to be a “world class wine destination” – and it is also the 9th largest producer of wine.

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Since the first plantation of vines in the beginning of the 16th century by the conquistador Francisco de Aguirre Copiapó, Chile has had significant growth in the number of variety of grapes presented in its territory. Under the colonial period leaded by the Spanish Empire, various types of grapes coming from Spain were introduced to the country with the main purpose of producing Catholic rituals wines in mass. Originating from the north, the vineyards were expanded to Santiago and then moved to the south during the following century, reaching the Bio Bio River.

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