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.
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.
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.