Whereas Chile vineyards once only grew low grade grapes purely for domestic consumption, foreign investment in what has been described as a ‘winegrowers’ paradise’ over the last few years has brought this New World region firmly into the international fold.
Chile is now renowned for producing several internationally acclaimed styles, especially its Cabernet Sauvignon blends, while new winemakers are flocking to the country to take advantage of the favourable conditions shared by vineyards in Chile.The country’s wine region can essentially be divided into three distinct sections: North, Central and South. While the north and south regions are still being developed using some innovative wine making techniques, the central region is traditionally where the best vineyards in Chile are found.
The Maipo Valley is undoubtedly the country’s most famous wine region, not least because of its proximity to the capital city of Santiago. Leading producers, including Concho y Toro and Santa Rita, are based here – where the Chile vineyards are cooled by ocean winds to create Californian style reds from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Newer regions such as the Casablanca and San Antonio Valleys are undergoing an exciting rejuvenation with styles including Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc whites as well as impressive Pinot Noir and Merlot. And the Cachapoal and Colchagua Valleys produce impressive Shiraz and Carmenere varieties respectively.
At Wine Paths, our local expert can arrange exclusive tours of the finest vineyards Chile has to offer, including elaborate tastings, luxury stays, fine dining experiences and unique activities. All of our private tours can be tailormade to meet your exact specifications, while ensuring every detail is taken care of so that you can relax and enjoy the matter at hand – discovering premium wines amid spectacular mountain scenery.
We can arrange a wide variety of ways to visit vineyards in Chile, including hiking and horse riding tours of the Colchagua Valley or a bicycle tour of the country’s magnificent lake region – this exclusive experience travels from Puerto Varas to Pucon passing through quaint villages, sapphire blue lakes, lush forests and volcano ranges.
Our all-inclusive tour of the best of Chile’s central valley includes private visits and tastings at a host of the best vineyards in Chile across the Colchagua, San Antonio, Casablanca and Maipo Valleys
As well as private tastings in highly regarded Chile vineyards, this multiple day tour includes overnight stays in elegant hotels, an opportunity to explore the region by bicycle, visits to places of special interest and a return to Santiago for a feast of local cuisine.
Alternatively, we also offer private tastings at individual Chile vineyards such as the Lapostolle winery in the town of Cunaco, near Santa Cruz, where you can learn about how gravity plays an important role in production before sampling their Clos Apalta and Petit Clos wines.
Should you choose to stay in the valleys during a tour of vineyards in Chile then the Clos Aplata Residence, nestled between the foothills of the Coastal Cordillera (mountain range) and the rolling hills of the Colchuaga Valley, comes highly recommended.
The beautifully designed Residence has been named the ‘Best Boutique Hotel’ in Chile on three separate occasions by the World Travel Awards and features awe-inspiring, uninterrupted views of the vineyards in Chile.
Visit here for more inspiration from our exclusive experiences in the best wine country Chile has to offer before planning a voyage of discovery in South America.
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