Looking for the best wine tours in Chile? Wine Paths is here to help you find some of the most exclusive wine tours Chile has to offer.
Chile, though a small country in South America, produces some of the most well-known new world wines in the world. These wines are not priced too high but guarantee good quality standards and appeal to the modernized palates of young consumers. A wine tour in Chile will take you through the ever-changing wine regions of the country to experience the constant advances in wine production techniques.
The region of Colchagua is home to some of the best modern wineries in Chile. By combining new technology with innovative processes, the wineries of the Colchagua Valley make the area one of the most promising hotspots for wine connoisseurs. Producing largely reds, many of which are world-class, the region boasts some of the most influential varieties across the world.
You’ll find a range of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere and the Syrah grape varieties. Compared to its northerly cousin Maipo, temperatures are cooler yet still of a Mediterranean style climate. This means that the white wines benefit closer to the coast where there’s a delightful ocean breeze. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are a must by the sea.
The other main wine destination to visit is Santiago, the capital of Chilean wines. There are organic vineyards and exclusive wineries surrounding the city – and more hectares of vines than Bordeaux in France!
The Casablanca Valley provides a change from typical reds to sampling crisp whites and cold-climate Pinot Noirs at the Kingston Family Vineyards ahead of a memorable food and wine afternoon in Casablanca.
With the Atacama Desert in the north to the central region where the weather resembles the Mediterranean, there’s somewhere to go year-round.
Many visitors find that the shoulder seasons of spring (September to November) or autumn (March to May) are ideal as the weather is warm and crowds are few.
The summer months (December to February) attract the most tourists, but even when it gets busy there’s still a sense of being off the beaten path in many of our tour locations.
During the winter (June to August), temperatures are much cooler, but rarely ever falling below 15°C / 5°F (although some regions will see snowfall).
For festivals, summer is the time to book your trip. Or to catch the wine harvest, plan to arrive from late February to May. Wine harvesting festivals known as Vendimias feature grape stomping, music, food and tastings. Chile's wineries are open throughout the year though, and can be fantastic for tours from summer to winter.
Santiago, the capital of Chile, is centrally located in the country. Here are approximate distances from Santiago to some key destinations in Chile:
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Chile is a country with diverse landscapes and attractions, offering a range of experiences for visitors. Here are some notable places to visit in Chile:
Torres del Paine National Park: Located in the stunning Patagonian region, this national park is known for its towering granite peaks, pristine lakes, and diverse wildlife. It's a popular destination for trekking and outdoor enthusiasts.
Valparaiso: A colorful and artistic city known for its steep streets, vibrant street art, and bohemian atmosphere. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and offers a unique cultural experience.
Santiago: The capital and largest city of Chile, Santiago is a modern metropolis surrounded by the Andes Mountains. Explore historical sites, visit museums, and enjoy the city's vibrant food and nightlife.
San Pedro de Atacama: Located in the Atacama Desert, this small town serves as a gateway to some of the world's most breathtaking landscapes.
Colchagua Valley: Chile is renowned for its wine production. Visit the picturesque wine valleys, take vineyard tours, and enjoy wine tasting experiences. Colchagua Valley is particularly known for its red wines.
Casablanca Valley: Wine-producing region in Chile, known particularly for its cool climate and the production of high-quality white wines, especially Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Maipo Valley: One of Chile's most renowned wine regions and is located just to the southwest of Santiago, the capital city. It is part of the larger Central Valley wine region, which is known for its diverse terroir and various microclimates that contribute to the production of a wide range of wine styles.
Easter Island: Known as Rapa Nui in the local Polynesian language, is a remote island located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. It is part of Chile and is situated about 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles) west of the Chilean coast. The Island is also known for Moai Statues, one of the most iconic and mysterious archaeological sites.
Wine and fine dining are bedfellows in Chile, with many restauranteurs and world-renowned chefs calling this remarkable destination their home. Local and native Chilean ingredients are the heart of the culinary narrative, telling a story of cultural diversity and a fusion of different worlds. The cuisine here is flavoured by traditional Spanish influence, bound by indigenous Mapuche staples, and fortified with European styles from Germany, Italy and France.
To taste a unique menu that embodies the best attributes of the local region, book a table at Clos Apalta Restaurant in the Colchagua Valley. At Clos Apalta, you can enjoy lunch under the vineyard pergola, visit the kitchen’s special herb garden, and watch world-class winemaking in action.
Escape to a boutique hotel by Relais & Chateaux, or let us help you hand-pick luxury accommodations at the most exclusive wine country hotels in Chile. Whether you want access to vineyards and wine tastings, gourmet dining experiences or luxury spas, our team can help you find the perfect place to stay made for your luxury holidays in Chile.
If you’re staying in Santiago, you’ll find this location to be the most convenient base. With over 126,000 hectares of vineyards distributed mainly around the city, you can plan a number of different tours and tastings. Just over an hour away is the seaside, so you won’t miss out on the beauty of the Chilean coastline.
It’s also the safest capital in South America, making it suitable for walking around at night when you’re frequenting the wine bars. We also recommend it as a family-friendly place to stay if you’re looking to combine a holiday with children and some winery tours.
*Chile wine regions