Sep 12, 2015|
Last updated on October 15th, 2020 at 07:01 am
In this blog, read about the best Chilean wine regions near Santiago. Santiago de Chile is one of the most visited destinations while touring South America and the starting point to many wine tours. This big and cosmopolitan city is surrounded by many picturesque valleys that hide true treasures of the greatest national Chilean wines.
Visiting world-class wineries you can learn about the wine-making process, the history of the wine region, and taste some delicious authentic Chilean foods. We are presenting you below 4 most popular and most visited Chilean wine regions that can be reached from Santiago city just in a few hours by car.
1. The Colchagua Valley
First on our list of the best Chilean wine regions is the Colchagua Valley. Just 100 miles (180 km) south of Santiago is the Colchagua Valley, famous for its Cabernet, Carménère, Syrah, and Malbec wines. Each winery here beams with history and charm. The Colchagua Valley is renowned for having the most fertile land for producing fine wines, mostly red varieties.
Most of these wineries were began in the 19th century with vines brought from France. Colchagua has quite a Meditteranean climate however a bit cooler than the Maipo Valley. Its nickname is the “Napa Valley of Chile.”
Probably the most popular town of the Colchagua Valley is Santa Cruz. Here, enjoy wine boutique hotels, the Tinguiririca River, and the many vineyards.
Colchagua Valley Wineries:
- Casa Silva Vineyard
- Lapostolle Winery
- Viu Manet
- Santa Laura
- Mont Gras
2. The Maipo Valley
Next up is the Maipo Valley! The Maipo Valley is perfect for travelers that want to learn the history of the Chilean wine region – starting in the 16th century when the Spanish conquistadors brought the first grape stocks to Chile. This is Chile’s oldest and most diverse wine region known for its Cabernets.
Visit some of the most prestigious wineries in Chile and learn why wineries such as Concha y Toro are known throughout the world. Enjoy the green landscape and imposing mountain range surrounding the valley. Walkthrough vineyards, production plants, and savor the serenity of the valley. Maipo Valley produces incredible Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, and Syrah wines.
Maipo Valley Wineries:
- Concha y Toro Winery
- Cousino Macul
- Santa Rita Winery
- Vina Undurraga – One of the first wine exporting companies in Chile.
- Vina Aquitania
- Cousino Macul – A prestigious winery with three vineyards located strategically throughout the wine regions of Chile.
3. The Casablanca Valley
The Casablanca Valley Wine Route is best known for producing Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir wines. The cool climate combined with the shelter of the valley and the sea breeze is the ideal for producing white grapes.
The Casablanca Valley is 47 miles (75 km) northwest of Santiago. It’s quite new for Chilean standards as the wine cultivation started in 1980. These wines were originally produced from French and German vines. The most popular wines from this Chilean wine region include Casillero del Diablo, Cono Sur or Concha y Toro.
Casablanca Valley Wineries:
- Santa Emiliana Winery
- William Cole Winery
- Indomita Winery
- Concha y Toro
4. The Aconcagua Valley
Last on our list is the Aconcagua Valley is just 40 miles (65 km) north of Santiago, in the east of Valparaiso region. Here you will see Mt. Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas sitting at 22,828 feet (6,956 meters). This Chilean wine region has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers that become cool with the Pacific Ocean breeze.
This region is most popular for producing red varieties that include Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Carmenere. New coastal vineyards have started growing white grapes and producing delicious Sauvignon Blanc wines.
Here you’ll visit vineyards sitting along the Aconcagua River at the foot of the Andes Mountains. As an area, this region is Denomination of Origin of Chile.
Aconcagua Valley Wineries:
- Errazuriz Winery
- San Esteban Winery
- Mendoza Vineyard
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