The Wine Regions of Chile surrounding Santiago have become one of the largest and most important wine regions in the world since the introduction of grapes by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century and the arrival of French immigrants in the 20th.
To the north of the Santiago and east of Valparaiso is the Aconcagua Valley, and stretching south of the capital is the Valle Central, itself subdivided into the Maipo, Rapel, Curicó and Maule Valleys. This is a placed renowned for its distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Carmenere, and coastal Sauvignon Blancs. As well as commercial producers, there are a number of up-and-coming growers and winemakers, some thoroughly modern, others traditionally boutique, making it an exciting region for tasting. And, for real oenophiles, the vineyards of Mendoza in Argentina are just a short hop over the Andes.
Close to Santiago and with a dry and pleasant climate, the Wine Region is a great way to end a trip to Chile. We’ve selected our favourite luxury lodges in the area for you to stay in and our guides can help you explore the various vineyards of the area.
When to go
It is great to visit this region all year round, however March through to April is grape harvest time and the beautiful autumnal hues make it a magical time to visit.
What to do
- Visiting the different vineyards
- Dining at the many excellent restaurants of the region