Chile Wine Tour
Wine making in Chile dates back to 16th century and Chile wine tour will help you explore the ancient wine making techniques the country has to offer. The scenic beauty of the country will add onto the entire experience of touring the Chile wine regions.
Some of the first vines were planted in the country by the Spanish and over the years, the winemaking industry in Chile has undergone many changes. The important turn came after the ouster of the dictator, Augusto Pinochet, when the country gained popularity for its red wines. Over a period of time, Chilean wines have become popular in the international markets and the wine industry has grown by leaps and bounds.
Some of the varieties of wines which you will encounter during Chile wine tours are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Gewurztraminer.
Chile is divided into different wine regions and a tour to any of these regions will not only provide you a chance to see the wine making process at close quarters but the natural beauty of the country will also provide a relaxing experience in itself.
Chile Wine Tour
Maipo Valley region is about an hour’s drive from the Chilean capital city Santiago. This wine region is full of traditional and modern wineries. The region is famous for its red wines. The red wines produced in this region are world renowned and Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Carmenere are some of its famous wines. A tour to this region will enable you to visit some of the best wineries—Odfjell, Aquitania, Perez Cruz, Antiyal, El Principal, etc. The visit will prove to be a heady experience in itself.
This wine region also lies in proximity to Santiago. It is around 1.5 hours away from the capital city of Chile. Aconcagua Valley is best known for the small and medium sized wineries. But despite the small size of the wineries, the wines produced here are of the finest quality. The visit to this region will not only provide a chance to learn about wine making and sip on some good quality wine, but the region also provides ample opportunity to indulge in some outdoor fun. Its strategic location near to the La Campana National Park and the Termas de Jahuel hot springs offers scope for lots of outdoor activities.
This wine region is located west of Santiago at a distance of about an hour’s drive. Casablanca Valley is famous for production of white wines and Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are some of the wines produced here. The cool climate of the region has aided in the growth of vineyards in the region. The tour to the wineries will also enable you to taste the wines as well as to savor some of the local delicacies at any of the restaurants being run in the wineries itself. Some of the famous wineries located in this region are—Vermonte, William Cole, Villard, Casas del Bosque, etc.
San Antonio Valley
This wine region is famous for producing fine quality Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. The region has built quite a reputation when it comes to producing wines with the result that many of the wineries in other parts of Chile are trying to purchase land here.
More of red wines than white are produced in this wine region. The region has some of the best wineries and is popular for hosting harvest festival and a local gastronomic fair as well as hosting other activities which make the trip worthwhile.
Curico and Maule Valleys
This region is located south of Santiago and is known for producing both red and white wines. The trip to this region will also enable you to indulge in some outdoor activities like a visit to the national parks or colonial villages located nearby.
Undertaking Chile wine tour is a great holidaying idea which you can try in your vacations.
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