Learn about the history of Chilean wine production, sample full-bodied reds, and explore underground cellars at Undurraga, an award-winning, internationally recognized vineyard outside of Santiago. The winery’s gardens, designed by Pierre Dubois in the 19th century, appeal to nature lovers and wine buffs alike. The Basics
Given the popularity of Undurraga Vineyard and its proximity to Santiago, tour groups can be large. For a more intimate experience, choose a guided small-group or private tour. Some full-day excursions combine a visit to Undurraga with stops at other vineyards in the area, and many tours offer ample time for wine tasting and purchasing. Some cruises put vineyard visits on the itinerary, as well. Things to Know Before You Go
- Undurraga Vineyard tours are conducted in English or Spanish. English tours tend to have smaller groups.
- Undurraga is the ideal place to buy delicious souvenirs such as wine, copihues (an edible flower), and merquén (a smoky chili spice mix).
- Undurraga may not be fully accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get There
Undurraga Vineyard is reachable by public transit from Santiago, although you’ll have at least one transfer. For those with access to a car, Undurraga is a 22-mile (35-kilometer) drive from Santiago—take the Autopista del Sol highway headed southwest. Many travelers find it most convenient to join a tour that includes round-trip transport. When to Get There
Undurraga is open year-round. To see the vineyards at their leafy peak, visit in spring or summer. To experience the grape harvest, go toward the end of summer. Stop by in May to catch the fall colors.
Best Wines to Try at Undurraga Vineyard
Headed by 2010 Winemaker of the Year Rafael Urrejola, Undurraga Vineyard offers a vast selection of wines, and it can be tough to know where to begin. Reds are a must—try the Carménère or the Pinot Noir. Undurraga also sells whites and delicate sparkling wines for those who might not favor a full-bodied red.