Chile is one of the world’s youngest but most prolific wine regions, known for full-bodied reds and bold flavors. Enhance your time in the country’s capital with guided tours to the region’s top wineries, where you can learn about the wine-making process and taste test several varietals. Here are some of the top wineries near Santiago.
Concha y Toro Winery
As one of South America’s largest wine producers, Concha y Toro is perhaps best-known for its award-winning cabernet sauvignon. Combine a visit to Concha y Toro Winery with stops at other wineries in the region, or opt for a cheese-and-wine tour. Whether you have a couple hours or a whole day, there are private and small-group options available.
Santa Rita Winery
With its scenic location in the foothills of Alto Jahuel, Santa Rita Winery offers a great escape from the city center, though you can also combine a visit with a tour of the Chilean capital. Alternatively, lunch independently at Santa Rita’s on-site restaurant before exploring the vines and cellars on a private guided tour, or make a day of it in the Maipo Valley wine region on a full-day tour, which typically includes lunch, transport, and wine tastings.
The storied history of Undurraga Winery dates back to the 19th century, and the popular vineyard is only a short drive from Santiago. In addition to tasting some of their excellent reds, such as malbec and cabernet sauvignon, learn about the soil and marvel over Mapuche carvings. Opt for a guided tour with round-trip transport or a small-group, half-day excursion.
Cousiño Macul can be reached by Metro and a brief taxi ride from Santiago. The views over the vines with the Santiago skyline in the backdrop are impressive, while the 19th-century winemaking-tool exhibition is informative. You can experience Cousiño Macul alongside several other wineries on a full-day or half-day tour or as part of a weeklong, 2-country excursion.
Most Santiago-area wineries are found in the Maipo Valley, but the relatively young Matetic Vineyard is located in San Antonio Valley. It’s ideal if you want to see a different part of Chilean wine country, while the distinct climate helps produce elegant but intense wines. Full-day tours offer round-trip transport, or you can make Matetic Vineyard a stop on a wider exploration of the region.
Located in the Colchagua Valley, MontGras Winery is another of Chile’s considerably youthful wineries—it was founded by brothers Hernan and Eduardo Gras in 1993—and produces standout syrahs and carménères. Tours offer the opportunity to bottle, label, and take home your own personal bottle or give harvesting a go.