In addition to having some of Chile’s best restaurants, wine bars, and tasting rooms, Santiago is just a short drive from several renowned wine-growing areas. Here’s info on the must-try varietals and wine tasting experiences near Chile’s capital.
Chile produces world-class wines thanks to its general climate, its microclimates, and the high mineral content of its soil. Recently Chile has been best known for carménère, the classic French grape varietal that was thought to have been lost to phylloxera in the mid-19th century but was rediscovered in a Chilean vineyard in the 1990s. Like its next-door neighbor Argentina, Chile produces notable malbecs, and on the white side is making quite a name for itself with its sauvignon blancs. Small-scale vineyards are currently becoming more popular, and certain producers are taking advantage of the area’s excellent terroir to grow lesser-known varietals like petit verdot.
- Combine a winery visit with outdoor adventures on a day trip to Valle Nevado and Aquitania. Spend time at one of the area’s most popular ski resorts before sipping your way through some notable wines.
- Visit four of the Casablanca Valley’s top producers and taste their distinctive wines.
- Pedal through the vineyards of the Maipo Valley on a winery bike tour.
- See the wine country from horseback on a full-day excursion that includes traditional Chilean meals and a stop at a local winery.
- Discover Chile’s winemaking heritage and sample a variety of local wines on a full-day tour of the Colchagua Valley.