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The Wine Valleys

A trip to the Chilean wine valleys is a must for any gourmet.

Heading out to the east, west and south of Santiago takes you through the stunning and fertile wine valleys of Chile. This gently rolling countryside, now covered in ancient vines, represents the heart of Chilean wine production and is often a must see for many that visit the country. From the Maipo valley to the Colchagua Valley further south, the standard of accommodation and the level of the restaurants has advanced in leaps and bounds over the last few years and this is a region that is definitely worth a few nights.

For most, when you think of Chilean wine it is often the carmenere varietal that springs to mind...but today, Chilean wine, with plenty of knowledge and funding from European vineyards, has become a bigger player on the world stage and is somewhere that is well respected for its chardonnays, pinot noir, merlot, cab sauvignon and syrah amongst others.

Loosely speaking, there are 3 main areas that are easy to access and that offer a good to exceptional standard of wines. Along the Casablanca Valley, running between Santiago and Valparaiso, you will find the best of Chilean white wine varietals. To the south, the famous town of Santa Cruz, and the Colchagua valleys, and finally, resting against the backdrop of the Andes, the Maipo Valley and some of Chile's most famous vineyards. Please have a look at a few of them below:

Casablanca Valley

Located approximately halfway between Santiago and the coast, the Casablanca Valley (named after the town of the same name), due to its range of temperatures between night and day, is one of the best areas of Chile to head to for light chardonnays, sauvignon blanc and the ever popular pinot noir grape varietals. Many of the vineyards along the valley can be visited simply enough as a day trip out of Santiago or, alternatively, on the way through to Valparaiso.

Maipo Valley

A short car ride out of Santiago, the Maipo valley consistently produces some of the country's best and biggest red wines and is, today, home to many of the globally better-known vineyards such as Viña Concha y Toro and Viña Santa Rita. Maipo is where to come to if you are a fan of grapes such as merlot, carmenere, cabernet sauvignon amongst others. As it is such a short trip out of the city, it is usually visited as a day trip and can easily finish off a nice day of exploring the city and tasting in the afternoon!

Colchagua and Maule Valleys

Santa Cruz, the Maule Valley and the famous Colchagua Valleys are the largest collective area for wine production in Chile and produce the finest quality reds that are currently in production. An area that is usually visited for anything up to a week, there is plenty to see and do here with a few vineyards of real note such as the family Viña of Apalta.

In recent years the region has seen a large influx of capital development by the infamous arms dealer, Carlos Cardoen who, unable to invest in the Napa Valley due to an American bounty on him for dealing with Saddam's Iraq, has decided to try and create Napa in Chile! This is an interesting area and well worth a few nights for those that are keen.

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    At a glance…The Wine Region

  • Size: 15 sq km
  • Location: South and west of Santiago
  • Recommended time: 2 to 4 nights
  • Time to visit: July to February
  • Go here for: Wine and Food
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    Our top five hotel recommendations for The Wine valleys:

    1. Hotel Boutique Casablanca BCW - Property

      Hotel Boutique Casablanca BCW

      Hotel Boutique Casablanca BCW is situation in the centre of the Casablanca Wine Route. This secluded property, originally a country mansion dating back 120 years, is the perfect spot to base yourself whilst exploring the superb wineries in the area. Another advantage is that it’s located between... More...

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    2. Casa Real: Location

      Hotel Casa Real

      Without doubt one of the most popular wineries in the valleys that stretch out from Santiago, the Vina Santa Rita has become famous for its history and dining, in the form of the Dona Paula restaurant. What it should, but thankfully isn’t, so famous for is the grandiose and regal Casa Real. This... More...

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    3. La Casona at Matetic - Pool

      La Casona at Matetic

      Similar in concept to that of the nearby Casa Real, the La Casona at Matetic offers superb accommodation in an absolutely delightful setting, while also being a stone’s throw from one of Chile’s finest vineyards. Located just of the main road through to Valparaiso, the Matetic vineyard has become... More...

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    4. Lapostolle Residence - Swimming pool

      Lapostolle Residence

      The Lapostolle Residence is, arguably, one of the most exclusive and interesting of the properties in the Colchagua Valley, approximately an hour and a half out of Santiago. With only 4 suites, nestling into the side of the hillside, and all looking out over the Apalta vineyards, there is nothing... More...

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    5. Noi Blend Colchagua Hotel - Swimming Pool & Bar

      Noi Blend Hotel Colchagua

      A beautiful spot to relax in amongst the vines of Colchagua. The Noi Blend hotel is only a 10 minute drive from the town of Santa Cruz; but in our opinion there is little reason to leave this gorgeous property! Other than, of course, to explore the numerous vineyards dotted around the valley. The... More...

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