A new world
Ancient grape varieties and family learned tradition remains the base of Chile’s wine expertise. But increasing confidence and a swelling trophy cabinet of international awards has also encouraged innovation, with experienced winemakers challenging the country’s reputation for inexpensive wines with increasingly sophisticated reds and whites. All the more reason to make a visit to Chile’s diverse wine growing regions, themselves places of exquisite beauty.
The country’s wine heartland is the fertile Central Valley. Here vineyards are edged by the Pacific Ocean to the west, providing cool coastal breezes ideal for crisp, fresh sauvignon blanc and elegant pinot noir, and the towering snow-capped peaks of the Andes to the east. Established wine routes allow visitors to easily hop between wineries for tastings and to learn about the techniques of Chilean viticulture before exploring the vine-clad estates by horse or bike.
Wine and dine
Easier to reach are the vineyards that surround the capital, Santiago. The closest is the famous Maipo Valley, where you can enjoy cabernet sauvignon, carmenere and syrah. Here, sat in the shadow of the Andes, you’ll also find one of the country’s oldest estates, the 19th century Cousiño Macul.
Closer to the coast
Closer to the coast is the lesser known Rosario Valley and the charming Matetic Vineyard, which has winery tours and an enchanting hotel. Drink in views of the old estancia’s gardens then feast on organic food and wine.
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