Wine Valleys of Chile
Places Visited: Santa Cruz, Colchagua, Santiago, Maipo Valley
Discover why Chile has a worldwide reputation for its excellent wines. Get mesmerized by the unique beauty and unspoiled nature of the wine country, with the soaring Andes as the backdrop. Visit some of the best wineries and learn all about the home of the Chilean “huaso”, or cowboy.
- 1 night of accommodation in Santa Cruz
- 1 night of accommodation in Colchagua
- 1 night of accommodation in Santiago
- Daily breakfast and local taxes
- 1 Full Day Wine Tour Colchagua
- 1 Full Day Wine Tour Maipo Valley
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
- Meals and drinks other than those mentioned
- Tips and personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Optional tours and experiences
- Any items not mentioned
Day 1: SANTIAGO/SANTA CRUZ
Upon arrival at Santiago airport, drive along the foothills of the Andes towards the unique Colchague Valley, one of Chile’s most important wine valleys, located at 185 km/115 mi south of Santiago. When approaching the district’s capital, Santa Cruz, visitors will notice how the valley is emerging as the king of Chilean wine, with a thriving wine industry. Nowadays, the region is considered the Napa Valley of South America. It is also the homeland of the “huasos”, the Chilean version of the American cowboys. They are an important part of Chilean folkloric culture and represent old traditions once established by the Spaniards. Their influence can also be observed in the local architecture. Overnight stay in Santa Cruz.
WINE TOUR COLCHAGUA
The day starts with a drive on the Pan-American Highway through the marvelous central valley towards Santa Cruz in the Colchagua valley. The large Colchagua valley is celebrated for its excellent soil to grow grapes. Visit three wineries in the following vineyards in the Colchagua Valley: Viña Casa Lapostole, Viña Bisquerit, Viña Casa Silva, Viña Cono Sur, Viña Estampa, Viña Hacienda Araucano, Viña Santa Laura, Viña Los Vascos, Viña Luis Felipe Edwards, Viña Montes, Viña Mont Gras, Viña Emiliana, Viña El Crucero or Viña Viu Manent. The route passes through several small villages surrounded by vineyards, which will give a real feel of traditional life in central Chile and an introduction to the customs and traditions of the valley. This includes a visit to the country house and museum of San José del Carmen. This museum was once the country estate of former president Errázuriz, built around 1829. It consists of various houses, gardens and a private Victorian-style chapel. The luxurious estate is one of the best examples of the way of life of the Chilean upper class around the year 1900.
Santa Cruz itself is a quiet, provincial town with a nice main square surrounded by huge palm trees. At the Club Social de Santa Cruz, in front of the square, a traditional lunch will be served. In the afternoon there is time to visit the Colchagua museum, located just around the corner. It is the biggest private collection in Chile, exhibiting paleontological and archaeological, pre-Columbian and Spanish colonial artifacts. Overnight stay in Colchagua.
FULL DAY WINE TOUR MAIPO VALLEY
Maipo Valley is not Chile’s oldest wine region, but its history is full of rewarding moments and the vineyards in this region are wonderful. In particular the way the wine cellars are especially designed to merge with nature. This has captured a lot of attention, not only because of the positive effect on the quality of the wines but for their architecture as well.
Maipo features 550 hectares, or 1300 acres, of magnificent red varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cot, Carménère, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Many wineries have a small yet fantastic production that been earning the region a lot of prestige since the 1990’s. The first visit is Pérez Cruz, a family-owned winery dedicated to tradition and quality as well as the care for the environment meet the highest standards. The next stop is winery Santa Rita, in Alto Jahuel. It is one of the oldest wineries and holds one of Chile’s oldest aging cellars. The cellar in Alto Jahuel was built with stone masonry by French architects and has been declared a national monument. Return to Santiago after the tour.
Day 4: SANTIAGO. At appropriate time, private transfer to the airport.
Tour descriptions and approximate times are for informational purposes only.
Some places described may be substituted and/or approximate times may be subject to change, due to unexpected circumstances or weather conditions.