Wine tour Chile
Wine tour Chile - A quick intro ...
A wine tour to Chile is not only tasting delicious wines, it is also discovering beautiful nature and culture. From the north of the country and the wine region at Copiapo to the border of Patagonia at the wine region around Osorno, during your wine tour to Chile you will discover dozens of valleys each with their own wines, specificities and beautiful landscapes. Vineyards with the snowy peaks of the Andes in the background, volcanoes, the Atacama Desert and much more. In the gastronomic field you will also discover culinary delights that go well with local wines.
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What are the best wine routes and wine regions to visit on your wine tour of Chile?
The Chilean wine regions stretch for about 1,500 kilometres from the edge of the Atacama desert in the north to the neighbouring area near Patagonia. This brings a lot of diversity to climates, soil types and landscapes, which is a real delight for the passionate wine lovers. Where the northern and southern wine regions are slightly more unknown, the central wine region of Chile is the most famous with wine regions such as Casablanca, Maipo and Colchaqua. This area is the beating heart of the Chilean winery.
Central Chile, around the capital Santiago, is the main wine producing area of this beautiful wine country. Chilean wines are regularly associated with the Bordeaux region in France. Chile, thanks to its wine regions of Colchagua, Casablanca and some other wine regions, produces some of the best red wines in the world. The grape varieties most commonly grown in Chile are Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Malbec and Merlot. For the white wines, the Sauvignon Blanc variety is mainly used. Today, Chile has an increasing number of organic wine farms, especially in the central wine region north and south of the capital Santiago.
When is the best time to visit the Chilean wine regions?
From the bone-dry Atacama Desert with warm days and cool nights to the colder south of Patagonia, Chile offers very diverse climates. This makes it possible to visit this beautiful wine country all year round. Of course, the best period depends on the activities you want to undertake during your wine tour. Wine tasting in the world-famous wine regions of Maipo, Casablanca, and Colchagua and visiting the main places of central Chile and wineries is possible all year round. Of course, it is wonderfully quiet in the early and late season. The busiest months are from December to February during peak season. In May, late autumn, there are also some wine festivals. If you want to harvest grapes, it is best to go between March and May.
As a wine lover you prefer to stay on a wine farm in the middle of the vineyards in quiet surroundings with breath taking landscapes around you. Chile has also strongly developed its wine tourism in recent years. This translates into an increasing range of wine hotels and other authentic forms of accommodation. From bed & breakfasts to modern wine hotels with wellness facilities or a large golf course, Chile also has some unique hotels where you can relax during your wine tour amidst beautiful nature, completely secluded from the world around you.
Wineroundtrips.com helps you make the right choice of accommodation. Whichever type of accommodation you choose in the end, we have selected for you the best wine hotels and wineries in each wine region so that you can discover the best of Chile. If you have specific wishes, please let us know. Ask us for a completely free quote so you can make the wine tour of your dreams to Chile.
Wine regions Chile
The northern wine regions around the Copiapó, the Huasco, the Elqui, the Limarí and the Choapa valleys are located near the Atacama Desert and just south of it, in the north of Chile. These wine regions have a dry climate with little rain. While in the Copiapó and the Huasco valleys mainly the Pisco grapes are grown, in the 3 other valleys of the Coquimbo wine region more well-known grape varieties are grown, including the famous Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc with the white varieties and the Cabarnet Sauvignon and the Syrah with the red grape varieties.
If you want to discover this less-known wine region during your wine tour through Chile, combine it with an excursion to the Valle de la Luna and the Atacama Desert. You will imagine yourself in a different world with the beautiful lunar landscapes that contrast sharply with the green vineyards. Also, for overnight stays there are beautiful accommodations to stay for a few nights of wonderful rest under the stars.
The central wine regions of Chile with the Aconcagua, Maipo, and Casablanca valleys north of the capital Santiago and the Colchagua and Curico Valleys south of it, is Chile’s largest wine producing and exporting area. This region is therefore the must for every wine lover who visits Chile on a wine tour. During your visit to the various wineries, vineyard tours and tastings, you will soon understand why these wine regions all create unique wines that have become world famous. The Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are the two largest white grape varieties grown here while the red grape varieties are Syrah, Merlot and Pinot Noir.
During your wine tour through the wine regions of central Chile and around the capital Santiago, you should not miss the different gastronomic traditions that the region offers. If you are a wine lover and gastronomic admirer, then the capital Santiago is the city where it all happens with a beautiful restaurant where you will also be served dishes with matching local wines. Don’t forget to take a trip to Valparaiso, the seaside resort by excellence.
Thanks to their much southern location, the wine regions around Itata, Bio Bio and Malleco enjoy a much cooler climate than the wine regions around Santiago and above. This colder climate benefits certain grape varieties such as the Muscat de Alexandria. There is even experimentation with the Gewürztraminer grape variety on some wine farms. An interesting wine region therefore to visit as a wine lover that is worth discovering during your wine tour through Chile.
In addition to interesting wine experiments and other grape varieties and wines than the other regions of Chile, the south of Chile also offers interesting sightseeing. Especially for the wine lovers who also like peace and nature, the lake area at Puerto Montt, Chiloe, and Villarrica are some examples of places you want to see and capture. There is no lack of beautiful hotels. In the midst of this beautiful nature and between the vineyards of these southern areas, some beautiful hotels have been built where you can completely relax and rest.
Best wineries to visit
Whichever wine region you prefer, all wine regions of Chile have wineries where delicious well-known and lesser-known wines are made. At Wineroundtrips.com we are constantly looking for you for the best unknown wineries that Chile has to offer so that you can enjoy an optimal and delicious wine tour with the best wine tastings.
Some wineries have now switched to organic wine making. If you are more interested in sustainable wine production, please let us know and we will put together a tailor-made wine tour to Chile for you.
The best accommodation for your wine tour through Chile
Chile has a wide choice of good authentic and boutique accommodations for a successful wine tour. Wineroundtrips.com has selected the best accommodations for you from bed & breakfast to beautiful boutique and wine hotels in the middle of the vineyards or another unique environment.
Whatever activities you want to undertake during your wine tour or thematic approach you wish to give to your wine tour, for example a culinary discovery tour, every region, every hotel has something unique to offer. From small boutique hotels and bed & breakfasts with a lot of charm and authenticity to larger luxury wine hotels with a more modern design and sometimes their own wellness and spa centre or golf course, each type of accommodation offers the opportunity to fully relax, relax and enjoy your unique wine experience.