Central Valley and Wine Region
As one of the most fertile wine producing regions of the world, Chile’s winelands are renowned for their quality of sun-loving grapes. With wine deep-rooted in Chilean culture, staying in this region, offers the chance to experience traditional Chilean hospitality and indulge in relaxed country life and spectacular scenery. It is the perfect base to start or end your Chilean adventure.
Surrounding the capital city Santiago and traversing the Central Valley, are a number of lush and fertile valleys which make up the Wine Region of Chile. Distinct in style and grape, each valley offers a slightly different experience and flavour of Chilean wine. Wedged between the Andes and coastal mountain range, the region boasts a Mediterranean landscape, with dry sunny days, cool nights and a year-round pleasant climate.
Located just outside of Santiago is the iconic Maipo Valley, home to some of the most well-known Chilean wines and the country’s oldest wineries. Found by the conquistadors, it is the birth place of Chile’s first vineyards and still today produces wine in traditional colonial style wineries. Slightly further south is the Colchagua Valley, revered as a winemaker’s paradise it is known for its value wine. Clutching on to its traditions and customs, a stay here provides a culturally rich experience, where cowboys still roam and horse-drawn carriages are still used. Neighbouring Colchagua Valley is the Millahue Valley, meaning ‘Place of Gold’ its name is certainly reflected in its landscape and is undoubtedly the most rural, remote and beautiful of all the valleys. For those who prefer a crispy white over a full-bodied red then the Casa Blanca Valley is the place to go. West of Santiago and further north than the former valleys, it boasts a much cooler climate perfect for cultivating quality wines such as the Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Whilst Maipo Valley, can easily be arranged on a day trip from Santiago, the remaining valleys are worthy of a night or two at the end or start of your Chile Holiday. A number of luxurious boutique hotels and colonial haciendas can be found nestled amongst the vines and serve as the perfect retreat from which to explore the surrounding area. Time is spent touring the vineyards and discovering viticulture, sampling an array of world-class wines and indulging in gourmet cuisine. In the months of March to May when the grapes are ripening, you have the opportunity to take part in the harvest. For those who like to be active then Chile's central valley offers a wealth of activities, including mountain-biking, horse-riding and hiking.