Chilean Wineries

Are you a wine lover? Will you be visiting Chile soon? Chile has unique and indisputable condition for growing grapes due to its mild climate. Here are a list of places to consider visiting:

North / Limarí Valley
Viña Tabalí
Winery tours and visits to the Valley of Enchantment. Tastings.

Central zone / Aconcagua Valley
Viña Errázuriz
Guided tours. Tastings. Wines and related products store. Sight views of the Aconcagua Valley.

Viña Sánchez de Loria
Guided tours of the old wineries dated back to 1890. Tastings. Grape harvest programme. Small-scale winery with traditional processes.

Visit to biodynamic vineyards. Ultra-premium wine tasting. Gourmet lunch at the Vineyard viewpoint (previous request and booking).

Central zone / Leyda Valley
Tastings, Equilibrio restaurant, winery visits and bike rides. Exclusive guest house. Wine Shop.

Casa Marín
It counts on the only wine bed & breakfast in Chile. Four types of tasting tours. Bicycle Tours by the Vineyard. It counts on a snow and wine programme in winter time in Valle Nevado. Picnic in places of their own vineyard. Wine Shop.

Central zone / Maipo Valley
Concha y Toro
A classic. Great store with wines that are no longer in the market. Wine Bar with first class cuisine.

Santa Rita
This vineyard owns the Andino Museum, which is a 1,500 m2 modern style building located in Alto Jahuel, with 1,800 pieces of pre-Columbian art. The restaurant Doña Paula, and the Hotel Casa Real have a more classic architecture. Wine store, vineyard tour and tastings.

Alto Maipo Wine Route.
This route considers the following vineyards: Domus, Haras de Pirque, El Principal, Portal del Alto, Huelquén, Pérez Cruz, and La Montaña. Hacienda Chada.

Cousiño Macul.
Tour by the vineyard, tastings and wine shop. Old harvests for sale.

Central Zone / Cachapoal Valley
Viña Gracia
Guided tours by the vineyard with a wine expert, with tastings and lunch at the “kitchen-restaurant ” where a chef prepares a special menu for visitors.

Viña Anakena
Tastings, winery visits, horseback riding and picnic in the vineyards.

Central Zone / Casablanca Valley
Restaurant. Wine Shop. Great view of the Casablanca Valley.

Casas del Bosque
Tanino Restaurant. Horseback riding by the Vineyard. Tastings. Wine Shop. Harvesting Experience, (activity during the harvest period in which visitors can harvest the grapes).

Emiliana Organic Vineyards
Organic and Biodynamic Tour. Picnic and tastings.

South Zone / Colchagua Valley
Viña La Playa
The hotel is a manor house with games room, tennis court, restaurant, pool and spa.

Casa Lapostolle
Clos Apalta Lodge. It is four luxury “cabins” and a guest house. Swimming pool. Trekking circuits. Horseback riding and biking.

Viña La Posada
Veta Bistro Restaurant.

Viña Casa Silva
Small hotel with seven rooms. Restaurant. Clothing boutique and gourmet products Store. Wine bar. Rodeo arena. Carriage rides.

Viña Viu Manent
Restaurant. Wine shop and tastings. Equestrian Club and carriage rides.

Viña Santa Cruz
Traditional Mapuche dwelling or Ruca. Cable car facility. Astronomical Center. local wines shop at the Hotel Santa Cruz Plaza.

Viña Neyén
Three types of tours. Horseback ride to a waterfall. Winery visit and tasting day or night (in summer).

South zone / Curico Valley
Viña Miguel Torres
Restaurant, tasting, vineyard tour and wine shop.

Viña San Pedro
Tour, tastings, sales room and tour around the largest vineyard in South America.

Curico Wine Route
Curico Valleys, Wine Route is called the association that brings together 14 wineries, most of them family businesses.

South Zone / Maule Valley
Casa Donoso
Wine Picnic. Horseback riding. Tastings. Guest house with four deluxe rooms.

Tabonkö (Viña Gillmore)
Guest house. Chapel and small zoo. Spa and wine therapy. Tastings and wine-derived cosmetic products store.

Maule Wine Route
15 vineyards associated.

Do not forget to taste the Carmenère! Even though this variety has been considered extinct for many years, in 1995 a French ampelographer rediscovered it in a vineyard located in the central valley.

We are more than happy to help you arrange one of these trips. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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Easter Island is among the world’s 10 most popular islands

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Learn more about our trips by visiting: Easter Island Mysteries or our Independent Rapa Nui

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New specie discovered in Venezuela by a BBC team

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To read more on this story in English click on the following link: ‘New’ swimming cave cricket species filmed

To read more on this story in Spanish click on the following link: Equipo de la BBC descubre “nuevas especies” en Venezuela

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