If you are a wine enthusiast and would like to enjoy a fresh take on this fascinating drink, we invite you to discover wine tours in Chile. Grab a glass and explore the wonderful tourist attractions in the beautiful valleys where the vines are grown. From north to south, you will find important vineyards that produce some of the most outstanding wines in the world and that will open your palate to new experiences.
Elqui Valley and Limarí Valley
Located in the Coquimbo Region, 500 kilometers north of Santiago, the Elqui Valley is the northern border of Chile’s winemaking territories. One of the main hubs for stargazing and astrotourism, the valley is also renowned for its Cabernet Sauvignon and its production of pisco, a type of grape brandy that is very popular in Chile and one of the best wine tours in Chile. For those interested in learning more about the history of pisco, visit the Los Nichos artisanal distillery and the Capel pisco distillery, where you will be able to prepare cocktails and visit their museum.
The Viña Falernia and Cavas del Valle wineries are open to the public if you would like to learn more about the winemaking process, taste wines, and have lunch at their local restaurants. The Limarí Valley is in a different sector of the Coquimbo Region, characterized by the production of white grapevines and fresh reds due to its mineral-rich terroir. Its Mediterranean climate has a strong sea influence, which favors the production of exquisite wines.
For those who wish to follow some of the best wine routes in northern Chile, there are tours of the Limarí Valley and the mythical El Encanto Valley, to see the remains of pre-Colombian villages. You can also visit many different wineries such as Agua Tierra, Tamaya and Tabalí. The latter offers a guided tour of its facilities, with wine and cheese tasting sessions, and a stop to enjoy a typical lunch in the Chilean countryside.
The tour of the Agua Tierra winery includes music, local cuisine and a party. Finally, Viña Tamaya offers a particular visit to a rural cemetery inside its winery. You may also climb one of the two viewpoints overlooking Mount Tamaya.
The Aconcagua Valley stands out for its privileged location between Santiago and Valparaíso. This is where Viña Errázuriz is located, one of the world’s most renowned wineries and one of the best wine tours in Chile. A visit to this vineyard includes a walk with beautiful views of the valley, century-old wineries and wine tasting. Nearly adjacent to Errázuriz is Von Siebenthal, a traditional winery with sophisticated technology and wines from grapevines such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Carménère and Petit Verdot.
The Aconcagua Valley also offers other attractions and activities, such as pre-Colombian petroglyphs found in the San Esteban vineyard, visiting the Portillo ski resort, trekking to Mount Aconcagua and kayaking in the Laguna del Inca, home to one of Chile’s most moving legends.
Just an hour and a half from Santiago lies the Casablanca Valley, where you will find one of the most outstanding wine tours in Chile, home to a dozen vineyards specially dedicated to serve wine tourism enthusiasts. Apart from wines and tastings, they offer fine cuisine and a wide range of activities. Vineyards such as Santa Rita, Concha y Toro, Santa Emiliana, Santa Carolina and Morandé offer wine tastings, horse-drawn carriage rides and restaurant lunches.
At House of Morandé, a chef makes five-star preparations to marry the wines. Attend organic wine tastings at Viña Emiliana, have lunch at Casas del Bosque and enjoy panoramic views at Viña Indomita. Viña Puro Caballo offers traditional Huaso (Chilean cowboy) and horse shows.
San Antonio Valley
One hour away from the port of San Antonio is one of Chile’s newest wine regions: the San Antonio Valley. Its vineyards stand out for the production of fine white wines, yet their reds also boast top quality and flavors. The Casa Marín, Garcés Silva, Leyda and Matetic wineries focus on the production of premium wines, recognized both nationally and abroad.
Visit the wineries of San Antonio during your visit to the Valparaiso region. It is one of the newest wine tours in Chile with state-of-the-art tourism infrastructure.