Chile Travel Advice For Wine Aficionados
Aconcagua’s foothills morph into white wines nearer the coast. The sheer beauty of the tallest mountain in the Americas with its snow-capped peak is a big draw for tourists.
Casablanca (DO – Aconcagua): As a wine producer, Casablanca is a new-comer. But it has quickly grown into a huge producer of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, along with classics like Pinot Noir and Merlot. The wine circuit tours here are very well attended, since the climate here is cool and it’s just a short hop from Santiago.
Maipo (DO – Central Valley): The Maipo vineyards cover a total of 10,000 hectares of the Central Valley, located east to west between Santiago and the coast. They’re among the top Cabernet Sauvignon producers in the country. Being so close to Santiago allows visitors to explore the entire valley bit by bit in day trips and half-day excursions to one or two vineyards.
Rapel (DO – Central Valley): The Rapel Valley south of Santiago has two separate wine growing regions – Cachapoal and Colchagua. Cachapoal is known for its Merlot and Carmenere while Colchagua is famous for its massive production of full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. Wineries here offer full tours of the production facilities with tastings included.
Curico (DO – Central Valley): Oenophiles looking for Chile travel advice would do well to take note of this region and its wines. The 19,000 hectares covered by vineyards here produce more than 30 different wine grapes. Curico also has a lot going in terms of events and festivals, which include fashion shows and also the annual Grape Harvest Festival.
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