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Wine Trails Region

Surrounding Chile’s capital to the north, west, and south are the many distinct valleys of the Wine Country.

Easily accessible from Santiago on a single day’s trip are opportunities to imbibe more about the wine-growing process, while also taking in the country’s wine culture and sampling its many unique flavors.

Colchagua Valley

About a three-hour bus ride south of Santiago, in Chile’s central region, lies the Colchagua Valley, one of the country’s best-known wine regions, much esteemed for its full-bodied red wines.

Explore the 13 wineries of the renowned Colchagua Wine Route, where you can tour the vineyards and cellars as well as sample the world-class red and white wines. The area also offers hotels—including the exclusive, four-casita Lapostolle Residence, known for its premium Chilean wine, Clos Apalta—in addition to restaurants, shops, and trail rides.

Aside from its wine, the Colchagua Valley is also rich in culture and traditions, home to the huaso culture (Chilean cowboys) plus local criolla culture and traditions.

Visit the beautiful, centuries-old colonial architecture of Lolol, which has been deemed a Heritage Zone. The major tourist city of Santa Cruz is only 25 miles east, its Museo de Colchagua housing one of Chile’s greatest cultural heritage collections.

Millahue Valley “Place of Gold”

A two-hour drive south of Santiago to the mountainous Millahue Valley (or “Place of Gold,” as the natives called it) is where you will find the prestigious winery and world-class lodge known as Viña Vik, an avant-garde retreat set on 11,000 acres of ideal wine-producing wilderness and surrounded by hills, a small lake, and the Andes Mountains.

Rather humble in nature, with its ramshackle village houses and a single dirt road, Vik’s success has drawn more sophisticated amenities to the area, including hotels and wineries.

San Antonio Valley

Dotted between the Pacific Coast and the Maipo Valley is a small and rather unique region known as the Rosario Valley (a subdivision of San Antonio Valley).

Its vineyards are only two and a half miles from the sea, making it one of the most maritime among the wine-growing regions, and the varietals found here are a distinctive assortment of mineral-rich whites and spicy reds.

Although the region has yet to be developed, with no current wine route, it boasts some of Chile’s best sauvignon blanc and pinot noir wines, one among several recognized wine-producing areas with the official DO (Denominación de Origen) seal.

You can pay a visit to the organic vineyards at Matetic Vineyards, situated less than 12.5 miles from the coast, a place known for its biodynamic wine-producing principles, which also features the acclaimed Equilibrio restaurant and an adjoining winery.