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.
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.
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.
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.
La Casona at Matetic Vineyards is a typical, colonial, country home featuring seven stylish rooms. With over 100 years of history, in 2004 it was fully remodeled and beautifully decorated by the renowned Max Cummins. La Casona offers the perfect setting for a relaxing, unique holiday experience. Visit the vineyard, explore the grounds, taste the fine wines and relax in the peaceful Rosario Valley. Come and enjoy the incomparable personalized service and comfort of the hotel’s exceptional hospitality.
With extraordinary views of the Apalta vineyards and the surrounding mountains, Lapostolle Residence is the perfect place to enjoy nature with sophistication. Only four suites nestled into the native forested hillside of the valley, provide serenity and privacy. Each private terrace offers an ideal setting for quiet contemplation or intimate meals. The Residence, where the living and dining rooms are located, has a wonderful atmosphere where you can share your experience with fellow travelers. Our cuisine enhances the natural flavors from Chile and uses the local products from our organic vegetable and herb garden and also the local fresh markets from the area. The tasting room is furnished with high-tech equipments and can also be used for conferences and meetings.
Viña VIK Millahue Chile is a holistic vineyard that in on property totals comprised of multiple valleys, lakes, vines, hills, forests and majestic mountains. At Viña VIK Millahue, science, knowledge and the attention to every detail is the foundation, passion is the engine and the wine is the expression of art. The holistic approach means that the Viña VIK staff aim to create synergies between the land, the climate, the water, the environment, nature, high technology, modern techniques, diversity and man to permit the dynamic to reach its maximum potential. The result is vines that produce the highest quality grapes. The objective at Viña VIK Millahue is to create a premier grand cru class of South America and enter the pantheon of the best wines of the world.