Red or white? No matter what your favorite is, surely in Chile you will find one of the best wines you have tasted in your life, because wine is one of the great attractions of this country. That's right, we are exporters, and in the last decades of the 20th century the success and quality of the national wine has been increasing, since then, several Chilean wines have climbed positions to be among the best in the world, as is the case of Cabernet. The Chilean wine industry leads as the the first exporter in America and the Southern Hemisphere, being the fourth worldwide. And you, have you tried the wine during your stay in Chile?
A little history…
The history of Chilean wine dates back to the first vines or vines that were introduced into the Captaincy General of Chile between 1541 and 1554. The first vines arrived in Chile via Lima and were planted in the city of La Serena. The result was prosperous and they multiplied very quickly. In 1551 the first harvest of grapes was made in the Elqui Valley and in the Limarí Valley, after that successful test they were taken to the surroundings of Santiago to continue harvesting.
Today the most renowned vineyards are concentrated in the central zone of the country and mainly French grape varieties are cultivated, refining the blends and ripening techniques with very good results.
Where do I find the best Chilean wine?
Without a doubt, taking a tour of a vineyard is one of the best things to do in central Chile, where you can connect with nature, learn about the process, and try different types of this exquisite concoction.
We recommend you:
Concha y Toro Vineyard Tour (Half day): An experience that will take you to the picturesque rural area of Pirque, located just 1 hour from Santiago, where you will get to know one of the most important vineyards in the world up close. Here you can also taste a selection of wines, including the prestigious Casillero del Diablo, from the Carmenere reserve. Internationally recognized variety that is only commercially grown in Chile.
More information and reservations at: Concha y Toro Vineyard
Wine Route Tour – Maipo Valley: it is an entertaining experience full of history, traditions and wine. Here you can choose between Viña Cousiño Macúl, Viña Santa Rita and Viña Concha y Toro, according to your interest, time and tastes. In addition, you can enjoy a delicious lunch at Fundación Mercado Origen.
More information and reservations at: Private Tour, Wine Route