Maipo Valley, Chilean Vineyards

Chilean Winelands

The green and rugged Maipo Valley southeast of Santiago is considered by many experts to be the best wine-producing area in Chile and provides an easy escape from the bustle of the capital.

Chile grows a variety of grape including Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, which are harvested from February, through to the end of April. The summers are hot and dry therefore guaranteeing good large ripe fruit nurtured by the melted snow of the Andes.

Wine Cellar, Chile

A little more about Chilean Wineries

There are several notable vineyards in the area, including Cousino-Macul, Concha y Toro, Santa Ines and Undurraga. While in Chile, it is worth going on a day trip to visit the local vineyards or stay the night, as some owners have opened their properties to paying guests.

Atacama Sunset, Chile

Highlights of Chile

Explore the length of this filament of a country, full of vast and varied landscapes, from the finger-like granite peaks of the Torres del Paine National Park in the south to the lunar-like Atacama Desert in the north, with time spent among the snow-capped volcanoes and hot springs of the Chilean Lake District.

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Casa Real, Bodega, Vina Santa Rita Vineyard, Maipo Valley, Chile

Vineyard Tasting Tour

Take an informative tasting tour at one of Chile’s finest vineyards and wineries, sampling varieties that include Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

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Spring in Winelands, Maipo Valley, Chile

Wineland Picnic Stroll

Embark on an afternoon stroll, bringing along a gourmet picnic and a bottle of wine from the local vineyard to indulge in beneath the shade of a tree.

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Vineyard Path, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Biking the Wine Country

Hop on a mountain bike and join a lightly-trodden trail through the foothills and endless grape fields.

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Horse riding, Winelands, Chile

Horse Riding in the Wine Valleys

Travel through undulating landscapes and past bountiful vineyards on horseback, perhaps with a gourmet packed lunch and bottle of red in the saddlebag.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Hotel Terra Vina £££££

  • Chile
  • Vineyard

Hotel Terra Vina is located in the Colchagua Valley within the grounds of a family vineyard. The hotel offers 19 pretty rooms and one master suite. All rooms have private colonial style bathrooms, oak floors, cable TV, fan, central heating, and a balcony with a spectacular view towards the Andes Mountains. There is also a swimming pool and breakfast room – and a number of good restaurants within a short walking distance from the hotel.

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Casa Real £££££

  • Chile
  • Vineyard

Situated on the estate of the Vina Santa Rita vineyard, Casa Real is a former summerhouse turned boutique property set within 100 acres of a park designed by French landscape gardener Guillaume Renner. Its 16 charming rooms surround a peaceful courtyard and are elegantly furnished in a traditional style with local fabrics and large windows, while the communal salons and dining rooms are spectacular spaces that have retained their grand features and dramatic chandeliers. The restaurant serves gourmet cuisine, a viewing terrace offers views of the swan lake, and two outdoor swimming pools lie in wait in the tranquil gardens.

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Vik Chile £££££

  • Chile
  • Vineyard

Constructed from curves of sheet titanium that glint under the glowing sun, Vik Chile is not only a striking piece of architecture but a unique vineyard retreat set in 11,000 private acres. Carefully placed in between the bitter South Pacific Ocean and high-altitude Andes to aid the production of its world-class wines, guests of Vik Chile are afforded picturesque views of fading mountains and stacked blue hills. A dazzling panoramic infinity pool, flanked on one side by a wooden deck and a string of inviting deck chairs, overlooks native trees and the remarkable Colchagua Valley.

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Clos Apalta Residence £££££

  • Chile
  • Vineyard

Lapostolle Residence is an exclusive and unique winery set on a forested hillside overlooking the Colchagua Valley Winelands. Set up by a family who produces the renowned Grand Marnier Liquor, Lapostolle has become an excellent brand in its own right, particularly well known for its premium wine, Clos Apalta. The four stand-alone casitas, all named after different wines that they produce, are beautifully decorated and have their own private terraces to take in the wonderful views. There is a restaurant area exclusively for guests, the food on offer is excellent and based upon typical Chilean cuisine.

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Matetic Vineyard La Casona £££££

  • Chile
  • Vineyard

A recently refurbished century-old estancia set in the heart of the San Antonito Valley, Matetic Vineyard La Casona is boutique property nestled in between the capital city of Santiago and the port town of Valparaiso. The on-site Equilibrio Restaurant offers authentic Chilean cuisine that is inspired by their ‘slow food’ philosophy and made from locally-sourced ingredients, all paired with fine wines.

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Combining the arid Atacama Desert and iconic Torres Del Paine National Park in Patagonia, the dramatic contrasts of its landscapes make Chile one of Paul’s most treasured travel destinations.

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