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Why visit the Winelands

Visiting one or more of Chile’s wine producing areas – the Casablanca, Aconcagua, Maipo, Cachapoal and Colchagua Valleys – is a wonderful element of any Chilean holiday. The fertile landscapes are populated by endless rows of vines, peach orchards, avocado and fig plantations, and wine estates of all sizes and ages can be found here, so there are plenty of opportunities for tastings. Spending a couple of nights in a charming hotel or lodge and seeing this lovely area – or perhaps even exploring it on horseback or by mountain bike – is relaxing and hugely enjoyable. If you’re here in March and April, don’t miss one of the many vendimias (wine festivals) where wine tasting is combined with traditional food, music and dance – not to mention the grape crushing competitions!
Reasons to visit the Winelands include:

  • Taste Chilean Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay in the Casablanca Valley, famed for its white wines. Visit the Wine Tourism Event Centre at Estancia El Cuadro and some of the many wineries in this region. 
  • Take a tour round the cellars and plantations of the Aconcagua Valley and taste Pinot Noir, Carménère, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec. 
  • The coastal village of Isla Negra is a literary and artistic community, full of restaurants and craft shops and the Pablo Neruda Museum. 
  • The Colchagua Valley is home to several fine wineries and to the Colchagua Museum in Santa Cruz, which houses an important collection of pre-Hispanic art.  
  • The Cousino Macul Winery is one of the oldest in the country, founded in 1856. Its beautiful wine cellar is made of a traditional mixture of lime, sand and egg white. 
  • Some of Chile’s most prestigious wines come from the Maipo Valley, a region famed in particular for its Cabernet Sauvignon and for some of the most historic wineries in the country. 
  • Rafting on the Maipo River will take you through gorgeous mountain scenery. 
  • The Cachapoal Valley, with its hot summers and rainy winters, is deal for growing the grapes that are used to make red wine. Carménère is perhaps the best-known variety of wine from this valley. 
  • The plains around the Cachapoal Valley also feature historic haciendas, where cowboys – huasos – still work and fine horses are bred here. Stay in a hacienda, go horse riding, visit a local rodeo or go fly fishing. 
  • Visit the Valparaiso World Heritage Site.

When to go to the Winelands

Chile's wine regions are year-round destinations. The vendimias (wine festivals) take place in March and April.

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Time: GMT -4 hours

Flight time:

There are direct flights from London Heathrow to Santiago, which operate 4 times a week and take 14 hours 40 minutes. The Chilean airline, LATAM, flies via Madrid.

Language: The official language is Spanish. but other local languages are also spoken. English is spoken quite widely.

Visas:

Visas are not currently required for British passport holders staying for up to 90 days, who are issued with a ‘Tarjeta de Turismo-Tourist Card’ on arrival. You must retain this and present it to immigration on departure.

Health:

Generally none is compulsory but we recommend the following: hepatitis A and B, typhoid, diphtheria, meningitis, tetanus, rabies and polio. There is no malaria in Chile. A yellow fever certificate is required if you are coming from an infected area.

 

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