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:
Chile's wine regions are year-round destinations. The vendimias (wine festivals) take place in March and April.
A superb location in vibrant Santiago. Easy access to sight seeing, shopping centres, and numerous delightful local restaurants.
An elegant mansion in the attractive Providencia district of Santiago, combining style and comfort.
A beautiful historic mansion in the smart Cerro Alegre district overlooking Valparaiso Bay, with period features and 21st century comforts
Time: GMT -4 hours
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 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.
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.