Nature blessed Chile with a privileged geography and such a diverse climate that it is perfect for the development of valley vineyards. Each grape variety is grown in a specific place, a factor that sets Chile apart in its development of different varieties of wine. For example, the Limarí Valley in the north produces excellent Chardonnay. The Maipo Valley is known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, and Casablanca boasts of some of the best Sauvignon Blanc in the country.
In this brief journey into a few of the most well-known Chilean valleys, you will discover a world of flavors, wines that are produced in specific areas and which have gained recognition for their quality and preservation of the wine-making traditions of the Chilean countryside.
380 kilometers north of Santiago
This go-to destination valley in the north of Chile offers considerable quality in its Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah wines. The conditions and proximity to the ocean give these wines a fresh flavor with subtle salty undertones. There are only a few vineyards to visit here, but the area has great touristic potential.
Located in Santiago
Many of the most important and classic wineries in Chile are based in Maipo Valley, which produces the country’s best Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Some of the vineyards are just 30 minutes from downtown Santiago, where red wines reign. USA Today selected it as the word´s third best wine region to visit.
74 kilometers west of Santiago
Casablanca is one of the few Chilean wine valleys not directly associated with a river. The valley extends 16 kilometers and was selected by Great Wine Capitals as one of the world capitals in winemaking.
With its interesting and diverse enotouristic offer, you can´t miss the opportunity to taste the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
150 kilometers southeast of Santiago
The Colchagua Valley was the first to develop a successful wine tour. It was recognized in 2005 as the Best Wine Region in the World by the Wine Enthusiast magazine.
It is a national leader in the production of the most important red wine varieties. In Colchagua you must try the Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.