Set between the snow-capped Andes and the coast, the fertile valleys around Santiago are home to world-famous wineries, country traditions and warm hospitality. Exclusive winery estates, some among the oldest and most beautiful in Chile, offer relaxing stays in their colonial haciendas or boutique lodges as well as the opportunity to sample some of the region’s finest wines. Stays of 2 nights are recommended to best appreciate the beautiful and peaceful surroundings, however a full-day visit from Santiago can also be arranged. In the renowned Colchagua valley, tours of the vineyards are often combined with a visit to the charming town of Santa Cruz and its splendid Colchagua Museum, which contains a magnificent collection of pre-Columbian artefacts.
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The Casablanca Valley is located 40 km from the old port of Valparaiso and 80 km from the capital Santiago. The cool climate, due to the proximity to the coast, creates ideal conditions for growing premium white wines and the region is well known for its Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Production in the Casablanca Valley began in the 1980s and the vineyards use the most up to date developments and procedures in wine making
Colchagua The province of Colchagua extends across Chile's great central valley and has a considerable area devoted to agriculture and wine production. The principal river is the Rapel, sometimes considered to be the southern limit of the Inca empire, while its tributary, the Tinguiririca, runs through the 120-kilometre long Colchagua Valley, one of Chile's most renowned wine producing areas
The Maipo Valley The Maipo Valley is located an hour's drive south of Santiago and is one of Chile's best known and longest established wine producing regions.Three of the country's oldest wineries are based here; Cousino Macul, Concha y Toro and Santa Rita. Some of the finest Chilean wines are produced in the area
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