Chilean Wineries

Wineries are an essential stop for any tourist in Chile. The dynamic wine industry has started producing top quality wines and vineyards offer some of Chile’s most beautiful landscapes.

Chile has a long viticultural history dating to the 16th century when the Spanish conquistadors brought the first grapes with them as they colonized the region. The good weather conditions allowed the plantation spreads in the central part of the country, because of that, during 18th century, French wine varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were introduced by Silvestre Ochagavia, who began the replacement of Spanish grapes.

Afterwards Ochagavia impact Chilean wine production with hiring a French winemaker. The idea spread to other producers, and by the end of the century the leading European experts had been hired wine, mostly French. In 1877 began the exportations to Europe.

By 1990 the Chilean wines definitively consolidated its presence in the international market with excellent results and a well-earned prestige. Chilean wines are now exported to more than countries on five continents.

Wine country in Chile stretches 600 miles from north to south – a fertile basin nestled between the majestic Andes and the Pacific Coast.

Most Chile’s best wineries are located in the Central Valley, and are easily accessible from Santiago. The Maipo, Casablanca and Colchagua Valleys are all within a few hours of downtown. Day trips to these scenic destinations offer respite from the busy city, extended trips are available to those looking to spend a few days relaxing in wine country.

Visiting Chilean wineries is a magical experience. Excellent wine, beautiful views, and a bit of history all make Chilean wine tours a must.