Chile’s renowned wine region is compact and well located – many of the best vineyards are within a 100-mile radius of Santiago.
Established in the 1980s, the Casablanca Valley has quickly become one of Chile’s most important wine producing regions.
A cold climate wine producer, a cool fog rolls in from the Pacific Ocean each morning making the climate ideal for production of white wines Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Visit Matetic Vineyard for fruity and citrus tasting Sauvignon Blancs and Syrah.
Head to the Casablanca Valley for the day from Valparaiso or Santiago, or for a longer stay, visit our latest love affair in the region, Casa Macaire, a family home run by a British Chilean couple.
One of our favourite tastings takes place at Bodegas Re, a boutique wine producer in the heart of the valley.
The Milahue Valley
Further south from the capital, the Milahue Valley is similar to the Colchagua Valley in climate and grape production. Vik, an ostentatious avant-garde metallic building inspired by Frank Gehry steals the show for those looking for the most artistic and unique property.
Each of the 29 rooms has been designed by a different Chilean artist. Design is ostentatious and wacky.
The bodega feels like more of an art installation than a wine production centre. Vik are renowned for the blends. The Piubelle is often paired with lunch while a heavier Cabernet Sauvignon is usually reserved for dinner.
The Colchagua Valley
South of Santiago, the Colchagua Valley sits 160km from the capital.
Mineral rich soils and a warm temperate climate mean the Colchagua Valley is perfect for Carmenere, Syrah and Malbec.
Known for Carmenere and its rich peppery undertones, the Colchagua Valley is why Chile is so famous for reds.
La Apostalle’s Clos Apalta residence, is a fabulously designed and owned by the French family behind Grand Marnier. A six story egg-shaped bodega burrows into the ground. Tours begin at the top and make their way down the spiral staircase, stopping at each level to taste different varieties.
The property has just four casitas. Design is muted, rustic and luxurious. There are floor to ceiling windows and private terraces overlooking the vines. Hikes are led into the surrounding woodlands. Horses are on site for guests to explore the vineyards with.