Exploring Chilean wine country is one of the best ways to see the beauty of Chile all while enjoying some of the world's best wines. You will visit the Central Valley Region known for its distinct and award winning wines. This tour mixes wine tasting with history and exquisite cuisines. Travel through the Andes to Laguna Del Inca in highest mountains in the Americas. Visit archaeological sites displaying petroglyphs and stunning views. Wine lovers and history buffs will not want to miss this one of a kind tour of Chile.
About Chile's Wine
During the 19th century in Bordeaux, France a plague of insects all but obliterated grapes used in making Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet and Carménère. France was able to rebound on most of it’s wines with the exemption of Carménère, which has found a new home in Chile, due to the perfect climate that is adequate for the deep red wine. The climate in the central valleys in Chile make it an exceptional place for the Carménère to thrive due to the minimal rainfall during normal growing season.
This sought after wine is important because it was thought that the grapes used were extinct for over a hundred years. The Carménère plant in France was no longer able to adapt to the colder spring season. For the longest time Chilean farmers thought that the Carménère was just a clone of Merlot grape.
In the early 90’s a French renowned student of ampelographv, Jean Michel Boursiquot realized that the plant was not of Merlot but actually the Carménère. It wasn’t until Chile began producing the wine that it became world renowned ,winning awards in Asia, Australia and United States. The Central valley in Chile is one of the few places in the world that has a tolerable climate for growing Carménèr grapes and is a great area to visit during your stay in Chile.
Welcome to Chile! We will be waiting for you at the airport. Our guides will transport guests to their hotel where you will spend two nights in this spectacular metropolis. Explore the city and dine at one of our recommended restaurants for the remainder of the day.
On Day 2 wake up and get ready for a day trip to Cajon Del Maipo or explore historical sites such as Santa Lucia and Cerro San Cristobol. Enjoy the catch of the day at Mercado Central Go shopping at the local artisans mall while enjoying Santiago’s rich history. The day ends back at your hotel.
Santiago is known as the city that never sleeps and also for its rich history, great food, wine and land marks. Santiago is loaded with museums and beautiful Cathedrals. We offer activities at the beginning and end of our tours, however this is subject to change and will depend on your arrival and departure times. Many of our guests have insisted on extending their vacation a few more days, to take in all that Santiago has to offer.