Valle de Maipo
In 1851 Don Silvestre Ochagavía brought vines from France to plant on his Talagante estate. Ochagavía introduced vines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon, Semillon and Riesling. These were the basis for the beginning of the modern wine industry in Chile. By the mid 1880s, Chilean wines were successfully exported to European markets. The quality of these wines was recognized at multiple international fairs and competitions, culminating in 1889, when they won the “Grand Prix” in Paris. In 1938, the area planted with vineyards in Chile exceeded 100,000 hectares, when wine exports reached their maximum levels equivalent to the pre-war period.
Wineries: Concha y Toro, Haras de Pirque, Cousiño Macul, Aquitania, Almaviva,
Undurraga, Pérez Cruz, Santa Rita, De Martino, Tarapacá.
Valle de Colchagua
Located 150 km south of Santiago, the Colchagua Valley is privileged in terms of its optimal conditions for producing excellent wines. With a temperate and dry climate, but with sufficient irrigation water, thanks to the Tinguiririca River that crosses the valley. Colchagua is a narrow valley that begins in the foothills of the Andes Mountains and extends to the Pacific Ocean. Its 910,000 hectares contain diverse microclimates, soil types and hillsides, ideal for the production of high quality wines, as well as numerous vineyards of great prestige and tradition, producing the best Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Carménère and Malbec in the country.
Vineyards: Lapostolle, Montes, Viu Manent, Montgras, Santa Cruz, Neyen, Laura Hartwig…
Valle de Aconcagua
Today the vineyards of this valley are gaining both national and international recognition. With its large extensions of vineyards, where visitors can appreciate modern and sophisticated forms of wine production, along with beautiful landscapes of the traditional Chilean countryside. There are also small vineyards where wine is still produced in the traditional way.
Vineyards: Errázuriz, San Esteban, Sanchez de Loria, Von Siebenthal, Seña.
Valle de Casablanca
The Casablanca Valley is considered one of the 10 Wine Capitals of the World by the Great Wine Capitals of the World. It is located approximately 1 hour drive from Santiago and only 40 minutes from Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. This valley is known for being home to the best white wines in the country. Thanks to its cool climate with maritime influence, it is ideal for producing sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir of excellent quality.
Wineries: Veramonte, Emiliana, Wiliam Cole, Casas del Bosque, Kingston, Matetic, Mar,
Indomita, Bodega Re.
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