Chile’s Central Valley: The Wine Route
The central zone of Chile, located between two mountain ranges: the Andes and Coastal ranges, is home to fertile valleys bathed by different rivers. Taking advantage of these special characteristics, this area of the country has seen the establishment of vineyards that produce different and exquisite varieties of wines. It’s led to Chile being recognized as one of the main exporters of wine from the “new world.”
If you are coming to Chile, it’s worthwhile to explore one of several wine routes:
Located between Santiago and Valparaíso, this area has nearly 25 large vineyards. Tourism development is on the rise and offers interesting attractions, including good gastronomic offerings and tours to the wineries where you can immerse yourself in the traditions of Chilean farms.
Maipo Alto route:
With a group of vineyards situated in the foothills of the Andes mountain range, this is one of the best areas in Chile where red wine is produced. It has half-day tours in the morning or the afternoon where you’ll visit one to two vineyards. There are also horseback riding tours and an ecotourism tour with zip lining through the canopy and trekking.
Hosting 17 different vineyards, including some internationally recognized, Colchagua Valley is known as a first-class tourist destination in the world. The captivating landscapes of vineyards located on the hills, centenarian vines, enchanting old-style houses and good restaurants make it a wonderful place for losing yourself.
This valley offers tourists a diverse set of 14 vineyards: big wineries with the latest technology and small ones that showcase the familiar tradition and the passion behind the production of wine.
Known as the largest and one of the oldest valleys, it is where the Central Valley wine route ends. Cultural attractions in the Maule region include the O’Higgins Museum, Fine Arts Museum and Huilquilemy Cultural Village. Chanco has been declared a “typical” or traditional zone and features beautiful colonial architecture and handmade crafts.