Wines of Chile

Chilean Wine Self Drive

The region has a long viticultural history for a New World wine region dating to the 16th century when the Spanish conquistadors brought Vitis vinifera vines with them as they colonized the region. In the mid-18th century, French wine varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were introduced. In the early 1980s, a renaissance began with the introduction of stainless steel tanks and the use of oak barrels for aging. Wine exports grew very quickly as quality wine production increased. The number of wineries has grown from 12 in 1995 to over 70 in 2005. Chile is now the fourth largest exporter of wines to the United States. The climate has been described as midway between that of California and France. The most common grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenère .

Chile Wine Overview

Day-1: Santiago

Day-2: Santiago - Las Majadas de Colchagua

Day-3: Viña Bisquertt

Day-4: Colchagua - Valparaíso (250 km / 160 mi)

Day-5: Drive through the Coast

Day-6: Termas de Jahuel (260 km / 160 mi)

Day-7: Santiago (100 km / 62 mi)

Day-8: Depart Santiago (B)

Chile Wine Experience

Chile Wine Experience Tour

Day-1: Santiago
Arrive Santiago and transfer to Hotel Diego Del Armagro,situated 5 minutes form the airport (SIB transfer).

Day-2: Santiago - Las Majadas de Colchagua (190 km / 120 mi)
After breakfast, transfer back to the airport to pick up your car and drive to the renowned Colchagua Valley. By finding Ruta 5 Sur is rather easy. Drive 142 kilometres to San Fernando and then follow the route towards Santa Cruz. Along the road you will be able to see how the thriving wine industry has taken over most of the valley. There at Santa Cruz you will reach your final destination at Viña Bisquertt. There, the old family house has been remodelled to provide excellent accommodations as well as an inviting wine cellar.

Day-3: Viña Bisquertt
This day you can pick your way through some of the many wineries of this always surprising region, while driving you will be able to see Chile's most traditional Huaso area, with old adobe houses and beautiful corridors. Overnight at Las Majadas de Colchagua. (Breakfast)

Day-4: Colchagua - Valparaíso (250 km / 160 mi)
Today you will drive through the I-80-g route to reach your final destination in Valparaíso.Today you will drive through the I-80-g route to reach your final destination in Valparaíso. This route is a great alternative to Chile's main highway since it keeps most of the quaint appearance from the old times. Once you make it to Valparaíso you will be able to experience the oldest and most important port of Chile. Valparaiso's picturesque layout, enhanced by the surrounding hills that seem to dive into the ocean, remind us that this was once the most important maritime destination of the Pacific coast before the Strait of Panama as opened to navigation in 1914. Overnight in Valparaíso. (Breakfast)

Day-5: Drive through the Coast
Today you can drive along the coast and explore some of the most traditional beach town in Chile, including Viña del Mar and Con Con. Maybe you want to explore the nearby old whale processing factory in Quintay or visit the house of Pablo Neruda (Literature Nobel Prize winner) in Isla Negra with its beautiful collections (Closed on Mondays). There are some amazing wineries that specialize in whites in the Casablanca valley. Overnight in Valparaíso. (Breakfast)

Day-6: Termas de Jahuel (260 km / 160 mi)
Today you will leave the coast to start climbing up the Andes Mountain Range. You will drive towards the city of San Felipe. Here you will start seeing some of the traditional country side houses that were built in one of Chile's first developed agricultural areas.
Then at 1180 m / 3900 ft and only 14 km / 9 mi Northeast of San Felipe you will find the amazing spa and health service of Alto Jahuel. Overnight in Alto Jahuel. (Breakfast)

Day-7: Santiago (100 km / 62 mi)
Today you will drive back to the airport to hand back your car. Transfer SIB back to Hotel Diego Del Armagro. Overnight Santiago. (Breakfast)

Day-8: Depart Santiago (B)
After breakfast, transfer back to the airport for your flight home

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Wines of Chile

Incredible wines of Chile
Duration 10 Days
Best time September to March
Accommodation Hotels

Dates and Costs

All of these trips are arranged on a private basis. Costs vary based on the number of people.

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Wine tour of Chile

Price includes
7 nights hotel at hotels above with breakfast daily
6 days' car rental including unlimited free mileage, local tax,
Full CDW coverage,
Ensurance PAI and SACA
Roadmap and descriptions
A deductible of 30 UF plus tax (approx. USD 1.500) in case of robbery or theft/burglary of the car.
The same deductible will apply if the misuse of the car leads to the loss the car itself.

Prices excludes
International flights
Required airport taxes
Visa's and vaccinations
Items of clothing, sleeping bags and miscellaneous drinks, etc.

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