I have three days to explore Chile's wine country. Where should I go to visit some good producers along the coast? Patricio Tapia gives Decanter an answer.

Weekend Chile wine tour – ask Decanter

Chris Bourchier, Combe, Oxfordshire asks: I am going to Santiago, Chile on a business trip, and can tack on three days holiday to explore wine country. Where should I go if I want to visit some good producers towards the coast. Could you also recommend some hotels?

Patricio Tapia, for Decanter, replies: For coastal Chilean wines, it is best to start with Casablanca. For a weekend Chile wine tour on the coast, rent a car in Santiago and, in less than 45 minutes, you will be at the heart of the valley. I would combine a large winery such as Veramonte with a smaller, artisanal producer like Kingston – both make very good wines. For lunch, Tanino at Casas del Bosque winery is one of the best restaurants in the area. (The wines are also very good.)

To sleep, you can drive west and in about 20 minutes you’re in the coastal harbour city of Valparaíso. The atmosphere here is unique and there are many small hotels. My favourite is the Zero Hotel, an old house transformed into a small, warm and very well located hotel. From Valparaíso you can also travel to San Antonio Valley, home to some of the best Sauvignon Blancs in South America. Casa Marín, Matetic and Amayna wineries are a must.

 

 

  • Colchagua Wine Tours

    I agree with Cynthia, if you really want to enjoy touring Chile’s wineries it’s best to hire a driver for the day. The legal driving limit in Chile for blood alcohol is 30mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. This is means that one glass of wine or a small glass of beer will take you over the limit.

    At Colchagua Wine Tours we specialize in wine tours to all of Chile’s wine valleys. If you like white wines then Casablanca is your best bet, but if you prefer reds then Colchagua Valley is for you. Colchagua is located 2:30hrs from Santiago and we provide day wine tours and multi-day itineraries.

  • Cynthia Galdames

    Great recommendations, but maybe to rent a car it’s not a good idea considering that you want to taste some wine. And in the area of Casablanca there are 2 wineries that I really recommend: Emiliana and Bodegas Re… you definitely have to visit at least one of those. Hope you have a great experience!

  • Cynthia Galdames

    Great recommendations, but maybe to rent a car it’s not a good idea considering that you want to taste some wine. And in the area of Casablanca there are 2 wineries that I really recommend: Emiliana and Bodegas Re… you definitely have to visit at least one of those. Hope you have a great experience!