Few places on Earth could compete with the vast diversity of geography that lies within Chile’s long, narrow borders. The Andes Mountains, the Atacama Desert, the Pacific Ocean, the Patagonian Ice Fields, and even Antarctica frame hundreds of lakes, rivers, and valleys dotted with volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, forests, wetlands, and more, all in a strip of land 4.300 km (2.700 mi) long and no more than 177 km (110 mi) wide. In addition to breathtaking scenery and abundant natural resources, this brush-stroke of a country along the southwestern coast of South America is an agricultural paradise whose bounty of fruits and vegetables supplies the world’s market places and whose wine graces tables on every continent.
Chile Wine Regions
The appreciated geographic characteristics, the Mediterranean climate with marked seasons and the fertility of its valleys have allowed Chile to be an eminent wine producing country, establishing and innovative touristic focus integrating countryside, tradition and its people. Wine tourism is currently a seal along our land. The Ruta del Vino is like a mark, that even though not visited constantly, it has turned into a national level trend. Valleys like: Elqui, Limarí, Rapel, Maule, Curicó, Colchagua, Aconcagua, Casablanca and Itata among others, are identities expressed in bottles of great presence ç, distinguished by reds of intense color and body, whites that are easy to drink and with a relation between price and quality that has allowed the local market to accede to the display of massive consumption and to be situated between the 10 first exporters’ ranking in the planet.
Denominations of Origin
Meticulous work in indentifying new vineyard sites and better understanding of existing ones not only gives rise to greater diversity and higher quality, but also to the need to better define Chile’s appellation system, or Denominations of Origin, which in overseen by SAG, Chile’s Agricultural and Livestock Service. Today’s D.O.s range from Atacama in the north to Araucanía and Los Lagos in the south, although these three most recently added. Coquimbo (which includes the Elqui, Limarí, and Choapa Valleys) in the northernmost of these regions, followed by the Aconcagua Region (includes the Aconcagua, Casablanca, and San Antonio sub-regions), then the large Central Valley heartland, which holds the best-known sub-regions of the Maipo, Rapel (which itself includes Cachapoal and Colchagua) Curicó, and Maule Valley. The southern Regions D.O. includes Itata, Bío Bío, and Malleco. Winemakers are currently lobbying for further distinctions to be recognized from east to west.
→ Aconcagua Valley
One of Chile’s long-standing wine regions has broken with tradition in recent years. Long known for its rich reds grown in the foothills of the Andes, it has followed the course of the Aconcagua River – named for the tallest mountain in the Americas – and discovered the benefits of its own cool – climate coast. Delightful zesty Sauvignon Blancs now tip the balance of red – to –white grapes planted and turn more heads to this valley, which is also home to vas plantations of organically and biodynamically managed vineyards.
Santiago – Los Andes 66
Santiago – Valparaíso 112
→ Casablanca Valley
Chile’s move toward cool-climate viticulture all began some 25 years ago when innovative winemakers dared to suggest planting in this pre-coastal region. The bold move proved so successful that the once-scrubby and little-productive land is now painted green with thriving vines. Chardonnay continues to reign, but Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir – two of Chile’s most attention-grabbing varietals – are on the rise. Now with time and experience under their belts, growers have better indentified the ideal locations for each variety in this valley that is anything but homogeneous. Reds grow here too, particularly Pinot Noir, although Syrahs planted in the warmer sectors are earning great fame.
Santiago – Casablanca 74
Valparaíso – Casablanca 38
→ San Antonio Valley
Once known primarily as a working port, innovative growers have turned this region by the sea into a premium area for producing cool-loving grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc (up by 15%), Chardonnay (holding steady), Pinot Noir, and Syrah (both up slightly). The region is divided into sectors – Leyda, Lo Abarca, and Rosario lead the pack, followed by newer zones such as Malvilla, Cartegena, and Lleolleo. Cold winds and scant water make growing here a challenge, while distinctive crisp and mineral-edged wines make the effort well worth the trouble.
Santiago – San Antonio 105
→ Maipo Valley
While not Chile’s oldest wine region – as some authors have claimed – Maipo is certainly among the most traditional. 19th century manor houses surrounded by French-inspired vineyards initiated Chile’s second wine boom some 150 years ago and was partially responsible for valley’s fame for Cabernet Sauvignon – still by far the region’s most prized grape. Three distinct sectors have been defined in recent decades: Andrean Maipo, also known as Maipo Alto, in the east produces some of the country’s most elegant Cabernet Sauvignon; Coastal Maipo in the west is the newest sector and takes advantage of a cooling maritime influence to produce fresh reds with more natural acidity, and Central Maipo in between is home to some of the finest Carmenere.
Santiago – Valparaíso 112
Santiago – San Antonio 105
→ Cachapoal Valley
When Chile’s Denomination of Origin system was established, its large VI Region, just south of Maipo and in the heart of Chile’s agricultural belt, was declared the Rapel Valley, after the reservoir on the western side and the river that runs from it to the coast.
A subsequent recognition of geographic differences resulted in a subdivision of two separate zones. The Cachapoal Valley in the north has very little maritime influence and its three major sectors, Rancagua, Peumo, and Cachapoal Alto are predominantly known for their rich red wines. The Valley is particularly known for its Cabernet Sauvignon near the Andes and its award-wining Carmenere near the center of the Valley.
Santiago – Rancagua 84
Santiago – San Fernando 138
→ Colchagua Valley
The southern extreme of the large Rapel Valley is best known as the Colchagua Valley, a zone that has traditionally been highly celebrated for its ripe and juicy red wines. Cabernet Sauvignon continues to hold the lead, although it is more often Syrah and Camenere that steal the show, along with relatively small quantities of excellent Malbec. Today, however, vineyards have expanded toward the coast and broadened the repertoire of fine wines produced in the valley to include cool-climate varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc.
Santiago – Santa Cruz 178
→ Curicó Valley
Yet another valley with a long-standing tradition in wine, grapes have grown in the central sector of the Curicó Valley for 150 years, and in fact, wine production is one of the area’s most important industries. Today travelers along the north-south Pan American highway marvel at the miles and miles of vineyards that flank the road. With varying climatic and geological conditions as well as irrigation water from both the Teno and Lontué Rivers, Curicó has proven itself a source of consistently good red and white grapes. New plantations in the valley this past year increased the overall totals by nearly 15%.
Santiago – Curicó 189
→ Maule Valley
Chile’s largest and most diverse appellation is composed of three distinct sectors. The northern sector to the east of the Pan-American highway extends to the foothills of the Andes, the largest sector clusters in the center of the valley around the Maule and the Loncomilla Rivers, and a third sector in the dry-farmed southwestern sector is close to the coast. The diversity of wines produced in the valley allows bright, fruity reds from noble stock as well as exceptionally unique wines made from the fruit of ancient bush vines that are so enticing that it has caused many critics to rethink opinion of so-called rustic varietals such as Carignan.
Santiago – Talca 254
Santiago – Cauquenes 394
→ Bío Bío & Malleco Valleys
Although experimental vineyards are making headway further south, Bío Bío and Malleco, 400 miles from the capital still remain Chile’s Southern viticultural extreme for all practical purposes. Hot summer days, cooling winds, and cool, wet winters make attention to detail a must for winegrowers, but the region is proving very exciting for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, which overtook the traditional País grape in numbers and popularity just a few years ago. This is a region to keep an eye on as young vineyards come into their due and start producing what growers expect to be exceptional cool-climate wines.
Santiago – Los Ángeles 510
Santiago – Concepción 509
La Serena – Traiguén 1.106
→ Casa Silva Winery
The Silva family has lived in the Colchagua valley for generations and its grapes, 100% of which come from different corners of the valley, seek to express the maximum expression of the terroir that extend form the Andes Mountains to the Pacific coast.
All of the family’s are strategically located in Colchagua and offer different climates, all of which are excellent for producing premium quality wines. The Los Lingues estate is based at the foot of the Andes, The Angostura estate, which houses the century-old winery in the center of the valley, has vines that date to 1912, the Lolol estate is 20 km from the sea in a sector called the “shadow of the coast”, and the Paredones estate, just 10 km from the coast, has a strong marine influence.
Viña Casa Silva has a charming Hotel & Restaurant in the old family home in Angostura and is open year round. The winery has been widely singled out for the quality of its award-winning wines and was named the “Best South American Producer” in London’s prestigious 2000 Wine & Spirit Competition. In fact, Viña Casa Silva has received more national and international awards than any other Chilean winery in the 21st Century.
→ Matetic Winery (Casablanca Valley)
In the Casablanca Valley, in the interior of the erected mounts of the Central Zone we find the Matetic Vineyard. Specially designed for the tourists’ aspirations, the vineyard harmonizes the organic agriculture practiced in the vineyard and the natural landscapes. This Cellar, with capacity for 300 liters, counts with a gravitational flow that facilitates its creators in the optimum management of produced grapes. The vineyards and the extensive Valley of Rosario accompany us at all moments, without mentioning the tours and tastings in which we can get to know the wine production process, bottling and aging at the Matetic Vineyard.
Various proposals for a public that does not repair on age or gender, we recommend tasting at the organic vineyards and the countryside barbecue.
→ Santa Rita Winery
Domingo Fernández Concha, a visionary man of his times, founded Viña Santa Rita in 1880, with exceptional results for Chilean Viticulture. Over the course of time, Viña Santa Rita has established itself as one of Chile’s most prosperous properties. Today it has more than 2.000 hectares of vineyards in the Maipo, Casablanca, Leyda, Maule, Rapel, and Colchagua (Apalta) Valleys.
Grapes, climate, and fertile lands, matched with human labor, investments in new and advanced technology, and excellent cellars have made it possible to obtain wines of exceptional quality form the most diverse noble varieties.
Viña Santa Rita occupies a strong position of leadership in the national market and abroad, exporting its prestigious wines to more than 60 countries on every continent. Its commitment to quality and constant innovation have been essential to the winery’s success for more than 120 years and remain key aspects of its plans for development and long-term growth.
→ Montes Winery
Delving into the Colchagua Valley involves getting to know Chile’s most famous vineyards. But upon arriving at Viña Montes, visitors cannot help but be amazed at the orderly vineyards rising up the steep hillsides of Apalta.
Guests taste the famous Montes wines while enjoying the breathtaking view from the observation deck high above the valley floor, and begin to appreciate de success of this project undertaken with love, professionalism, and plenty of hard work, along with all of the tradition and charm of the Chilean countryside.
A pioneer in Chile in developing the Apalta Valley for high quality viticulture and hillside vineyards, Montes has produced Premium and Ultra Premium wines since 1988 and now exports to 78 countries, including the demanding US, UK and Asia markets, as well as such exotic destinations as India, French Polynesia, and the Cook Islands. A new winery now stands in the heart of the Apalta Finca, implemented with the world’s most advanced technology, for producing the highest quality wines under the rigorous supervision of winery partner Aurelio Montes, one of Chile’s most distinguished winemakers.
→ Casa Lapostolle
Casa Lapostolle, founded in 1994 by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and her husband Cyril de Bournet, is an example of the results that can be obtained by creating world-class wines through the combination of French experience, Chile’s magnificent terroir, and a perfect climate for viticulture.
Casa Lapostolle has 350 hectares in three vineyards: Atalayas in Casablanca (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir), Las Kuras in Requínoa (Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah) and Apalta in Colchagua (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenère and Petit Verdot).
The new Clos Apalta winery, inaugurated in 2006, was built 6 levels deep into a hillside and employs the finest technology. This is the origin of the Clos Apalta icon wine whose 2001 vintage earned 95 points in Wine Spectator Magazine, one of the highest scores ever awarded a Chilean wine. The vineyards are surrounded by hills that ensure a gentle an extended ripening process. The grapes are hand picked and manually destemmed, and the freshly-fermented wine is transferred by gravity to new French oak barrels, where it ages for two years prior bottling.
The remaining lines: Classic (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon) and Cuveé Alexandre (Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Pinot Noir) are made at the Cunaco facility. Casa Lapostolle produces 200.000 cases and distributes its wine to 70 countries.
Founded in 1993, MontGras is dedicated to producing premium wines, primarily for export. It has modern vinification facility with a total production capacity of 6.500.000 liters and an attractive Chilean-style Visitors Center that offers a number of attractive activities.
Aware of the importance of terroir for making ultra-premium wines, the company founded Ninquén, Chile’s first hilltop vineyard, in 1998. The grapes grown there give rise to the elegant, hand-crafted wine of the same name. Visitors to the hilltop observation point appreciate the beauty of the vast Colchagua Valley, making this a unique experience.
The two properties, MontGras and Ninquén, have a combined total of 900 hectares, 300 of which are planted to Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Viognier, and Sauvignon Blanc. The primary export destinations are Europe, Asia, and North and Latin America.
→ Cono Sur Vineyards & Winery
Viña Cono Sur began in 1993 with the objective of producing premium quality wines with a new, different, and unique personality for a reinterpretation of a New World traditions and character: “No family trees, no dusty bottles, just quality wine”.
The company name refers to the geographic origins of its privileged wine valleys on the western side of South America’s Southern Cone.
Viña Cono Sur is known for its innovative spirit, which is reflected in the creative use of technology, the ongoing search for quality, and its respectful, environmentally friendly production. This is always accompanied by the commitment and passion that define both the company’s projects and products that positioned it among Chile’s three largest wine exporters. The Viña Cono Sur manor house, cellars, and primary vineyards are located 150 km south of Santiago in Chimbarongo, in the heart of the prestigious Colchagua Valley.
→ Emiliana Organic Winery
Viñedos Emiliana S.A. was oroginaly founded as Bodegas y Viñedos Santa Emiliana S.A. in 1986 to produce exceptional wines. Based on the concept of “quality begins in our vineyards”, we at Emiliana treat each aspect of the productive process as an essential piece of the whole and use rigorous integrated management every step of the way, from the soils to the final result: superior quality wines. Integrated management and the spirit of caring and concern for the environment led us to become pioneers in Chile when we received ISO14,001 certification in 2001.
In 1998 we took a major step forward in our project by committing our best vineyard in the Colchagua, Rapel, Maipo, and Casablanca Valleys to organic and biodynamic agricultural management, giving rise to EMILIANA ORGÁNICO, a project that is unique in Chile and a pioneer in Latin America. This agricultural philosophy aims to encourage the use of natural agents in place of synthetic products and proposes sustainable growing practices to allow the grapes to express all of the naturalness of their terroir in order to make unique wines of superior quality. Emiliana is certified for organic agriculture by IMO (Switzerland) and DEMETER (Germany) for biodynamic agriculture.
→ Viña Santa Cruz
The challenge that inspired the founding of the Viña Santa Cruz in 2003 was simple give life to a winery with soul. It began with 220 hectares planted on gently rolling hills in the El Peral Fundo and is now a solid project that seeks to establish new standards for winemaking and tourism.
Viña Santa Cruz has set its goal on becoming the greatest expression of Chile’s rural tradition, which began with the centennial fusion of two races, that of the Iberian Peninsula and the American Indigenous peoples, resulting in a rich blend that is still expressly manifested in the ample and generous Colchagua Valley.
The winery’s mission is to make high quality wines that combine the most modern technology with the particular traditions and characteristics of the Lolol area, which has an ideal terroir for growing red varietals and that has allowed Viña Santa Cruz to produce excellent lines of wines. Vitiviniculture and tourism come together at Viña Santa Cruz to offer a unique and unforgettable experience. Immerse yourself in the beautiful, soul-touching landscape along the road to Lolol, 25 kilometers from the city of Santa Cruz.
→ Santa Helena Winery
Located in San Fernando, Viña Santa Helena makes wines that have delighted the world for the more than 60 years since it was founded in 1942. Santa Helena is one of the largest wineries in this privileged region, with a total of 430 hectares of vineyards that provide the grapes for all of its premium wines. The winery also figures among the country’s top ten exporters and is present in more than 50 markets every continent.
Santa Helena constantly strives to improve its enological techniques and seek grapes that give the best results for each of its lines. The company objective is to develop attractive and innovate wines of the highest quality that captivate even the most demanding palates and always please their consumers.
In the same spirit, Santa Helena opens its doors to tourists and wine lovers who want to visit the facilities, learn how the wines are produced, and visit its shop, where they can purchase Santa Helena products at their source.
→ Estampa Assemblages of Chile
Estampa is the only Chilean winery entirely dedicated to blended wines, an art that consists of combining two or more noble varieties, each contributing its best characteristics to our wines. Both the winery and its vineyards are located in the Colchagua Valley, which was named the World’s Best Wine Region in 2005 by the US Wine Enthusiast magazine.
The grapes used to make our wines, are hand picked in our Estampa, Estación, and Marchigüe vineyards, which are planted to more than ten grape varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Caménère, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec.
We at Viña Estampa strive to ensure that ‘blend’ and ‘quality’ are synonymous, as is shown by the recently-earned Grand Gold Medal for our 2005 Estampa Reserva Syrah-Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot at Chile’s 12st Catad’Or Grand Hyatt Wine awards. The Universidad del Desarrollo (UDD) has also recognized the Viña Estampa winery building for its meritorious contribution to architectural and territorial development in the Colchagua Valley.
→ Hacienda Winery
French brothers Jacques and François Lurton from Bordeaux formed a partnership in 1988 as wine producers and consultants in different parts of the world. Sons of André Lurton, the famous viticulturist and owner of several Châteaux, including Bonnet, La Louvière, and Dauzac, the brothers learned from their faher and inherited his passion to great wines. The winery, located near to historic town of Lolol in the Colchagua Valley, 33 km west of Santa Cruz and 250 km south of Santiago, is built with traditional materials and sits on hillside, lending in a impressive view of the entire Lolol Valley.
The Vineyard features a temperature climate with a strong coastal influence due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The arid soils are highly resistant to water. Cool nights allow the grapes to reach a level of ripeness that is difficult to achieve elsewhere. This project is part of Jacques and François’s policy of establishing wineries around the world in regions with great qualitative potential in order to produce premium quality wines.
The wines are made with estate-grown grapes as well as others bought from growers with specific contracts for very high level production.
→ Siegel Winery
The Colchagua Valley represents the purest expression of Chile’s rural “huaso” traditions. The variety of soils and microclimates have lent international renown as a result of its undeniable conditions for producing the highest quality wines. Viña Siegel was founded by Germán Siegel and his son Alberto Siegel in 1976 in Palmilla in Chile’s VI Region.
Since then it has established an ambitious vineyard planting program to ensure strict quality control over the wines produced. This year, the total surface area planted to vine reached a total of 600 hectares located completely within the Colchagua Valley.
In addition to our cellars located in San Elias, the Siegel Vineyards extend from the Andes Mountains to the coast, thereby providing the diversity and complexity that lead to the ideal conditions needed for producing the highest quality wines.
→ Las Niñas
After a trip to Chile in 1996, the Dauré, Florenza, and Cayard families returned to France convinced that they had found their promised land. The Latin Culture was similar to their own, the language was familiar, and the Chilean wine had completely won them over. They decided to venture into a winery of their own.
Today the winery continues in the hands of the women of the family: sisters, daughters and mothers, who together from LAS NIÑAS. The Apalta Valley vineyards consist of 160 hectares planted to Syrah, Mourvedre, Carmenére, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay. The cellars, designed by renowned architect Mathias Klotz simulate a large 2.700m² cube equipped with the latest technology.
All of the wines in Viña Las Niñas three lines are exciting, innovative, and have a large quota of design. The varietal line Aroma aims to educate the consumer by extending an invitation to experiment and play with sensations. The labels of the Reserva line feature a photo album of the faces that have participated in the winery’s history. The premium line, Tacón Alto (‘high heel’ in Spanish), displays creativity, style, and power, beginning with bold and suggestive packaging that implies the tremendous quality of these wines, which have won awards world-wide.
→ Viu Manent
The family-owned Chilean winery Viu Manent was founded in 1935. It is famous for its Malbec, which was named the best in South America for its memorable Viu 1 wine, one of Chile’s most distinguished icon wines, as well as for its reserve lines Secreto and Single Vineyard.
After initiating its export process in the late 1980s. Viu Manent, now in the hands of the founding family’s third generation, is known for its commitment to the quality of its wines, 95% of which are exported to more than 34 countries on 5 continents. The winery is also a leader in Colchagua Valley wine tourism.
Come visit our winery: our Visitors Center in Colchagua is open year round. A tall, whitewashed adobe wall warps around the traditional 20th century hacienda and its vineyards to contain all of the magic of the wine, history and love of three generations of the Viu family devoted to its wines.
→ Laura Hartwig
The Hartwig family began bottling their own wines under the Laura Hartwig label in the mid-1990s. With 80 hectares of vineyards in the Colchagua Valley and a production capacity of 300.000 liters, this family-owned winery is rather small by Chilean standards, it produces only reserve quality wines and maintains a philosophy of producing limited volumes as a means of guaranteeing that the family can directly oversee each stage of production, making this a clear example of a boutique winery.
The winery’s beauty and its use of the best technology to make this visit a unique experience and provides guests with access to its exclusive and well-received wines. The primary export destinations are the United States, England, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, and Japan. The winery is located just 1.5 km (0,9 mi) from the Santa Cruz town square.
→ Bisquertt Family
Located in the Santa Cruz sector of the Colchagua Valley, Viña Bisquertt has developed a tourism plan for companies and individuals that invites its guests to learn about the process of making its world-renowned wines. Attractive tours include visits to the hundred-year old cellars, the restored manor house, and beautiful gardens, the salons steeped in history and tradition, the wonderful collection of antique coaches, and spectacular reception hall.
With a capacity for receiving more than 100 people, Viña Bisquertt has a comfortable an pleasant reception hall for celebrations, business dinners, and year-end parties for individuals and companies that wish to enjoy the hospitality of de Colchagua area in the midst of the Valley’s rural tradition.
Caliterra is based on the concept of the ‘quality of the earth’. CALI reflects the quality and TERRA, the land. Caliterra belongs to a new generation of Chilean wineries that combine innovative New World techniques with Chile’s finest traditions and distinctive fruit. Caliterra was founded in 1996 as a partnership between the Robert G. Mondavi and Eduardo Chadwick families with the objective of realizing the common dream of producing high quality wines that reflect both Chilean fruit and the potential of its land.
The Caliterra philosophy is based on the passion for quality seeks to make modern, innovative, youthful New World wines that express the potential of Chile as a quality wine producer. Viña Caliterra is located in the Colchagua Valley, 60 km (37 mi) from the Pacific Ocean. The property consists of 1,030-hectares, 415 of which are plantable.
→ Los Vascos
Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) became the first French winery to invest in Chile in 1988 when it purchased the 150-year-old Viña Los Vascos, which planted to noble varieties brought from France prior to Europe’s infamous phylloxera crisis. The soils and microclimate at Los Vascos, located near Peralillo, provide excellent conditions for producing high quality grapes.
The Los Vascos estate is an extensive property of nearly 4.000 hectares, with 600 hectares in production. The primary variety planted is Cabernet Sauvignon, which goes into three wines: Varietal, Reserva, and Premium. The winery also produces Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc with grapes from cooler valleys and has smaller, experimental vineyards planted to other varieties such as Carmenère, Syrah, and Malbec.
Under the direct technical supervision of DBR, Los Vascos is committed to producing consistent tine wines whose elegance and harmony are appreciated by demanding wine lovers around the world. The primary markets for Los Vascos wines are the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Mexico, and 30 other countries.
→ Luis Felipe Edwards
Viña Luis Felipe Edwards, named after its owner, is a family winery founded in 1976. It is located in Colchagua within a valley completely surrounded by hills, which lends it an exceptional microclimate that guarantees an optimal production for fine wines.
One of the property’s outstanding features is the nearly 900 meter (2.950 foot) high vineyard located above the Puquillay Hills, where a great diversity of soil types and solar exposures combine to make this a unique vineyard in Chile.
The company is dedicated to making fine wines and currently has six lines that satisfy the needs of each segment of the market: the Pupilla varietal line, followed by the Reserva, Gran Reserva, Premium Doña Bernarda, and Cabernet Orgánico lines, plus a line of Kosher wines. Viña Luis Felipe Edwards has an ongoing commitment to delivering high quality fine wines and strives to build a solid brand name an effective distribution network around the world. Viña Luis Felipe Edwards are currently available in 45 countries.
→ House of Morandé
With a mention as “the best restaurant in regions” House of Morandé deserves being in the first lines of this gastronomic highlight, Located between the lush of the Casablanca Valley, where there is absolute tranquility if grapevines and vineyards, House of Morondé was created with the prestigious chef Felipe Silva as an unequalled sample of author’s cuisine, Preparations based on animas of hunt, exotic and traditional recipes and the valuable intention of accompanying each dish with ambassador wines form Morandé, the first vineyard of Casablanca, are some of the challenges that this friendly place has un disposal for the public just at 45 minutes from Santiago.
→ Pan Pan Vino Vino
In the antique and emblematic bakery of Hacienda de Cunaco, on the road to San Fernando, we find Panpan Vinovino, a restaurant-orchard ispired in the bakery that during the year 1830 fed 1500 workers from the area. Spicy cubes of lamb slow cooked in wine, Chilean Style Quail, Mashed potato pie with chili powder stuffed with country-stylebood, Chilean Algae and Seafood Ceviche are some of the exquisite and traditional dishes at this restaurant. Panpan Vinovino was restored and reconditioned to receive great public during permanent hours. One of the great attractions of this restaurant is the impeccable oven from the XIX century added to the beautiful atmosphere that the owner, the architect Mirta Núñez, achieved and that also shows a collection of elements used in bakeries at the time.
→ Hotel Santa Cruz (Colchagua Valley)
Soaked with the perfume of Colchagua, in the Center of one of the most abundant and propitious valleys for vine cultivation, the beautiful façade of the Santa Cruz Hotel appears, a place where nothing has been arranged by chance. Murals, Colonial pieces and objects of great archaeological and cultural value are de hosts of this luxurious touristic residence that invites all its visitors to enjoy no only the visual charm of the area, but also those elaborated by its creators that includes service such as the casino, spa, meeting centers, bar, restaurant, heated swimming pool, and a liqueur cellar among others. Finally, the Santa Cruz Hotel offers many tours and personalized travels packages, such as, the Viña Santa Cruz and the Colchagua Museum.
→ Viña Tabalí (Limarí Valley)
The Tabalí Vineyard is in this recount of selections, one of the most visionary wine Cellars from the nineties. Located in the Limarí Valley, close to the legendary and arid Atacama Desert, this national vineyard captures in its precious bottles all the purity of the northern skies, the proximity to the Pacific Ocean (only 29 km. away) and the fluctuating temperatures of the zone. All these ingredients facilitate its experts and creators the elaboration of an exceptional terroir for the Super Premium and Premium categories. At the moment Tabalí Vineyard is part of the well known “Viñas Valles de Chile S.A” even though it is managed independently and still maintaining its upright identity and oenological philosophy.
→ William Cole
A beautiful country road, typical of Chile’s central region, takes you to this vineyard with its beautifully kept gardens and a cozy environment. After touring the vineyards, you can visit the wine cellar where you may sample wines which are at different stages of the wine-making process: first from the stainless steel tanks, then from the barrels and finally from the bottled wine
Its stunning entrance indicates it was not only designed to offer high quality wines, but also as an important tourist attraction within the Valley. It receives thousands of visitors each month, who can tour the vineyards and observe the production process and, at the tour’s end, taste its excellent wines in the wine tasting and sales room.
→ Villard Estate
This vineyard has concentrated its efforts in producing small quantities of premium wines. For this reason, it opens its doors to a specialized public: chefs, sommeliers and wine lovers in general. Its main purpose is to offer a satisfying and delightful experience for its visitors and, therefore, offers them the opportunity to taste wines from different vintages.
In this wine cellar ideally located on a hilltop, visitors not only have the opportunity of experiencing the magical process of wine making. They can also enjoy the panoramic view of the whole valley covered by its vineyards as well as the fine cuisine that highlights the traditions of our national cuisine fused with new international gastronomic trends.
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