Chilean wine enjoys a good reputation with sommeliers all around
the world, with its popularity soaring in the last decade. Central
Chile's Mediterranean climate is ideal for vineyards, and some of
the best wine comes from the Central Valley, around Santiago. Wine
tasting tours are a popular attraction in Santiago, and there are
many wineries to choose from. Valle de Maipo, Valle de Casablanca
and Valle de San Antonio are the closest to the city, and there are
nearly 30 wineries alone in Valle de Maipo. Wine country in Chile
stretches for many miles along the coast however, from Valle de
Elqui in the north to Valle de Malleco in the south.
Wine country is an especially beautiful region in the summer,
and it is possible to hire bicycles to tour the area. Some groups
of wineries have banded together to offer established tours along
'wine routes', of which the Colchagua Valley is the most popular.
Many tour operators in Santiago offer wine tasting packages as