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Wine Producing Regions

Dry climate, cool nights and hot days, the mineral-rich water, sandy soil and an abundance of sun combine to make this one of the most perfect wine growing regions in the world.

The wine producing region marches up from the "Valley of the Vineyards" to the ""Vineyards of the High Mountains" with climates and soil that support a wide variety of grapes.

Long, dry summers and cool winters make for ideal growing conditions and provide for consistent vintages from year to year.

Spring in Chile

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Two vineyards in the Maule Valley

The southernmost valley we visited this trip was the Maule. Although this area is not a well-traveled tourist destination, as do other Chilean wine producing regions, it has much to offer both wine enthusiasts and active travelers. The two wineries we visited while there were well worth the trip.


Colchagua, Curico, Cachapoal...

Criss-crossing Chile's Central Valley

After several busy days in Santiago, and a more relaxing one in the San Antonio Valley, we headed south to visit wineries in Chile's central valleys.

The area south of Santiago between the Andes and the Coastal Mountain Range is divided by a number of rivers that bring water from the Andes. In most cases this water is

A coastal terroir...

The San Antonio Valley

We've visited wineries in the Casablanca and Maipo Valleys on previous visits as day trips from Santiago but never had a chance to explore the more distant wine producing areas. This trip we've planned time to visit several valleys further from Santiago and will be staying in wine-oriented small hotels.

Day trips from Santiago...

Aconcagua & Maipo Valleys

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