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Best wine tours in Maipo Valley

Why Visit Maipo Valley?

For a truly authentic and immersive wine travel experience, why not make your next destination one Chile’s oldest and most traditional wine regions? In the picturesque Maipo Valley, often referred to as the birthplace of Chilean wine, French-inspired vineyards initiated Chile’s second wine boom some 150 years ago and are partially responsible for the valley’s famed Cabernet Sauvignon – still by far the region’s most prized grape – as well as home to some of the finest Carmenere in Chile. It is also the closest wine region to Santiago, making it a great destination for shorter trips or daytime adventures out into the countryside.

Needless to say, the Maipo Valley has tons of wineries to tour. The Concha y Toro Winery in the Pirque commune is one of the most picturesque, featuring guided tours through gorgeous antique gardens and the winery’s storied ancient cellars. Following the tour, you’ll be treated to a tasting of their incredible selection of wines (and cheese!). To round out the experience, you can pick up a bottle or two to share with friends and family back home.

It goes without saying that visitors will be doing a lot of eating and drinking in Chile. This should be done guilt-free and with total abandon, but we won’t judge if you consider burning a few of those calories at some point. Fortunately, the Maipo Valley and surrounding areas have tons to offer in the way of hiking and walking trails. For a relatively easy trek, you might consider a hike to the summit of Cerro Manquehuito, located right in the Lo Curro neighborhood of Santiago. This is a well-traveled and clearly marked path that only takes one or two hours to complete, leaving you plenty of time to get back to your true calling: wine. The Maipo Valley is also home to Cajon del Maipo, a great area for hiking, rafting, and outdoor adventures. A great extension to a wine visit in the valley would be a hike through El Morado National Park. The area is also home to natural hot springs if you are longing for a little rest and relaxation following all that tiring wine tasting!

Though great wine is enough of an attraction, the Maipo Valley doesn’t stop there. Just northeast lies the Chilean capital of Santiago, home to some incredible sights, sounds, and most of all, tastes. To get the most out of Santiago, we recommend hopping on a wine tour complete with comfy transport, a multilingual guide, and of course, local snacks to keep you fuelled on your journey through the city. Beginning in Santiago’s historic downtown, enjoy some of the city centre’s best architectural gems before venturing out into the surrounding residential districts, such as the belle-epoque style Lastarria neighborhood. If it’s views you’re looking for, you will also have the opportunity to take in the stunning sights of San Cristobal Hill, offering sweeping panoramic views of the city and mountains.

Of course, the day wouldn’t be complete without a little more Chilean wine! After a journey through Santiago, you can choose from either the Aquitania Wine Vineyard or the Cousiño Macul Wine Vineyard, both of which sit at the foot of the Andes and offer a comprehensive and delicious look into the Chilean wine industry.

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