Santiago is within easy reach of some of Chile’s oldest wineries, several of which offer tours and tastings. Those by the Río Maipo, in particular, are beautifully located, with large swaths of emerald-green vines framed by the snowcapped cordillera and bright-blue skies. Harvesting takes place in March, and if you visit during then you’ll see the grapes being sorted and pressed. If you want to visit a vineyard you should book at least a day beforehand. We’ve listed three, relatively easily reached wineries below; most are accessible by public transport. All the tours include free tastings.
Viña Concha y Toro Virginia Subercaseaux 210, Pirque, 2 476 5269, conchaytoro.com; metro to Las Mercedes, from where it’s a short taxi ride to the vineyard. This handsome vineyard was founded in 1883 by Don Melchor Concha y Toro, and in 1994 became the first-ever winery to trade on the New York Stock Exchange. It is now the largest wine producer in Latin America. Bilingual tours CH$8000. Daily 10am–5pm.
Viña Cousiño Macul 7100 Av Quilin, 2 351 4175, cousinomacul.com; metro to Quilin station and then a taxi or walk 30min east along Avenida Quilin. The main estate and park of Chile’s oldest winery (dating from 1550) make a nice quick trip from central Santiago. Bilingual tours CH$7000. Mon–Fri 11am, noon, 3pm and 4pm, Sat 11am & noon.
Viña Undurraga Old road to Melipilla, Km 34, 2 372 2850, http://www.undurraga.cl; bus to Talagante from Terminal San Borja (every 15min; 30min), and ask to be dropped off at the vineyard. Still run by the Undurraga family, the vineyard was established in 1885, complete with mansion and park. It’s now a large, modern winery, and you’re likely to be shown around by someone who’s directly involved in the wine-making process. Bilingual tours CH$8000. Mon–Fri 10.15am, noon, 2pm and 3.30pm, Sat & Sun 10.15am, noon & 3.30pm.Read More