What better way to spend a delightfully sunny day in Santiago than touring some of its most famous wineries.
Chile has had a long history with wine, dating back to when the Spanish brought grape vines to the region in the 16th century during colonization. It has now become the 5th largest exporter and 9th largest producer of wine in the world! During my stay in Santiago, I visited the Concha y Toro and Undurraga wineries to learn about the different types of wine and the wine making process; and of course having a few sips along the way.
Concha y Toro is the largest producer of wine in Latin America, spreading through the wine regions of Maipo, Maule, Rapel, Colchagua, Curico and Casablanca!
This was my first ever visit to a winery and I was completely blown away by its size! Extremely large open spaces, an abundance of greenery, colonial style architecture and field after field of grape vines!
I mean, would you look at this view? Neverending vineyards just basking in sunshine!
The first sip of the day, with many more to come!
Beautiful rustic underground cellars kept at a cool temperature to maintain the quality of the wine and oak barrels to give the wine that woody, smoky taste.
Another tasting, this time of Concha y Toro’s most well known wine, Casillero del Diablo.
The second wine tour of the day was at the Undurraga Winery about a forty-five minute drive from Concha y Toro. This winery was founded by Don Francisco Unduragga in the 19th century with plants he brought over personally from France & Germany.
Once again, an extremely beautiful winery with colourful gardens, walkways and rolling vineyards. In fact, wineries are quite a popular spot for people in this region to have weddings, lunches and celebrations in.
You often find rose bushes planted around the edges of vineyards as they act as a warning of any diseases or pests.
After the hustle and bustle of the first two weeks of my trip, it was such a nice change to spend a day in warm weather (for once!), doing nothing but strolling about and relaxing with a nice glass (or four!) of wine. If you’re in Santiago, I’d definitely recommend taking a day out to visit these vineyards! The ones I went on were done by bus but there are bicycle wine tours, although probably not the best idea of you’re planning on drinking!
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