Of course, one of the main attractions offered by Santiago de Chile is its proximity to some of the country's best vineyards. The Maipo Valley is one of several nearby regions, famous for its world class wineries. Some of our favourites are noted below.
The famous Santa Rita Vineyard is located in the high Andean foothills, near the town of Alto Jahuel. This vineyard is well known for its traditional wine making techniques, with the incorporation of new technology. This is a place where wine making tradition, Chilean history, culture and cuisine all come together for an unforgettable experience. You will of course enjoy a guided wine tasting, as well as time to explore the surroundings, the winery, its bottling plant and cellars In addition, the grounds are home to a museum which features a fantastic collection of pre-Columbian artefacts.
Another renowned Maipo Valley vineyard is the Cousiño Palace. As well as producing prized wines, the vineyard tells the history of Chilean society at the end of the 19th century, seen through a traditional Chilean family - the Cousiño Goyenechea. The family is well known for their contribution to the development of mining and agriculture, as well for being the founders of one of the most prestigious wine producers in the country: Cousiño Macul. The grape varities include Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for reds, and Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay for whites. The family also own a mansion in downtown Santiago, built between 1870 and 1878.
In the heart of an area called “Maipo Alto”, set amid wonderful scenery, we find the Pérez Cruz Vineyard. Specially designed to merge with the surrounding nature, the cellars stand out not only for the quality of the wines but also for their architecture. Here we will find 550 hectares of magnificent grapevines such as: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cot, Carménère, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot.