Thanks to its extreme geography, Chile is a higly fertile ground for wine growers. Here is a list of the best Chilean wineries that pair superb tastings with picturesque views.
1. Matetic Vineyards, nestled in the Rosario Valley is a fully organic and biodynamic winery with stunning architecture and its own hotel on-site La Casona. Wine lovers can visit the oval-roofed winery designed by Norway's Laurence Odfjell and learn about the different phases of wine production while appreciating stunning views of the vineyards and the beautiful Rosario Valley. Tours include an explanation of the biodynamic process that the winery employs to yield wines that truly express their origins.
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2. Kingston Family Vineyards, a boutique winery located in Chile's Casablanca Valley is recognised as "among the best wineries in Chile" (Stephen Tanzer) and for "making some of Chile's best pinots" (Food & Wine). In 2011, the Kingstons were chosen to host a James Beard dinner in New York City, and named "Winery of the Year" by Wine & Spirits Magazine. In a valley known for its whites, they pioneered red wines, and are now selling them across the world. The winery offers tours and tastings at the winery, in addition to hosting large private events. Try the popular 2013 Alazan Pinot Noir, named after a beloved family horse.
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3. William Cole Vineyards - Amongst Casablanca Valley’s breathtaking nature lies the William Cole Vineyards, an award-winning winery that embodies Chile’s natural beauty and rich winemaking traditions. Visit the vineyards, winery, and the bottling and labeling line before indulging in a tasting of some of William Cole’s best, prize-winning wines. The personalised service, great wines and stunning views make William Cole Vineyards the perfect destination for any wine lover.
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4. Gillmore is a family-run winery opened in 1990 by Daniella Gillmore and her husband Andres Sanchez, who is also the winemaker. The couple welcome guests into their winery eager to showcase their fine wines and the beauty of their property. The vineyards located in Loncomilla Valley in Chile’s Maule Region grow several grape varieties including Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, Corignan, Melbec and Syrah. The winery also offers accommodation at their impressive Tabonko lodges. Enjoy a tour of the property and taste some of the best wines produced here.
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5. Balduzzi is a family-run Chilean winery, located in the heart of Maule Valley, one of Chile’s most renowned wine regions. In the early 1700s, Don Albano Balduzzi first realised how perfect this area’s terroir was for winemaking. Now, three generations later, Jorge Balduzzi, his family and their team of over 60 highly skilled experts work together in producing the highest quality wines to satisfy the most sophisticated palates. Guests can enjoy tastings of their exquisite wines at the winery without having to book. Wine lovers can enjoy walks through the colonial winery and vineyards, learn about the wine process and what it takes to produce world-class wines, visit the barrel cellar or explore the wine museum.
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6. Latin America’s largest wine grower, Concha y Toro is one of Chile’s oldest wineries, founded in 1883 by Don Melchor Santiago de Concha y Toro. The line named in his honor, Don Melchor, is an outstanding and renowned Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery also produces the most widely recognised lines in the world, "Casillero del Diablo". Guests can visit the winery for tours and tasting sessions, including a visit into the Casillero del Diablo – the Devil’s Cellar – itself. Budget permitting, try one of their Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignons for a truly special wine.
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7. Cousiño Macul is as ancient as it gets by Chilean standards; the winery was founded in 1856, and has the distinction of still being run by the founding family, but it is also home to the first vines ever planted in Chile in 1546. Their original winery is now caught up in the urban mass of Santiago, and though most of their vineyards are elsewhere, the building dates back to 1872 and it is still worth visiting. Try their Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon 2011.
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8. Errazuriz was founded in 1870, and six generations later Eduardo Chadwick is still pioneering his family’s trade. It is located 100 kilometers north of Santiago in the gentle slopes of the Aconcagua Valley, known for its contrast of cool, wet winters and hot, dry summers, and produces subtle and textured wines to prove it. A visit to their winery is a luxurious experience: a tour of their modernist Don Maximiano building is followed by a trip underground into their historic cellars, along with the option of a gourmet, 4-course meal. Try the Single Vineyard Carmenère, aged in oak barrels to give it a spicy finish.
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9. Loma Larga winery is located in the Casablanca Valley, and is a recognised leader in the production of cool climate wines in Chile. It is a relatively new operation, with its first wines produced in 2004, yet it won Wine and Spirits’ 2011 ‘Winery of the Year’ prize. Visitors can taste Loma Larga wines and tour the cellars and fermentation rooms. Enjoy a horseback ride through the vineyards and participate in a tasting tour guided by a sommelier. Try its celebrated 2010 Cabernet Franc, or an earlier specimen if you can get your hands on it.
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10. Casa Silva estate located in the Colchagua Valley is Chile’s most decorated, and undoubtedly grandest, winery. It consists of a historic bodega, boutique hotel, gourmet restaurant and even a horse riding club, complete with polo fields, in addition to its hundreds of acres of vineyards scattered around the region. Known for its Carmenères, along with historic Sauvignon Blanc vines, Casa Silva produces a wide variety of high-quality brands. Wine lovers can taste wines with different varieties, textures, and aromas and an enjoy an unforgettable cultural and gastronomic experience that includes wine paired with traditional Chilean cuisine.. Try the refreshing and fruity Casa Silva Sauvignon Blanc 2013.
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