In the San Antonio Valley, fresh sea breezes dance through vineyards spread across rolling hills. This excellent terroir is increasingly capturing attention around the world for its excellent expressions of cool-loving grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. The valley’s location is what makes it unique. Tucked away in the “Cordillera de la Costa” mountain range separating San Antonio and Santiago and only 2.5 miles (4 km) from the Pacific Ocean, the San Antonio Valley is Chile’s most coastal wine region with a very specific microclimate. The fruit ripens slowly here thanks to the cool ocean breezes from the Pacific. San Antonio is really the new frontier of Chilean wine,...
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In the San Antonio Valley, fresh sea breezes dance through vineyards spread across rolling hills. This excellent terroir is increasingly capturing attention around the world for its excellent expressions of cool-loving grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah.

The valley’s location is what makes it unique. Tucked away in the “Cordillera de la Costa” mountain range separating San Antonio and Santiago and only 2.5 miles (4 km) from the Pacific Ocean, the San Antonio Valley is Chile’s most coastal wine region with a very specific microclimate. The fruit ripens slowly here thanks to the cool ocean breezes from the Pacific.

San Antonio is really the new frontier of Chilean wine, harnessing a region that at first glance would not be the preferred locale for winemakers. Thankfully some brave men and women with a bold pioneering vision started planting vines beginning around 1999. Now, San Antonio produces some of the best cool-climate wines around the globe. Beautiful, modern wineries and delicious restaurants tempt everyone to visit the San Antonio Valley.

WHEN TO GO AND FOR HOW LONG?

Although wineries offer tours year round, the ideal time to visit is November - April. Harvest seasons vary by variety, for instance Chardonnay is typically picked in late February, while others such as Syrah are picked in April/May.

It is possible to get a good experience of the San Antonio Valley through a day tour from Santiago or coastal Valparaiso. There are opportunities to stay overnight in boutique wineries such as Casa Marin and Matetic Vineyards as well as enjoy outdoor activities such as biking or horseback riding. This region encompasses some of the most beautiful landscape and rolling hills perfect for cycling. San Antonio is a must for any multi-day program touring the wine regions of central Chile. 

WHERE TO GO?

  • Two San Antonio wineries are increasingly capturing attention for their outstanding, award-winning wines and are not to be missed: Matetic Vineyards, which combines state-of-the-art winemaking technology with a focus on biodynamic and organic agriculture; and, Casa Marin, owned and run by Chile’s first female vineyard owner, Maria Luz Marín, especially known for its Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah.
  • The San Antonio Valley is located one hour from the coastal city of Valparaiso and just 90 minutes from Santiago, making it a great day-escape or a perfect complement to a multi-day journey in Central Chile.
  • Isla Negra, the favorite home of Chilean poet and Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda and now an interesting museum, is located very nearby as well and well worth a visit.

DON'T MISS!

  • Bike tours through the vineyards, one of the best ways to see the valley!
  • A wine and helicopter tour which combines the San Antonio and Casablanca Valleys
  • An overnight stay at a boutique winery such as Matetic or Casa Marin
  • City tours of Valparaíso, Viña del Mar, and Santiago
  • A visit to the museum at Isla Negra, former home to poet Pablo Neruda
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