Chile wine tours are a highlight of any visit to this South American country. A trip to the vineyards will give visitors a sense of the struggle in recent history for Chileans, as they've only been able to capitalize on the excellent growing conditions for wine in the past 30 years. Chilean wine tours are available across the almost 100 wineries in the country, and each has its own individual flair for portraying their wine story.
It is possible to take a daytrip from Santiago for a wine tour in Chile, which is a popular option. Two popular vineyards are in close proximity to the capital: Cousino Macul and Concha y Toro. Cousino Macul is known for its red wines, especially merlot. Later that same day you can tour Concha y Toro, the largest producer of exported wines in the country.
The best Chile wine tour for you is up to your palate. The red wines of Chile have been praised internationally, and many embark on Chile wine tours to see the land where these superb wines are produced. When researching Chilean wine tours, be sure to check ahead of time for tours offered in English, if necessary. Outside of the peak tourist season, English-language tours may be less frequent.
A typical wine tour in Chile will consist of a guide bringing you through the entire process of winemaking, from the vineyards to the picking and the actual steps in winemaking. A walk through the wine cellar, where last year's harvest is maturing, is capped off by a tasting at the end of the tour.
Wine tours give visitors an excellent opportunity to purchase wine at a discount, especially if you are willing to buy by the case. Many wineries ship cases back to the US and elsewhere in the world. You're certain to feel an appreciation for the passion and hard work that goes into Chilean winemaking after visiting their successful operations.