Chile’s wine is universally celebrated, courtesy of the country’s climate which allow for grapes to grow ripe and sweet. Vineyards are numerous throughout the country; valleys like El Valle Central are the perfect place for growing grapes. Here are our favorite vineyards to visit.
Producing a previous champion wine of the Decanter World Wine Awards International Trophies, Pinot Noir, Viña Falernia is a spectacular vineyard, where you can taste some of the country’s best wines. Established in 1995, the Falernia vineyard was originally an experiment to transform the dry desert of El Valle del Elqui into a flourishing vineyard, but soon became a premium wine producer, despite being the northernmost vineyard in the country. Valle del Elqui is a micro-climate in Chile, allowing the wine makers of Viña Falernia to produce unique flavors, distinct from the other wines from the rest of the country.
The Viu Manent vineyard is family owned and was established in 1935 in Valle de Colchagua. With three different types of wine, and between two and four wines per category, Viu Manent has truly excelled in creating a superb range of wines using tradition alongside modern technology. On a tour of Viu Manent, discover the tastes of the wines as well as the beautiful open scenery on a horse-drawn carriage, whilst learning about the history of the vineyard and the world of wine.
The couple who founded Cavas del Valle, constantly strive to improve on their already magnificent flavors. The importance of tourism in Chile is clear to the founders, who believe that vineyards are a key to attracting tourists to the country. Cavas del Valle is based in Valle del Elqui, a valley where pisco is typically produced, yet they produce unique wines (100% naturally with no chemicals or pesticides) which are stored in a beautiful mid 19th century house.
Casa Silva is a family winery which aims for perfection: it is essential that at least five members of the tasting panel sample and approve their wine before it is bottled and distributed. This process has constantly produced top quality wines, which have won many awards over the years, such as the ‘Vineyard of the Year’ from the Wines of Chile Association in 2013. Casa Silva has the oldest wine cellar in the Valle de Colchagua, but behind this historical image, the winery works with some of the most modern technology to produce its bestselling wines.