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Winelands

Discover Some of the Finest New World Wines

Chile’s Winelands centre on the Colchagua Valley. Protected on all sides by mountains, this sheltered spot is perfect for planting vineyards and orchards, and as such it is one of the most productive agricultural areas in the country. Jesuit missionaries first brought European grape varieties here in the 16th century, and the wine industry has been flourishing ever since.

There are dozens of fine wineries within the Colchagua Valley, many of which are open to the public. Tours are available on horseback, by horse drawn cart, by bicycle, and even by cable car! In March you can join in with the Grape Harvest Festival, and at other times of the year it’s possible to stay on an estate, take a masterclass in wine making, and, of course, to enjoy a gourmet lunch with wine tastings.
 
Whilst you’re in the Winelands, be sure to pop into the charming city of Santa Cruz. The colonial architecture is well preserved, there are some very pretty churches, and the excellent Museo de Colchagua has a superb collection of pre-Columbian ceramics, weapons, silver, and religious artefacts.
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Accommodation:
Vina Vik

Set up in 2006 by a Norwegian entrepreneur, the Vina Vik Hotel offers guests the chance to stay within the grounds of an impressive vineyard, gaining insight into the workings of the winery, not to mention sampling some of its finest products.

Accommodation:
Clos Apalta

In the heart of the Colchagua valley in central Chile lies the Clos Apalta Residence. This region is famous for wine production, and the hotel sits nestled in the hills, overlooking the spectacular Apalta Vineyards. Clos Apalta combines a respect for nature with cutting-edge design.

Accommodation:
Casa Real

The Casa Real Boutique Hotel is set within the Santa Rita vineyard, less than an hour from Santiago. The winery’s gorgeous manor house was converted into a hotel in 1992, and it has a distinctly Pompeian style, with a raspberry pink and white exterior, built around a central yard and fountain.