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One of Chile's claims to fame is that most of the vines here are still propagated from original varietal rootstocks that came from Europe in the 1850's, before the Phylloxera bug wiped out the European vineyards.
Chile is the 11th largest producer of wine worldwide, bottling about one-fourth what the US produces. Best known for its red varietals, its signature red is Cabernet Sauvignon from the Maipo Valley that rivals the world's best. South of Maipo, the warm Alpalta zone in Colchagua offers Chile's greatest successes - Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Carmenere, a transplant from Bordeaux/
History, culture and an amazing fish market are the main attractions in this bustling city. Enjoy Santiago, Chile’s cosmopolitan capital with its many fine restaurants. The daily artisan market boast geodes, lapis lazul, pewter, silver and many other hand crafted treasures.
One of the top regions of Chile includes the Apalta Valley and award-winning wines like Montes “M”, Lapostolle’s Clos Apalta and the excellent, organic Santa Emiliana. We stay at the lovely colonial-styled Plaza Hotel, in the heart of the valley.
Famous for major estates like Concha y Toro, Santa Rita and Undurraga – some of the oldest vineyards in Chile – plus some of the newest and most famous “Ultra-Chileans”, like Almaviva.
This famous valley to the west of Santiago is home to Veramonte and Indomita; other wineries well worth visiting include Quintay Ecovineyards, Villard, William Cole, Viña Mar etc.