Easily accessible from Santiago, Chile’s Central Valley is a popular stop on many itineraries as a day trip or for a longer stay at one of the regions’ vineyards or hacienda-style hotels.
Central Valley & Wineries holidays can take you on a journey of discovery through one of the most popular New World wine producing regions: so whether you just enjoy the odd tipple or fancy yourself a true connoisseur, it’s well worth a stop to see where some of the United Kingdom’s favourite wines are produced.
Chilean wines are described as New World, but the vines grown here have historic origins. Grape vines were first planted in the country in 1550, shortly after the Spanish conquistadors arrived on Chilean shores. A long history of winemaking followed, with Chile starting wine production more than a century before South Africa and some 200 years before California.
When French grape varieties were introduced in the mid-19th century, Chilean wines grew to become the most popular wines produced today. The setting of the Central Valley is quite special and contributes to the excellent variety of wines produced in the region, maintaining a steady climate and protecting the vines from pests, disease and adverse weather.