Step into a world of gorgeous vineyards and stunning mountain valleys. We give you the lowdown on the finest wine-producing regions and wines of Chile and Argentina that have a track record for impressing the world’s best sommeliers.
The history of viticulture in South America dates back to the 16th century during the Spanish colonization.
Today Argentina and Chile has a firm position in the top ten list of largest wine producers in the world. These countries are also seen as some of the most reliable wine producers due to the stable weather conditions and terroir within the growing regions.
Top Enchanting Travels Tip: Arranging a wine tour in Argentina and Chile that is coupled with a stay at a boutique winery is bound to add an extra sweet note to your holiday!
The finest wines in Chile are undoubtedly near Santiago and/or Valparaíso.
Maipo Valley is one of the oldest and most renowned regions for its red wine and is well worth a visit, with its sprawling plantations. Maipo is famous for Merlot, Chardonnay as well as the icon grape of Chile, Carmenere, which is increasing in popularity.
Colchagua Valley is also a well-known nearby valley for its red wine production as it provides a dry, regular climate. Don’t miss staying at the Lapostolle Residence in Colchagua for a rich experience of life in the viticulture industry.
The Lapostolle Residence is part of the Lapostolle wineries that are owned by the Marnier Lapostolle family, who were the founders of the world-famous Grand Marnier but also a family that have been involved in winemaking for generations.
With 370 hectares across three different vineyards the production is a real labor of love, not to mention that the process is all managed organically and biodynamically too.
Lapostolle grapes are all hand harvested and usually picked at night to ensure optimum conditions for creating a premium wine – that and the French oak barrels. The traditional Chilean hacienda style building that houses this winery adds further panache.
The views over the Apalta vineyards and mountains from Lapostolle Residence are simply amazing and with just four suites each hosting their own private terrace you can unwind in serenity and enjoy intimate meals.
Casablanca Valley is another great wine region to visit in Chile. Known best for its white wines from the Chardonnay grape, it’s easily accessible during a trip to Valparaíso. It has a longer growing season of a month, which means it is usually isn’t harvested until April.
Meanwhile, San Antonio Valley, near Valparaíso, is home to some gorgeous wineries, including Matetic Winery, which offers biodynamic wines and has a focus on white wine production, including Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, but also offers Pinot Noir and full-bodied Syrah.
In Matetic Winery we recommend a stay at the on-site guesthouse, La Casona. With its reconstructed colonial architecture and a showcase of 100 years of estancia history La Casona doesn’t disappoint. Four-poster beds, a regal reading room and an honesty bar for the evenings are set perfectly within wild gardens of the Chilean countryside.
This is a beautiful location. When you’re not discovering the winery from the making, bottling and storing wine in the grand cellars, you can venture out by foot, bike or even on horseback. However we’re pretty convinced that your stay here will inevitably revolve around gastronomy, whether it is picking fruits, tasting local cheeses or sampling the wine!
Mendoza is undoubtedly one of the most classic destination for a private wine tour in Argentina. It’s known as the heart of the winemaking industry given that it is responsible for almost two-thirds of the country’s wine production.
You’re guaranteed a stunning backdrop in Mendoza: the vineyards here are at some of the highest altitudes in the world, resting within semi-arid desert conditions in the foothills of the Andes. Rainfall is rare here so the vineyards are irrigated, but at the same time the production is rather reliable due to stable temperatures all year long.
Malbecs are the most popular grape planted and grown and they provide – in our opinion – some of the finest, premium red wines in the world.
Traditionally, Cereza and Criolla Grande grapes were grown, which were more suited for producing generic table / house wine but the spotlight is on quality and excellence today.
We suggest you focus on two main areas during your luxury wine excursion in Argentina. Firstly there are Lujan and Maipu Valleys that have the most famous and oldest wines. Then you can visit Uco Valley, which provides newer facilities with many up and coming wineries.
Cafayate is undoubtedly the region for finding truly authentic Argentinean wine, specifically with the white wines that are produced here.
The Torrontes grape is created, grown and produced only in this region, making it a 100% “Made in Argentina” wine. That’s not to say that you can’t sample some interesting Malbecs there too!
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Mouli Bardhan – Enchanting Travels
Mouli Bardhan is a voracious reader, avid traveler and passionate foodie. As the Marketing & Guest Relations Coordinator at Enchanting Travels, Mouli enjoys writing about unique experiences and speaking with fellow travelers about their favorite adventures, and is often found discussing life, the universe and everything else, over a warm cuppa.