Introducing Maipo Valley Wineries
When you have had your fill of museums and plazas, head south of the city center to check out its more intoxicating sights: the wineries of the Maipo Valley, one of Chile's major wine regions. Big-bodied reds, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, and Syrah – many that have notes of eucalyptus or mint – are what the valley is all about.
You can go it alone as many wineries are within 1½ hours of the city center on public transportation. But if you'd like to hit the wine circuit with a knowledgeable guide, try the specialized tours at Uncorked Wine Tours – an English-speaking guide will take you to three wineries, and a lovely lunch is included. Also recommended are the personalized tours through Chip Travel and the winery bike tour with La Bicicleta Verde, in which you'll be pedaling around the countryside to wineries within 10km of Santiago.