The sky a delirious blue, a bicycle rolls by neat rows of grapes growing robust on the vine. With tall poplars and snowclad peaks shimmering in the distance, the languorous landscape is a winemaker’s paradise. Once known for inexpensive reds, Chile now produces world-renowned wines including superpremium wines increasingly grown on low-yielding hillside vineyards. The heart of wine country is in Middle Chile, with several well-organized routes for wine tourism and producers ranging from grand estates of family dynasties to upstart garage wineries. Wine-growing has also spread north to the Elqui Valley, where innovative vintners are growing desert whites along with the area’s traditional pisco (grape brandy). Following are some of our favourite wineries to visit for a taste of the grape – swirl and enjoy!