Welcome to Maipo Valley Wineries
When you've had your fill of Santiago's museums and plazas, head south of the city center to check out the gorgeous vineyards and mass-production wine operations of the Maipo Valley. Big-bodied reds, featuring varietals 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 is the winery bike tour with La Bicicleta Verde. Enotour is another curated wine-tour outfit. Most wine tours require advance reservations.