NileGuide Expert Says:
For a unique way to see a few wineries in just one day, and without spending a boring day in a tour van, take one of these tours.
Av Santa Maria, 227
tel: (0)2 570 9338
NileGuide Expert tip:
Try to come in in March or April to see the most active parts of the wine harvest, and possibly taste a number of grapes right off the vine.
For an unusual take on a wine country tour, and which will let you get around just like many of hte workers in the field do, take a bike and wine tour with La Bicicleta Verde. They will pick you up at your hotel (r you can meet them in the office), explain the lay of the land on the way to the vineyards in the Alto Maipo Valley. From there, they'll get you adjusted and setup on a mountain bike, provide you with a helmet and water bottle, and then take you tooling through the vineyards with the backdrop of the coastal range behind.
Sometimes you'll stop and meet the winemakers, taste the grapes if there are any on the vines, talk about organic and biodynamic production, and the history of Chilean winemaking and the rediscovery of the French Carmenere grape after it was thought to be extinct.
The trip ends with a typical Chilean meal, with a choice of options, including meat soup (cazuela), pastel de choclo (like a shepherd's pie with corn on top) or vegetarian options, with yet more wine.