Known for its world-class red wines, the Colchagua Wine Valley in central Chile is home to over 30 wineries. Tourism is relatively new to the area, giving the experience an authentic feel, with most dining and hotel options in and around the town of Santa Cruz. The wineries along the Ruta del Vino offer a variety of tours and tastings along with exquisite views of Chile’s Central Valley – a perfect weekend destination from Santiago or stop on the way to the coast.
Stay: Hotel Terra Viña (relaxing accommodations set in the middle of the vineyards)
Do: Tour/tasting at Laura Hartwig winery (This is boutique winery was recommended to us by the hotel staff and was well worth the visit. César gave us a very informative private tour and tasting. We also enjoyed the horse and carriage ride around the property.)
Eat (lunch): Rayuela Wine & Grill at Viu Manent winery (traditional Chilean steakhouse in a beautiful setting)
Eat (dinner): Vino Bello (Italian food in a relaxed setting. Our hotel provided us with flashlights so we could find our way back through the vineyards after dark!)
Drink: Wine tasting at Montes winery (We frequently purchase Montes products in Chicago so had to check out the source.)