Often called the Bordeaux of South America, Maipo Valley is home to a number of Chile’s most beloved wine producers. In the 1800s, wealthy travelers headed off to France and returned with international vines that they planted in Chile’s mineral rich soil. Today, these Maipo estates are among the nation’s top vineyards and an ideal place for travelers looking to sample the nation’s favorite reds and whites.
Wines with acidic sweetness and true balance can be found in Alto Maipo, near the eastern edge of the Andes. The area, which is home to Pirque and Puento Alto, is among Maipo Valley’s top destinations for fruit-forward vintages. Crisp whites and bold Cabernet Sauvignons come from Maipo Bajo, near the town of Talagante. Wine-loving travelers will also find Merlot, Chardonnay and Carmenere varieties on a tour through what is, without a doubt, one of Chile’s most iconic wine regions.
Maipo Valley is located south of Santiago at the northern tip of the Central Valley. It’s separated from Argentina’s famous Mendoza region by the picturesque Andes Mountains.