(Yummy dessert and yummy late harvest wine, Casas del Bosque)

There are not a whole lot of spots in the world where you can base yourself in a major capital city and then go tour a different wine region each day. It’s easy in Chile, however, since most of the premier wine valleys are only an hour or two’s drive from Santiago.

We just posted a feature story on my trip with Wines of Chile and Enotour in the Valleys of Maipo, San Antonio, Casablanca, and more. I was blown away by the consistency of quality in Chile—especially considering the prices—and the wide range of wines done well.

While there’s no equivalent to Malbec or Torrontes in Chile, the country produces a much wider range of styles than its neighbor on the other side of the mountains. Over and over I sampled excellent Chardonnay (including some good unoaked versions), Sauvignon Blanc, late harvest whites, and red blends that ran the gamut from soft and fruity to complex and bold—using Syrah, Cabernet, and Chile’s own Carmenere.

See the full story here: Wine Tours from Santiago in Chile