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Chile Recs

#1 Post by Jeff Loftus » November 27th, 2018, 12:36 am

I’m starting to plan a trip to Chile with the wife. We are still debating which region to focus on, Patagonia or the North. Though we are leaning to towards Patagonia. We will also spend a few days for wine tourism, but I am getting a little overwelmed as the Central Valley is so large and spread out with quality producers.

I don’t know whether to just pick one or two sub regions and hope for the best. Or to actually search out the best winery experiences and our favorite producers. I’d really appreciate any recommendations or pleasant experiences anyone has had. Are there any sub valleys that are more geared for tourism than others? We are pretty flexible in our tastes for Chilean Wines, Cab, Carmenere, the blends, syrah, and Cab Sauv.

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#2 Post by Ethan Abraham » November 29th, 2018, 7:06 am

I can't really answer your exact Chile questions as we didn't go to Patagonia or the north, but we did have an excellent time in the Lake/Volcano (Puerto Varas/Puerto Montt) area with a side trip to Chiloe island. Visiting the penguins on Chiloe is really neat if you like penguins. Near Santiago we also loved Valparaiso and the coast.

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#3 Post by Rajesh P a r i k h » November 29th, 2018, 7:39 am

I just got back from a trip to Chile and loved it. We spent 4 nights in Patagonia and 3 nights in Santiago. Looking back on it I wish we spent at least another day in Patagonia because it was too windy to complete the base of the towers hike on our last day. As for wine regions, I can't be of much help but we did meet some people that really enjoyed biking through the vineyards.

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#4 Post by Ethan Abraham » November 29th, 2018, 8:06 am

Levi Dalton appears to be Instagram-ing a trip to Chile now, perhaps he'll report back on a wine board somewhere with his findings.

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#5 Post by Mark Y » November 29th, 2018, 8:30 am

Interested in feedback as well.
Went 10 years ago and from memory the regions are hours apart driving so can’t really pick and choose.its be like picking a winery in Napa, one in Sonoma and one in SF area.
I think u need to go and focus on a region each day. Has that changed? Interested to know as I’m heading there next year for a few days before easter island and Antarctica.
Y.e.

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