Visiting Santiago, Chile means you’ll get to experience fantastic wine form local vineyards without having to leave the spectacular city itself. Boragó was named one of the best restaurants in the world by Food & Wine magazine, so why not plan your trip to Santiago around a dining experience?
Santiago is the capital city of Chile that is surrounded by gorgeously lush vineyards. To the south and east you’ll find the Maipo Valley, known for its Chilean Cabernet Sauvignons. Go west and you’ll discover Leyda and Casablanca Valleys, where you can find earthy Syrahs and Sauvignon Blancs.
Up until recently, visitors who wanted to enjoy the local wines had to rent a car and venture outside of Santiago. Now, a new slew of urban wine bars give people the opportunity to sip on the delicious wines right in the city. Here is a guide to the trendy neighborhoods that house these bars.
This fashionable neighborhood is where you’ll find Bocanáriz, the wine bar that kicked off the whole movement. Next you can explore Santiago Wine Club where you’ll find rare finds like old-vine Carignan and high altitude Grenache.
Next, across the Mapocho River you’ll find the bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista. There you can head to Polvo, which is known for pairing artisanal charcuterie boards with organic wines from small producers. Visit Chascona, which is located in the former home of Novel-Prize winner poet Pablo Neruda. If you’re in the mood for a cocktail after all this wine, make sure to check out Salon Chharqu that concoct herbaceous drinks made with indigenous ingredients.
Where Should You Stay?
In Lastarria you’ll find Hotel Magnolia, which features exposed brick, checked tiles, and geometric lighting. You can also opt for The Singular, a cool hotel with a rooftop bar, lounges that are filled with artwork, and cozy large rooms with plush furniture. Those who prefer a smaller and more intimate lodging location can check out Hotel Carmenere, which is an eco-friendly casona with a wine cellar.