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Wine connoisseurs love the aromatic vino and colorful scenery found in the Maipo Valley. A smattering of small wine producers — renowned for their flavorful reds, especially cabernet sauvignon — can be found within an hour's drive of central Santiago. One of the Maipo Valley's most revered wineries is Concha y Toro. Situated in Pirque, a major wine-producing area about 15 miles southeast of Santiago, Concha y Toro pairs inventive wines with flavorful small dishes and offers tours of its vineyards every day from 10 a.m. to 5:10 p.m. for 8,600 CLP (approximately $15.50 USD) per person. According to one TripAdvisor user: "The walks through the vineyard are nice, the guides are very professional and the tasting at the end is generous for the price." For further details, visit Concha y Toro's website.

There are also a handful of venerable and up-and-coming wineries scattered across Chile's Casablanca Valley (about 50 miles northwest of Santiago). This region teems with wineries that produce top-tier Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs. To arrange a trip to a variety of wineries across the valley without having to rent your own set of wheels, plan your trip on the Casablanca Valley Wine Producers Association website.

Tour costs and hours vary by winery. The easiest way to reach many popular wineries (such as Concha y Toro) is by taxi. Ask your hotel concierge to arrange a taxi for you to ensure you take the most direct route and pay a fair rate. Expect the taxi fare from downtown Santiago to Concha y Toro to cost approximately 16,625 CLP (about $30 USD) each way. Those looking to tour the Casablanca Valley should consider making arrangements through Santiago Adventures, a reliable operator based in Santiago that offers a variety of wine-focused excursion options. For further details, check out the Santiago Adventures website.

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