Tours

With most wineries in the Central Valley, you can make your own direct booking and the relatively easy-to-navigate road network makes renting a car a good option to get around yourself. However, Chile has a zero tolerance law for drunk driving, so booking a taxi for the day is often preferable, and safer. Alternatively, each of the agencies below organizes private and group tours to the different wine regions.

Ruta Valle de Luz. This alternative wine tourism company organizes visits to garage wineries and organic producers. The day often starts with a tasting in its excellent boutique garage wine store on the main road to Santa Cruz. An artisan route to see the local craftsmen can also be incorporated into the tour. Hearty lunches exploring local cuisine are an added highlight. If you want to get away from the big producers, this is the tour agency for you. La Vino Garage, Carretera del vino, Km 30, (between Nancagua and Santa Cruz), Santa Cruz, O'Higgins, 3110000. 09/9234–3434; www.turismorutavalledeluz.com. From 45,000 pesos. Daily 11–7.

Santiago Adventures. This tourism outfitter organizes wine tours from Santiago to the different wine routes either in full- or multiday trips. Visits usually come with premium wine pours, your own bilingual guide, private transfer, and pick-up from your hotel doorstep. Dr. Manuel Barros Borgoño 198, Piso 2, Providencia, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, 7500587. 2/244–2750; www.santiagoadventures.com. From 193,000 pesos. Weekdays 9–6.

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