Santa Cruz, Chile
“Chile itself is more or less a wine region, but the epicenter is in the Central Valley, south of Santiago,” says Matt Nilsson, a Latin America senior product executive for bespoke travel company Audley Travel. “There’s an abundance of wines produced here because of the huge variety of grapes that can grow in the ideal climate.” Enter the Colchagua Valley for the Vendimia Harvest Festival (March 8 to 10) and you’ll get far more than just wine: national dance competitions, live music, empanadas, local cheeses. Don’t leave without trying carmenère wine, a varietal native to Chile that’s produced there, says Nilsson. Outside of wine, you can explore the area via mountain bike horseback, or check out a local rodeo, says Manas.
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