We would recommend spending a couple of days of your holiday
exploring Santiago itself and while you're there, make sure you
head up San Cristobal hill with your camera, to get the best views
of the city and the surrounding Andes. After this, move on to its
surrounding attractions; the coast, Andes and vineyards.
The food in Santiago is great; from the bustling central fish
market to any number of upmarket international restaurants and more
typical Chilean lunch options. South of the city, the Central
Valley is where the majority of Chile's wine comes from. The Maipo
Valley, closest to Santiago, is home to the most widely known
export; Concha y Toro, whose winery can be visited in a day trip.
Maipo's cool ocean breezes, bright sunshine and elevated slopes are
perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, one of the export varieties
Chile has become synonymous with, but local vineyards also grow
Merlot and Chardonnay on the upper slopes.
Beyond that, deeper into the picturesque landscape of vines with
the Andean backdrop, are many smaller vineyards, some of which form
part of the 'Wine Route' and offer charming overnight
accommodation. Try a glass of delicious Carménère red wine - the
grape was originally from the Bordeaux region of France but is now
almost exclusively grown in Chile.