The Central Wine Country

Things to do in The Central Wine Country

Here, French owner Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle (heiress to the Grand Marnier fortune) produces Clos Apalta, the premium line of Casa Lapostolle, in a spectacular state- of-the-art winery, carved six stories deep into solid granite.

The winery's restaurant offers lunch among the vines with a sophisticated spin on Chilean standards: fried congrio, a local fish, comes with a frothy Chardonnay sauce; lamb chops are seasoned with rosemary, mint, and (rather unexpectedly) kumquat.

Built to resemble a typical Chilean country house, this oak-and-stone winery is already turning out award-winning wines—after only four vintages.

The two-hour tour of the 136-year-old, 345-acre Viña Errázuriz begins among the garden's fountains and fragrant sweet peas, and climbs through the vineyards for an expansive view of the property.

Explore the valley on foot, horseback, or bicycle, or visit the family cheese operation (the Matetics make a killer sheep's-milk cheese), and cap the afternoon off with a tour of the winery, a stunning hillside facility with a theatrical oval barrel cellar and a pair of grand tasting rooms with a

Viña Viu Manent offers hot-air balloon rides and recently opened a chic Andean handicrafts boutique.