Welcome to the longest country in the world: the Republic of Chile, which extends 2,647 miles from north to south, along the western coast of South America. The Andes Mountains in the east isolate Chile from other South American neighbors, and the Pacific Ocean laps at Chile’s western edge.
It was explorer Ferdinand Magellan who discovered the islands that make up the Chilean archipelago. He originally named this land the “Land of Smoke,” but King Charles I of Spain liked the name “Land of Fire” better. The archipelago became known as “Tierra del Fuego.”
This stable and prosperous country boasts a flag similar to that of Texas, and the crime and corruption rate is lower than anywhere in Latin America.
What else you don’t know about Chile may surprise you.
Viticulture in Chile goes back to the 16th century, when the Spanish Conquistadors introduced the first vines to this region. Spain regulated the production and fermentation of grapes in South America, but Chile ignored most of Spain’s restrictions. Europe and Australia also contributed to Chile’s knowledge about vineyards.
Today, Chile is one of the top five producers of wine in the world.
With over 100 wineries in the country, Chile is now the 5th largest exporter of wine in the world. The vineyards here thrive in the mid-portion of the country. Chile grows over twenty different varieties of grapes, and the country’s wines have received excellent reviews. You can check out the quality yourself by booking tours at many of the wineries.
Imagine taking a horseback ride through the cool air to inspect the vines, delight in a sumptuous meal with opportunities for sampling many of the vintages and falling into a luxurious bed to dream of your next tour.