It's harvest time in the southern hemisphere! They are picking grapes and starting the fermentation process. A nice juxtoposition with our NY winter.
Join us as we explore Chile and Argentina, with stops in Australia and New Zealand too.
Chile is an amazing country in many ways, not least of which is its wines. It's length (4,270 km/ 2,653 miles) is similar to the width of the United States, and yet Chile is only 177 km / 110 miles wide on averge.
It's latitude extends from 17 - 56 degrees (or even further if Chilean claims on Antartica are considered).
This in and of itself leads to wonderful diversity in the vineyards that are planted. An equally influential factor though is where the vineyards are east to west. Chile has the Pacific ocean on its west, and the Andes mountains on its eastern side. In addition, much of the country is made up of mountains: apart from the Andes, they form transverse and coastal ranges. The Central Valley in Chile in fact refers to the Valley that runs between a central mountain range and the Andes.