Wine therapy: the therapeutic benefits of Chilean wine

This practice is expanding rapidly in the country and uses varieties such as lambrusco, sauvignon, cabernet or merlot wines to revitalize the skin.


Chilean wine enjoys great prestige at an international level, so it is no surprise that it is the favorite of millions of people all over the world. However, its body, taste and aroma are not its only virtues. At present it is also being used as a body treatment and rejuvenating therapy.

Wine therapy consists of an extraordinary antioxidant treatment based upon wine baths and massages that provide a series of curative benefits for the skin.

Among its advantages are the rejuvenation, toning and strengthening of the skin, dissipation of wrinkles, regeneration of dead cells, detoxification of the body and improved blood circulation.

But apart from being an aesthetic treatment, wine therapy also seeks to provide a sense of relaxation and well-being to people, in addition to constituting a medicinal aid to prevent future illnesses.

Wine, more than a beverage
The herbaceous parts of grapes contain highly energetic and beneficial elements. Among these are tannins –which help to prevent heart disorders–, calcium and potassium. The antioxidants present in wine are polyphenols and bioflavonoids, which help to retard aging in people. In addition, wine possesses many vitamins such as A, C and E, as well as proteins, mineral salts and enzymes.

Although a majority of the spas and thermal baths in Chile include wine therapy services, the following is a selection of places where the treatment is available.

Ritz Carlton Hotel, Santiago
This luxury hotel recently added to its services the option to enjoy a bath in Carménère wine. No previous reservation is required for this service; guests at the hotel can request the antioxidant treatment whenever they choose.

In addition, the bath is complemented by a candlelit setting and exquisitely scented bubbles, plus of course a glass of wine to sip on.

Balthus, Santiago
This top-level spa in the capital offers relaxing wine baths in a large tub full of wine, followed by hydro-massage that operates with micro-injectors that spray jets of water over the body.

Visitors can also experience being wrapped in grapes, making it possible to take maximum advantage of the benefits of this fruit.

Balthus has different locations, in the municipalities of Vitacura and Las Condes and in the city of Viña del Mar.

Termas de Quinamávida, Linares
Located in Linares, in the Maule region, these thermal baths offer a series of body treatments and thermal spa services. Their wine therapy consists of hydro-massage, facial masks, exfoliation with grape seed scrubs and complete antioxidant wine therapy treatment.

Aquarius Spa at the Villarrica Park Lake, Pucón
This spa is one of the largest in Chile and belongs to the select group of best spas in Latin America. Its infrastructure covers 1700 square meters and it offers many treatments and therapies to make the body feel as good as new.

This wonderful spot surrounded by the natural beauty of southern Chile has recently added wine therapy to its body treatments. This consists of wrapping the body in black grapes to tone and rejuvenate the skin.

Visitors can also take a luxurious bath in wine to enjoy its many benefits.

Termas de Puyuhuapi, Hotel & Spa
Considered one of the best spas in the world, it is located in the region of Aysén, near Coyhaique.

This beautiful hotel and spa offers a variety of services, among which the thermal baths in pools with seawater and cascades are a special treat. Here, wine therapy is carried out in a modern and welcoming infrastructure.

But wine is not only applied on the body in this spa. Wine-tasting is another activity offered for the guests’ enjoyment.

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