The Colchagua Valley is arguably one of the most promising wine regions, not only in Chile but in the whole of South America – having gained a reputation as being the country’s answer to Napa Valley
Settled in the southern transverse valley of the central Chile wine region, close to the equally aspirational Cachapoal Valley, the Tinguiririca River brings meltwater descending from the snowy peaks of the Andes to naturally irrigate the vineyards while transporting clays and silts to create perfect terroirs. And, like many of the world’s influential wine regions, the steep slopes on the edges of mountains cooled by coastal winds provide textbook wine making conditions – not to mention stunning scenery.
The ‘Valle de Colchagua’ is dominated by Bordeaux style blends and produces some of the country’s most prestigious red wines – from Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere and Syrah grape varieties – to compete with the Maipo Valley for the title of Chile’s premier wine growing region. ‘Clos Apalta’ by Casa Lapostolle, the 'Folly' Syrah from Montes and 'Altura' by Vina Casa Silva are just three Colchagua Valley wines that have turned heads on the international stage after investment has transformed the region into a state of the art wine destination.
Most of the wine estates in Colchagua Valley, which are clustered around the town of Santa Cruz, are modern facilities that have been constructed with wine tourism in mind – consequently bringing flocks of intrepid wine enthusiasts to the region.
At Wine Paths, our local expert can organise exclusive wine tours of Colchagua Chile which can include exquisite tastings, luxury accommodation and unique experiences in this next generation region. All of our private tours can be tailor-made to meet your exact requirements, ensuring every detail is taken care of so you can relax and enjoy the matter at hand – sampling the finest Colchagua wines that the region has to offer while taking in the panoramic natural beauty.
Among the most celebrated of our Colchagua Valley wine experiences is an all-inclusive tour of the best of Chile’s Central Valley, which includes private visits and tastings at a host of influential wineries across the Colchagua, San Antonio, Casablanca and Maipo Valleys.
During the multiple day tour, you will be given the opportunity to explore the Colchagua Valley by bicycle after an overnight stay at the elegant NOI Blend Hotel. The leisurely 12-mile cycle will take you to wine tastings at the Neyen de Apalta Winery and lunch at the Viu Manent winery before visiting the colourful village of Lo Abarca in the San Antonio Valley and more award-winning tastings at Casa Marin.
Moving on to the Casablanca Valley to sample crisp whites and cold-climate Pinot Noirs at the Kingston Family Vineyards ahead of a memorable food and wine afternoon in Casablanca.
There’s also the opportunity to see the bohemian maze of colourful houses in the historic port city of Valparaiso before heading back to the bustling capital of Santiago – where you can venture out for outdoor activities at the breathtaking natural retreat of Cajon del Maipo. On the final night, our professional guide will take you around Santiago’s main produce and fish markets to buy the ingredients for a traditional meal that will be prepared in collaboration with your host at a private Chilean home.
If time is of the essence, our luxury overnight experience visits several renowned wineries as part of an exclusive Colchagua Valley wine tour – while also giving you the opportunity to explore vineyards by bicycle or even a horse-drawn carriage.
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