With a growing reputation as Chile’s answer to Napa Valley, Colchagua is one of country’s most up and coming wine regions – employing the latest innovations to produce largely world-class red wines that have been turning heads on the international stage.
Settled in the southern transverse valley of the central Chile wine region, Colchagua is dominated by Bordeaux-style blends with some of the country’s most prestigious red wines being produced here, largely from Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere and Syrah grape varieties.Most Colchagua wineries are clustered around the town of Santa Cruz where the Tinguiririca River brings meltwater descending from the snowy peaks of the Andes to naturally irrigate the vineyards while transporting clay and silt to create a perfect terroir.
Wine estates are modern when compared to the more historical Maipo Valley with facilities specially constructed with wine tourism in mind – helping Colchugua Valley wine tours draw visitors from all over the world.
At Wine Paths, our local expert in Chile can organise exclusive Colchagua Valley wine tours while arranging elaborate tastings, luxury accommodation and unique experiences in this next generation region.
Among the luxury Colchugua Vallley wine tours we offer 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 – while exploring the area by bicycle, staying at wonderful hotels and getting to experience both the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountains.Like many of the world’s influential wine regions, the steep slopes on the edges of the mountains, cooled by coastal winds provide the ideal conditions for wine-making, not to mention stunning scenery.
Among the activities included in this Colchagua Valley wine tour is a stay at the elegant NOI Blend Hotel where you can enjoy a leisurely evening before taking a 12-mile bicycle ride the following day to the Neyen de Apalta Winery where you can enjoy Bordeaux style blends from 115-year-old Carmenere vines. After lunch and tastings at the Viu Manent winery there is a visit to the colourful village of Lo Abarca in the San Antonio Valley and more award-winning tastings at Casa Marin.
The Casablanca Valley provides a change from typical reds to sampling 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.
Acclaimed wineries along the way include Estampa, Laura Hartwig, the Neyen de Apalta Winery, Clos Apalta and the Casa Lapostolle – each with its own individual personality and an assortment of fine wines to chooseyou’re your tastings from.
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