Colchagua Valley Wine

Colchagua Valley is set close to the Coastal Range and to the sea. It is largely recognized as a traditional wine-growing region and is one of the best-known in Chile. This region offers big red wines, 90% of the region’s plantings, made from Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, and old vine Malbec. Climates in Colchagua vary, ranging from the Andes foothills to the cooler areas of Marchigue and Lolol which are closer to the Pacific Ocean.

There is a large range of soils here from fertile alluvial soils on the valley floor to sand and decomposed granite on the hillsides; in the west, schist, volcanic sands, and slate can also be found. Some of Chile’s top wineries are located in the Colchagua Valley and take great advantage of the hilly terrain to achieve optimum ripeness. Micro-areas such as Apalta, where Lapostelle’s Clos Apalta and Montes’ Alpha ‘M’ can be found, San Fernando, and Chimbarango offer more significant diurnal differences which help to bring out Read more »

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Carmenère

    History of the grape: Carmenère was once widely planted in Bordeaux’s Medoc for its deep color and unique gaminess. I...

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  • Viña Siegel

    Alberto was born in Santiago in 1946, third generation in Chile of a German family. His grandfath...

  • Viña Los Vascos

    A pioneering adventure Grapevines were planted in the north of Chile in the 16th century, in the...

  • Viña Estampa

    The origin of Estampa’s name was nothing short of a miracle…, in Santiago, Chile, when a travelin...

  • Viña Bisquertt

    Bisquertt is a family-owned company belonging to the Bisquertt family and it currently is one ...

  • La Finca

    Found in Trader Joe's as a regular item. 

  • Casa Silva

    Viña Casa Silva is engaged in a continual quest to produce the best possible wines. The Silva fam...

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  • Amour - I do believe everyone enjoyed their small glass of the dessert wine ... Cabernet Sauvignon from the Colchagua Valley.  My favorite might have been the blend from Argentina of Malbec and Bonarda.Sunday evening was another night out on the town.  We had a performance of 'Last of the Red Hot Lovers' at the nearby George Mason University, ... Read More

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  • Montes Alpha Carmenere 2014

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    Wine review by JamieLou13


  • Cucao Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Wine review by higdog


  • Montes Carmenere Purple Angel 2010

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    very strong and rich, with combination of charry and berries, as well as cinnamon spices, chocolates and coffee Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Ravanal Gran Reserva Carmenère 2009

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    quite unfortunately did not get the chocolate coffee tones i expect of a Carmenere Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Montes Carmenere Purple Angel 2013

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    Big and bold aromas of blackberry preserves and cherry with vanilla cream on the nose. This doesn't hold back from fruit and spice with a bolt of acidity running through it and cranberry, raspberry and cherry fruit taking the mid palate, almost candied with floral hints and a finish that's tart, chewy and drying with a hint of menthol. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Maquis Viola Colchagua Valley 2010

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    Deceptively light aromas of red berry, cherry and smoke. This is textured and chunky with firm tannins on the palate, good red fruit character of strawberry and cherry with a pronounced smoke permeating through and ending on a creamy dark chocolate mousse and baking spice. Read More

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  • Montes Alpha Carmenere 2013

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    Lightly savory aromas of fresh cherry and strawberry with bold spice, some floral hints and even a touch of wheatiness. More bold fruit flavors on the palate, rich full bodied and earthy with blackberry, cranberry and red currant fronting for rough tannins and a slightly softer finish of milk chocolate and cream. Read More

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  • Casa Silva Los Lingues Vineyard Carmenere Colchagua Valley 2014

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    Light and elegant aromas of red currant, cherry and floral blossom notes framed by a hint of baking spice. Fresh berry, cherry and strawberry fruit is well developed and silky textured on the palate, restrained around the edges but with a strong core that drops into a tannic chew towards the finish where the fruit is joined by a touch of cream a... Read More

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  • Apaltagua Envero Gran Reserva 2014

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    Rich perfume and floral notes of blackberry, clay and savory spice on the nose. Firm, focused and assertive on the palate, this has tart acidity and herbal notes of olive and pepper out front of dark berry and cherry fruit that finishes with a touch of heat, loads of spice and a dark chocolate cream. Read More

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