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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  • Carmenère

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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  • Viña Siegel

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

  • Viña Estampa

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

  • Viña Los Vascos

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

  • 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...

  • Viña Bisquertt

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

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  • Santa Helena Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley Grand Reserva Aureus 2004

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    Not very exciting but not bad. Classic straight up Cabernet Sauv with just a nice amount of oak. This wine is pretty one dimensional and clean, but has good flavor. It also has a shorter finish but should go well with a regular steak dinner at home. Read More

    Wine review by winolee


  • Montes Syrah Colchagua Valley Alpha 2005

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    Stepping out of the world of Bordeauxs and tasted this at a party. Lovely fruity nose. This had a lot going on. The beginnings was like cherry candy to me, and it evolves to an array of different tastes - blackberries, cherries, very subtle pepper and spice. If you do not like a spicy shiraz, this one would work well. I'd say its a very ver... Read More

    Wine review by winolee


  • Montes Cabernet Sauvignon Alpha 2005

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    Medium bodied and mellow - with upfront dark berry. Somewhat lacking in mid-palate and finish, but it is a good wine for the $. It is somewhat more bordeaux-like as it does not have the tannins, mouthfeel and up-front fruit of most California cabs. Read More

    Wine review by RicksPicks


  • Montes Syrah Colchagua Valley Alpha 2005

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    Outstanding wine for it's price - comparable to some $30-$50 wines I've tasted. Rich flavor; just the right amount of leather, smoke & spice. A great drinking wine and works well with with food (we had it with halibut in a tomato based sauce). I'm running back to pick up a half case. Read More

    Wine review by Rob McKaughan


  • Los Vascos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by Moose


  • Montes Syrah Colchagua Valley Alpha 2005

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    Lots of berry fruit, a bit of oak, and very nice controlled tannins. Nice nose and finish. Really enjoyed this one. Very good value. Read More

    Wine review by judgelog


  • Two Brothers Big Tattoo Red 2005

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    Wine review by mclind


  • Apaltagua Carménère Colchagua Valley 2005

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    Carmenère lovers take note. This is a great value. Big fruit, with lots of berry and a it of smoke. very nice. My wife is not someone to gush about wine. but I had a bottle of this open and she tried a glass and loved it. We'll be keeping this around for a while. Read More

    Wine review by judgelog


  • Malbec Single Vineyard Viu Manent Vino Tinto Valle de Colchagua Chile 2006

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    A very smooth round ready to drink Malbec, far superior to the Viu Manent Malbec Reserva of the same vintage. Purple in colour with notes of blackberry and other dak fruit. Drinking now. Read More

    Wine review by clivebennett


  • Root 1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

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    Wine review by joshparent


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