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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  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Carmenère

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

  • 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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  • Casa Silva

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

  • 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 ...

  • Viu Manent

    What exactly is one’s own? … ”That which identifies us and by which we can recognize ourselves.” ...

  • La Finca

    Found in Trader Joe's as a regular item. 

  • Viña Los Vascos

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

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  • Montes Alpha Camenere 2012


    Fairly intense aromatically, showing off lots of caramelly toasted oak aromas along with paprika and raw beefy accented red berry fruit topped with some bay leaf and oregano . This is smooth, firm and slightly dense in the mouth. Its filled with polished tannins and is well supported by integrated acidity. The flavors are a bit of a one two punc... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Bisquertt la Joya Syrah 2010


    Rather intensely aromatic and unusual with rich aromas of soy marinated beef, carob, black cherry am and antiseptic herbal nuance. Big in the mouth, though light on its feet and not terribly extracted. The palate here mimic the nose with carob rich flavors of black cherry and blackberry fruit all wrapped up with hints of dried herbs. Its not wha... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Viña Montes Twins Malbec/Cabernet 2012


    Smoky, earthy and a bit reductive on the nose this takes lots of swirling and air to release its attractive rosemary, ink, used oak, dried herb and black cherry aromas. Smooth and polished in the mouth, the fruit here is nicely framed with just a bit of older wood leaving this attractively light on the palate. The tannins are small if a touch dr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Primus Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


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  • Viña Peralillo Carménère Colchagua Valley Arenal 2010


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  • Ventisquero Carmenere Reserva 2012


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  • Nimbus Estate Merlot Single Vineyard Valle de Colchagua Vina Casablanca 2008


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Vina Los Vascos Carmenere Grande Reserve 2012


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  • Panul Cabernet Carmenere Oak Aged Reserve Colchagua Valley Chile Red 2009


    It is great ...can't fine it in Austin or hampton Virgina any more where can i buy Read More

    Wine review by marilynbostick

  • Ok fellas, this post is for OT to see and drool over.  I hope he has a ... Apalta Vineyard of Chile (Colchagua Valley).  We first tasted this wine at a Chilean wine class we took at the Washington Wine Academy last year, prior to our trip earlier this year to Chile, Argentina and Brazil.  The wine maker from Vina Ventisquero (Felipe Tosso) was... Read More

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