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...

  • Viu Manent

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

  • Viña Estampa

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

  • 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 Bisquertt

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

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  • Thanks Greg for the advice. That is currently what I am doing. Am planning to ... of you tried this before?Is Colchagua Valley capable to produce such wines? Chilean wines are afterall, not as likeable among the mass market consumers.  &nbs Read More

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  • Mont Gras Carmenere Reserve 2011

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    Deep color. Nice rich, toasty flavor, oak aged. Soft tannins, very smooth and round. Powerful flavors that are blended nicely. Overall very pleasant. Read More

    Wine review by joiedevivre


  • Veo Grande Cabernet Syrah 2008

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    Delicious - more sweet than dry. Juicy Fruits Read More

    Wine review by icbang


  • Montgras Antu Ninquen Syrah 2009

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    Very pronounced aromas of leather, earth, some berries. Pretty viscous due to high alcohol content at 14.5%. On the tongue- quite acidic, peppery, a bit of earth but not as much as in the aroma. Some cinnamon. Again, some fruit but not a lot. Tastes of alcohol. Burns the back of the throat. Finish isn't very long. Kind of so-so. Probably won't b... Read More

    Wine review by mikehamm


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

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    A little on the light side however makes enjoying more than one bottle a real possibility and that's per person gringo Read More

    Wine review by Joemaskala


  • Viu Manent Malbec Colchagua Valley Secreto 2009

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    My Rating 90: Elegant lean wine wine well balanced flavors. Nose retrained but very long. Interesting Price $ 12 at Costco Read More

    Wine review by Wolle


  • Hacienda Araucano Carmenere Reserva 2011

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    A little sweet oak greets the nose followed by some dark herbal and African violet aromas all layered over forest berry wild fruits, wild strawberries and blackberries. Rather light bodied and scid driven with just a suggestion of tannin supporting a nice core of blackberry and black currant fruit that shows a little oaky bitterness on the backe... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Jacques & Francois Lurton Hacienda Araucano Clos de Lolol Colchagua Valley 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by BradoP


  • Casa Silva Carmenere 2012

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    Christmas 2013, Binny's. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Concha Y Toro Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2012

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    Slightly oaky but balanced with good acidity. Meyer lemon dominates with some dried apricot and tangerine. Fairly long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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