Colchagua Valley
Colchagua Valley
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark5,521 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
In the Colchagua Valley, where the days are very hot and the nights cool, very good wine is produced. Rent a couple of bikes and head to some of the many skilled wineries.

Our primary wine tasting took place at the excellent Maquis winery, two different tastings with a total of 8 glasses that covered the winery's two very different terroirs.

Ironically, our two favorite wines - a crisp sauvignon blanc/semillon and an elegant and very expensive cabernet sauvignon ("Futa") - came from some vineyards with more minerality and located 25 km closer to the Atlantic Ocean.

Conclusion: Colchagua Valley with its main town Santa Cruz is a lovely place to visit, but it's not necessarily where Chile's best wines come from. Just saying.
Written 3 March 2024
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PioneroTravel
Santiago, Chile5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
These Valleys are considered to produce the finest red wines of Chile, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon. This is the area in Chile that initiated the grand history of Chilean wine production, marked by the planting of the first and the finest French varieties by the Pioneer Silvestre Ochagavia, around 1840. Many wineries and some of the best in the country are located here.
Written 2 September 2010
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Sherry B
San Pedro, Belize7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
My husband and I made a five-day detour during our Chile trip to sample wines, hike and horseback ride in Colchagua Valley. We stayed at Lapostolle, which is not only an incredible winery, but also has a small boutique Relais & Chateau hotel on its premises.
If you were staying at this property for three days or less, there would really be very little reason to leave. They have fantastic wines to sample, every type of Grand Marnier ever produced, since the owners also own Grand Marnier, hiking trails, horseback riding, beautiful pools for swimming, and perfect casitas from which to relax with a glass of wine, read a book and take in the incredible scenery of this picturesque valley with the surrounding mountains.
When you do venture out to tour some of the numerous surrounding wineries, there will be no shortage from which to choose. Our favorites, besides Lapostolle, were Montgras, Neyen and Montes. If you are into the finer wines, be sure to request a special tasting of their top wines. Most of the vineyards do offer this for a bit higher price, and it is well worth the freight. Otherwise, you might be stuck tasting the more pedestrian wines that you find in the discount stores back in the states. Huge difference in quality. The last thing I would suggest is to hire a driver for the day if you are going tasting from winery to winery. Some of the roads are not marked well, and it is a pleasure to be able to imbibe and have someone else take care of that task. The hotels can recommend bilingual drivers if you need them.
Written 2 May 2017
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Kurt M
Malmö, Sweden529 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
We have now visited the Casablanca Valley, Aconcagua, Maipo, Maule, Curicó and Colchagua Valley. All our wine tasting was self- planned and organised.

You certainly need your own transport, and plan ahead with a designating a driver. Chile has, fortunately, a zero tolerance for drink- driving.

That said we found it rewarding to be independent travellers, lingering when we wanted, taking spontaneous sidetracks where we wanted, the type of freedom you long for during a holiday.

Overall we found the Colchagua Valley best in terms of providing information with detailed maps to and description of the wineries, and good signposting.

Colchagua is a bit further from Santiago than, say, Casablanca or Maipo, but for the extra two hours on Ruta 5 (part of the 30,000 km Panamericana) this is a great option for seeing a variety of vineyards and taste amazingly different wines.

Last not least: there is beautiful fruit around you all the time, too. Stop anywhere and sample, buy, enjoy cherries, peaches, plums, kiwis, apples, nectarines, pears, and what not.

And this is prime countryside with all that has to offer. We were never left wanting in terms of accommodation, food, sceneries, opportunities for a swim, or anything else that makes a holiday so enjoyable.
Written 11 February 2017
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Rijos
Druid Hills, GA372 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
This is a beautiful part of the Chile. You would be able to visit many wineries, museum and restaurants. It is very safe and beautiful. The people are very friendly. If you go to Chile and like wine I highly recommend that you take 3 days to visit the Colchagua Valley. Driving in Chile is safe and easy.
Written 2 October 2018
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Tori C
Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015
It's only about a two hour drive from Santiago to Santa Cruz along the Ruta 5 highway. Once you're in Santa Cruz there are vineyards all around and you get a feel for the Chilean countryside and rural life. One of my favorites is Laura Hartwig for the personal, intimate experience, and Lapostolle for the "wow" architecture.
Written 30 June 2016
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Roger J
Eugene, OR210 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016
Colchagua feels a little like Napa 50 years ago. Wineries are coming up fast and furious, but it's not yet overdeveloped or become 'cliché' and over-disneyified.
Written 25 February 2016
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Bluffinn
Ithaca, NY44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
This valley is very rich in agriculture and wineries. The little town of Santa Cruz has a lively plaza and shops, and places to drink cafe con leche. The infrastructure (roads, elec, water) are all fine.
Written 1 February 2018
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JujuBsb
Brasilia, DF131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
For those of you who love wine, Chile´s wine country is beautiful. The wineries are all very professional. They offer tours and tastings and have lovely little shops where you can get the wines for bargain prices. This was one of my favorite trips of all time.
Written 18 February 2015
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