Colchagua

General: Within the Rapel Valley are two of the best known Chilean wine valleys, the Cachapoal Valley in the north and the Colchagua Valley in the South.

Colchagua valley is located approximately 170 km south west of Santiago, the Colchagua Valley is the larger and southernmost of the Rapel Valley’s two sub-appellations. It is particularly well known for premium wines from the local valleys of Apalta and Ninquen.

In 2009, U.S. magazine Wine Enthusiast selected Colchagua Valley as the “Wine Region of the Year” because of its reputation for making high quality wines, and preserving the Chilean cultural heritage and traditions. In recent years the Colchagua Valley has experienced an explosive growth, mainly in wine tourism. In 1996 the first Chilean wine route was created, where many vineyards from this valley opened their doors together to the public.

Climate: Mediterranean, with winds predominately from the South bringing morning mist. The valley has very warm summers, which ripen the grapes, and there is a wide variation in temperature between day and night. It receives approximately 600 mm of rainfall per year.

The vineyards located in the area have high sun exposure and produce very concentrated and well-structured red wines, there are ideal conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carménère and Syrah. 5 years ago, it was unthinkable to have white wine in Colchagua, but Casa Silva Vineyards started planting some Sauvignon Blanc in “Paredones” , a coastal area of Colchagua, revolutionizing the image Colchagua had at the time. This area benefits from the coastal breezes that blow in during the afternoons, effectively extending the growing season and maturation period. Here they are fresh but well structured wines.

Soils: Medium in texture and rich in minerals.

Varietals (hectares):

  • Cabernet Sauvignon (10.733)
  • Merlot (2.933)
  • Carménère (2.905)
  • Syrah (1.804)
  • Chardonnay (1.775)
  • Sauvignon Blanc (1.247)
  • Cabernet Franc (497)
  • Malbec (497)


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