Wine Route of the Colchagua Valley

Wine Route of the Colchagua Valley

Depart:
Independent Tour-Land Only

2 Days/ 1 Night

Daily March 1-September 30

The history of Chile is mixed with the grapevine and wine. From the time of the Spanish conquest which led to the sacrament of the catholic Eucharist in Chile, wine was required as a fundamental part of life. The missionaries considered indispensable to plant vineyards and to prepare Indian wines. From the end of the XIX century an important impulse took place during which visionary businessmen gave a form of cultural expression to the grapevine. Names like Macul, Errazuriz, Pedregal, Ossa, Urmeneta, among others, covered great extensions of land with grapevines being the starting point to the Chilean fine wine. Famous are the Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir stocks. After 100 years we can say that the Chilean wine has obtained the seat of honor that it deserved, not only by the passing of time, but mostly by the real image that it has in the sustainable vine growing world thanks to technical work, ideal climatic conditions and exceptionally rich soils.
Price per Person:
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Package Includes:
1 night at the Santa Cruz Plaza Hotel with private facilities
Breakfast
1 lunch-drinks not included
Sightseeing as per itinerary
Transport as per itinerary
Hotel taxes and service charges
Itinerary
Day 1 Santiago-Santa Cruz
Departure from the hotel in Santiago. Drive along the South Pan-American Highway, passing by the city of San Fernando, to Santa Cruz, located on the South shore of the Tinguiririca River, today an active supply center of a vast agricultural zone. The trip takes you through the Chilean countryside, through an area that is characterized by the fertility of its soil, where vine growing stands out with more than 27 vineyards, famous for the quality of their production. During your trip you will pass by the locality of Nancagua, with its old supervisory house (today host of the Municipality) with a great park where coniferous and palms predominate, continuing along the highway past enormous trees that expose the old supervisory houses, like the houses of Cunaco, in the locality of Cunaco which once was the greatest property of the valley preceded by an avenue of palms that gives way to one of the most beautiful parks of the Chilean countryside, designed by an Italian landscape designer in 1873. Tour to the Viu Manent Vineyard, located at approximately 4 miles to the east of Santa Cruz. This Vineyard, was founded in the middle of the XIX century, although its recent history goes back to 1966, when it was acquired by Mr. Miguel Viu Manent, who begun to produce wines to be exported. His approximately 150 ha. are planted with the Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon stocks and 50 ha. of Peralillo with the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay stocks. The visit includes a tour of the vinification warehouses, where strong investments have been made in modern technology obtaining a capacity of 7 million liters in wood casts, stainless steel casts and oak barrels. You will be able to taste some of these wines, the most famous ones the Viu Manent, reserve in Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, its varietal in Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc. Continue the tour with a visit to the Bisquertt Vineyard, located approximately 7 miles from Santa Cruz. In the zone of Peralillo, the Bisquertt name is associated with excellent wine production. In the beginning, they sold their raw materials to the great Chilean vineyards, but from 1991 they started to produce with their own label. 400 ha. planted with of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc stocks. Their vinification warehouses have state of the art infrastructure and a capacity to keep approximately 5 million liters. Most of its production is exported to Europe, the United States and Canada. Its best wines are Bisquertt Great Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and in the line of varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Typical Chilean lunch will be served at the Los Varietales restaurant of the Santa Cruz Plaza Hotel. After lunch, tour of the Museum of Colchagua (closed on Monday), located at the back of the Hotel and known today as one the most complete Museums of South America, because it also embraces aspects like the Palaeontology, from the first genuine earth animals in a slow evolution about 600 million years ago, to the appearance of mammals close to man. The pre-Columbian world, (Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Mesoamerica) and the history of Chile (Conquest, Colony, Independence, Pacific War), in addition to a collection of liturgical objects, also of folklore that was born of the life of the farmers and, finally, a collection of original vehicles recovered by experts, all dated between 1870 and 1910, in addition to an important collection of agricultural machinery. Overnight the hotel Santa Cruz Plaza.

Day 2 Santa Cruz-Santiago
Breakfast served in the restaurant of the hotel. Return to Santiago. Hotel nights in Santiago can be added.

Additional nights available

Pre and/or post tour nights in Santiago available

Please Note: Schedules and names of the vineyards can vary since they are confirmed according to availability.



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