The southern extreme of the large Rapel Valley, better known as Colchagua, is close enough to Santiago for a quick overnight trip, but far enough away to feel fully immersed in deep-rooted wine country. Covering an area highly celebrated for its ripe, juicy red wines, this valley offers up spectacular Cabernet Sauvignons, show-stealing Syrahs and Carménères and even a few knock-out Malbecs. Most well-established wineries feature sweeping views of the Andes but, in the last few years, vineyards have expanded beyond the Coastal mountains toward the Pacific in an effort to broaden their repertoires and experiment with cool-climate varieties.
Set off down the Pan-American Highway, through the agriculturally rich heartland of Chile’s Central Valley. Visit Estampa which has a rich history dating back over a century and is the first winery in Chile dedicated to ensemblaje (blend) wines, followed by lunch at Casa Colchagua. The final stop of the day will be at Laura Hartwig for a tasting and bucolic ride through the vineyards in a horse drawn carriage.
Sip Neyen de Apalta’s signature Boreaux-style blend, sit down for a lunch at family-run Viu Manent and admire the vertically stacked cellars and bottling plant of Clos Apalta. Return to Santiago or continue on to your next adventure.
Please note: Price based on double occupancy and valid through September 30, 2018.