Guide to

Colchagua Valley

Chile’s valley known as “The King of Reds”

Colchagua Valley, Chile

The southern part of the larger Rapel Valley was formerly known for winemaking purposes as part of the Rapel Valley. However, Chile’s Denomination of Origin system reclassified it as two distinct valleys, leaving the southern end as the Colchagua Valley. This area has long been celebrated for its ripe and juicy red wines. Cabernet Sauvignon continues to hold the lead, although these days Syrah and Carménère routinely steal the show, along with relatively small quantities of excellent Chilean Malbec, a recent innovation, as this wine is traditionally considered the national wine in neighboring Argentina. Recently, vineyards in the Colchagua valley have begun planting further toward the coast and broadened the repertoire of fine wines to include cool-climate varieties. 

Major wine wine varieties from the Colchagua: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carménère, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc (coastal), Viognier. 


Recommendable all-year though we recommend visiting during harvest season, which varies between February and April each year.

How to Arrive

Driving from Santiago: Approxiamately 2.5 hours

Good to know

Language: Spanish Currency: Chilean Peso (CLP) Visas/fees: Travel to Chile does not require a visa for US/US/EU/CAN/AUS travelers. AUS citizens must pay a reciprocity fee.

What to do in Colchagua Valley

Upscape Bike Tours in Chile

Upscape Moments

Cycle through the changing scenes of Colchagua Valley

Oldest Vines In Chile Neyen Vineyard

Upscape Moments

Picnic next to some of the oldest vines in Chile

Ready to go? Here’s what to pack

Colchagua Valley enjoys warm temperatures year-round. As with the rest of Chile’s central valley, the climate is Mediterranean and travelers should dress in layers.

  • Closed-toed shoes, including boots in colder months, for walking through the vineyards
  • Cycling or workout clothing, if you wish to actively explore
  • Layered clothing
  • Sunblock (summer sun is especially strong)

Travel tunes: Playlists for Chilean Wine Country

Where to stay: Overnight Recommendations


VIK Chile

The vibe: Boldly artistic

The location: Perched above Viña VIK with view of vineyards and a lagoon

Good for: Those who enjoy art and the art of winemaking

Clos Apalta Residences Colchagua Valley

Clos Apalta Residences

The vibe: Stylish luxury

The location: On the Apalta vineyards with stunning views

Good for: International wine-aficionados looking for a private getaway

Hotel Noi Blend In Colchagua Valley

Noi Blend

The vibe: Relaxed hacienda retreat

The location: Along the route of our cycling trips

Good for: Groups or families looking for a charming wine country stay

Hotel Casa Silva In Colchagua Valley

Casa Silva

The vibe: Historic boutique hotel

The location: A bit outside of the center of Colchagua, the Casa Silva estate lies on a vineyard next to pristine polo fields

Good for: Polo fans

Tips from our Team

  • The Colchagua Valley is bursting with bold colors and flavors, nestled between the rolling coastal mountain range and the dramatic peaks of the Andes. Slow down and take time to enjoy this area and its history.
  • During harvest months, known as the vendimia, the town of Santa Cruz comes to life with festivals. It’s a special time to visit, especially for wine lovers.

The Vendimia: A Guide to Chile’s Harvest Festivals