Chile - Colchagua
Colchagua Valley is a relatively new region when compared with the historical Maipo Valley to the north, with a limited number of vineyards but with enormous potential especially for reds from Entre Cordillera (between mountain ranges).
The official Colchagua Valley viticultural area stretches south-east to north-west for 70 miles at its widest point. Its western boundary is formed by the coastal hills that run the length of Chile’s vast Pacific coastline. In the east, the vineyards are naturally limited by the foothills of the Andes, into which they creep further and further each year.
Colchagua is a little cooler than Maipo, but still maintains a consistently Mediterranean climate: the Pacific Ocean offers a cooling influence – necessary at a latitude of 34°S, which is closer to the Equator than any European vineyard.
The Tinguiririca River is a key feature in Colchagua. It flows along the northern edge of the region and through the town of Santa Cruz, around which many wineries are based. The river brings clear meltwater down from the Andean peaks to the valleys and vineyards below, transporting silts and clays with it and creating ideal soils and terrains for viticulture