The southern extreme of the large Rapel Valley is best known as the Colchagua Valley, a zone that has traditionally been highly celebrated for its ripe and juicy red wines, especially Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère, Syrah, and Malbec. Recently, vineyards have expanded toward the coast and broadened the repertoire of fine wines to include cool-climate varieties.
With grapes first planted in the late nineteenth century, the Colchagua Valley has grown to become one of the most important wine regions in South America.
Wineries in the Colchagua valley offer tours and tastings year-round, but the best time to go is October - May for both the weather and harvest.
Although a day trip provides a glimpse of the great wine of this region, a 2-3 day trip is ideal for visiting a number of the valley’s wineries, tasting its excellent wines and experiencing the warm hospitality and rich culture of the region.