Let’s be honest, you’re in the Colchagua Valley for a reason, and that is to experience one of the world’s premier wine regions. The valley is well known for its rolling hills, rich vines, enchanting architecture, and numerous wineries. Why waste time? Let’s get right to the good stuff, the wine.
1. Ruta del Vino
Ruta del Vino is a fantastic tour operator that has helped wine tourism flourish in the Colchagua Valley. Thanks to the internet, you can use their website to book your winery and vineyard visits before you arrive in Chile, making planning a breeze. In addition, their helpful staff can book your transportation throughout The Valley so you do not have to worry about directions or designated drivers. While it is possible to experience the Colchagua Valley as a day trip, I highly recommend a two night stay in The Valley! Your “day” starts with a little prep online- be sure to book the following wineries and meals before your arrival to guarantee a seamless experience.
Your driver will meet you at your hotel (recommendations below!) and drive you to the iconic Montes estate. There is only one proper way to begin exploring the Colchagua Valley, and that is at Montes. A beautiful property with an equally beautiful barrel room, Montes is a Chilean establishment. The modern design set against the lush hillside is a sight to be seen. Enjoy a tour of the property as well as a tasting in one of their many gorgeous tasting rooms. One of my favorite, unique features at Montes were the Georgian chants playing softly in the background throughout the barrel room. A truly mystical experience. Expect to spend an hour and a half at Montes, plus any extra time browsing or enjoying an extra glass of wine or two.
3. Viu Manent
Your next stop is Viu Manent, a winery founded in 1935 when a Catalan immigrant and his two sons founded Bodegas Viu in Santiago. The winery has grown over the last eighty five years to be one of the largest in the region. Your tour will begin by horse drawn carriage through the property. Soak up the sun and the beautiful valley as you learn about Viu Manent’s history. I hope you’re hungry because you’ll want to experience both a tour and then a late lunch or early dinner at Rayuela, a welcoming outdoor restaurant with fantastic food. Don’t miss out on trying a glass of the Carmenere, a red variety famous to the region.
The Perfect Day – Colchagua Valley (Part 2) coming soon!