There are 3 primary types of soil. The oldest originate in the lacustrian sedimentation and are deep, fine-textured (clay loam) soils. Younger soils from alluvial sedimentation (Tinguiririca River) have fine textures (silty loam). A third type is derived from rhyolitic pumicite tuff (soils derived from ancient volcanic ash) and has a medium texture with granitic piedmont from the Coastal Mountains with a gently rolling topography This valley has a Mediterranean climate with four very well-defined seasons, a strong alternating influence of Pacific maritime breezes and Andean winds. This generates ideal conditions for winegrowing, especially during the summer months (November to April), when the average difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures averages 22°C (40°F) (35 ºC / 95°F) max. – 13 ºC (55°F) min.), which allows for perfect, slow ripening of the grapes over the long summer season, thereby allowing the formation of complete and longer molecular chains in the fruit that result in better aroma and flavor.

The primary factor that determines the superior quality of the wines from the Colchagua Valley is its special and beneficial climate, which winemakers have described as ideal. This special climatic condition is determined by a unique valley geography marked by two mountain chains that continue from the Andes Mountains toward the sea, defining its basin and forming an ideal corridor for the winds that come from the ocean and the mountains, which thermo-regulate the valley temperatures. Springtime is free of convective frosts and only very occasionally is it affected by polar type frosts during the autumn or winter, which does not affect the final quality of the grapes.

Rainfall is normally concentrated during the winter months of June through September with an average annual precipitation of 600 mm (24 inches). Rainfall is rare during the harvest season, which normally takes place between mid-February and late April (late summer and early autumn), which allows growers to wait for the ideal maturity level in each variety.

The accumulation of snow in the Andes as a product of winter rains ensures that sufficient water will be available to supplement the vineyards during the spring and summer months.

The Colchagua Valley has clean, clear skies, without the smog generated in the large urban centers, which allows for perfect and ideal solar radiation.

COLCHAGUA PREMIUM WINERIES
ViuManent, Montes and Clos de Apalta wineries
We are going to drive 2 hours and a half South of Santiago to visit the winery ViuManent , there you will enjoy a full rounded experience with ViuManent wines. In a vintage horse-drawn carriage, you will go through the winery, vineyards,and cellars. You will visit the Estate and unveil its ..


 

COLCHAGUA PREMIUM VALLEY
Casa Silva, Viu Manent, Montes and Clos de Apalta wineries
We are going to drive 130 kms South of Santiago to visit our first winery the legendary old Casa Silva ,once you get there you will be surrounded by 90 years old vines.The mini parcels from whence the grapes came are well known by the family. This grasp or even the smallest details helps..


 

COLCHAGUA VALLEY HIGH TOUR
Los Vascos, Mont Gras and Neyen wineries
We will star visiting the winery Los Vascos , On 8 August 1868, Baron James de Rothschild purchased Château Lafite, which was under public sale as part of the Ignace-Joseph Vanlerberghe succession . Just 3 months after the purchase, Baron James passed away, and Lafite became the joint property..


 

CASA LA POSTOLLE CLOS DE APALTA & NEYEN WINERIES
We are going to drive 2 and a half hours South of Santiago to visit the winery Casa Lapostolle, This revolutionary winery is solely dedicated to the production of Casa Lapostolle’s world-class icon wine, Clos Apalta. The winery is 100% gravity-fed spanning five levels, three of which are buried into the granite of the Apalta hillside to provide a natural cool temperatu..


 





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