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The Valle de Colchagua wine region is 130 kilometers south of the Chilean Capital city of Santiago de Chile in the Valle Central. Together with the similar area Cachapoal it forms the southern half of the Valle de Rapel region. The center is the city of Rancagua, known for its hot thermal springs. Colchagua is traversed by the Río Tinguiririca, which is the only way to make wine. The Mediterranean, hot climate is tempered by cool air currents from the Pacific Ocean to the west. The first Chilean wine route "Ruta del vino de Colchagua" was created here in 1996. A wine tourist attraction is the “Tren del Vino” train, which runs on steam locomotives and travels through the wine fields.

Viña Santa Cruz Winery - Valle de Colchagua in the Valle Central in Chile

The vineyards cover 20,000 hectares near the river and at the foothills of the Andes at 600 to 1,000 meters above sea level on loamy, sandy, mineral-rich soils. You have to go through artificial irrigation be supplied by river water. 80% of the wines are mainly red Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot. Syrah. Carmenère and Malbec ( Cot ), as well as 20% white wine varieties Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grown. Well-known producers are Altaïr, Araucano (François Lurton ), Bisquertt, Canepa. Carmen, Casa Silva, Cono Sur, Errázuriz, Estampa, Lapostolle Laura Hartwig Los Vascos ( Château Lafite-Rothschild ) Montes MontGras Santa Monica, Secret de Viu Manent, Terra Noble, Torreon de Parredes, Viña Santa Cruz, Viu Manent and Undurraga,

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