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The wine-growing area Valle de Colchagua is 130 kilometers south of the Chilean Capital Santiago de Chile in 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 springs. Colchagua is flowed through by the Río Tinguiririca, which allows only a winemaking ever. The Mediterranean, hot climate is tempered by cool air currents from the western Pacific. Here, in 1996, the first Chilean wine route "Ruta del vino de Colchagua" was created. A wine-tourist attraction is the train "Tren del Vino", operated by steam locomotive, which travels through the vineyards.

Vineyard Viña Santa Cruz - Valle de Colchagua in 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 by artificial irrigation be supplied by river water. It is 80% mainly the red wines Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot. Syrah. Carmenère and Malbec ( Cot ), as well as 20% of the 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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