A tasting wine trip into the Colchagua Valley:
One of the most characteristic wine-producing areas in Chile is the Colchagua valley. Located some 100 miles (160 km) south of Santiago, it stretches from the Pan American Highway west towards the coast. Colchagua, which in the native indigenous language means "valley of small lagoons", is the land in which the hunting tribe named the "Chiquillanes" settled the most warlike, battle-hardened group of the Mapuche nation. The first pre-Hispanic irrigation works were built by the Incas, and using this method, agriculture was introduced to Colchagua. Later, the Jesuit missionaries planted the first vines in Chile in order to create communion wine. These vineyards were established on Colchagua Valley's coastal area, at the Jesuit Mission settlement of Pichilemu. This would mark the beginning of vitiviniculture in the Colchagua Valley.
The perfect latitude for solar radiation, the Pacific breeze acting to moderate the temperature, the protective nature of the Andes Mountains, allows that the grape varieties can have the perfect environment in the valleys that are located from the north to the south of the country.
Therefore, a grape variety can be grown in that location that provides perfect conditions for its production. The reds grow best in the Maipo or Colchaqua valleys and the whites in Casablanca valley.
At the end of the 80's decade, Colchagua Valley's producers united with the Chilean wine export boom, installing the state of the art technology required for the production of World class wines, hence beginning the trading and direct export of its wines to the most demanding international markets. In the 90s, Chilean wines definitively consolidated their presence on the international market, with excellent results and an earned prestige. Currently, Chilean wines are exported to 90 countries in 5 continents, enjoying a well-deserved prestige.
Currently, the Colchagua Valley is the leading zone for the production of fine wines in Chile, and that with the most promising future on an international scale.
In this tour you will visit the Rapel Valley, which includes the Colchagua and Cachapoal valleys, is a region known for its "huasos", Chilean cowboys. Most of its grape-growing production goes into making red wines, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carménère, Malbec, and others. In the month of March there is a typical grape-harvest and wine-making festival with regional wine tasting and various activities in the Santa Cruz Plaza. We invite you to enjoy a fine wine tour visiting and tasting in the most famous Chilean wineries.
Early morning pick up from your hotel to drive towards Santa Cruz (2 hours trip). Welcome reception in the Hotel Santa Cruz in the heart of the Colchagua Valley. Accommodation in this new and modern Hotel; welcome drink. Visit to the Colchagua Museum "Cardoen Fundation". Lunch in the hotel. In the afternoon visit to the Historical Museum "Casas del Huique". Before dinner, we'll have a briefing of the tour and following day, and afterwards dinner in the nice restaurant at the hotel. Overnight. (L, D)
Breakfast. During the day we will visit two well selected wineries in the Colchagua area. We will visit any of these: Bisquertt, Casa Lapostolle, Santa Laura, Santa Rita or others. In all wineries the winemaker or owner will be part of your visit; all visits include professional wine tasting. Lunch in route. In the afternoon we leave the valley to return to Santiago. Arrival to your hotel. (B,L)
Season: All year round
Based on double occupancy
Based on 2 people
US$ 440
Based on 3 people
US$ 360
Based on 4 to 5 people
US$ 330
Based on 6 to 8 people
US$ 290
Single supplement
US$ 60
Valid until March 2005


  • Round trip private transfer Santiago to Santa Cruz
  • 1 night in Hotel Plaza Santa Cruz with breakfast, lunch and dinner (based on menu without alcoholic drinks)
  • Welcome drink in Santa Cruz.
  • Bilingual speaking driver-guide and the services of wine experts from wineries.
  • All tours mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees to the Colchagua and Casas del Huique Museum in Santa Cruz.
  • Entrance fees and professional wine tasting in all wineries visited.


  • Services not mentioned in the program and extra meals or drinks - Tips - Any kind of insurance.

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