Colchagua Valley Wine Route

Colchagua Valley.  The Wine Valley of Chile

Colchagua Valley. The Wine Valley of Chile

The   Colchagua Valleyis the most privileged terroir in Chile. Thus, among Chilean wines, those of this valley have reached the best scores in the most important specialized international wine & spirits magazines. The fame of Colchagua was crowned year 2003, to be nominated as the Best Viticulture Region of the World by the North American Magazine Wine Enthusiast.

The Route of Wine of Valley of Colchagua, one of the most prominent Chile wine tours, since 1997 organizes and coordinates wine tours to the best vineyards of the Valley of Colchagua.

The 14 more important vineyards of the Colchagua Valley are Bisquertt, Silva House (Casa Silva), Lapostolle House (Casa Lapostolle), South Cone (Cono Sur), Jacques & Francois Lurton, the Basques (Los Vascos), Luis Felipe Edwards, Appearance (Estampa), Mountains (Montañas), MontGras, Santa Laura, Siegel, VOE (Organic Vineyards Emiliana – Viñedos Orgánicos Emiliana) and Viu Manent. Most of them are open to public and they have incorporated infrastructure of great quality for the attention of their visitors,offering rooms for tasting, restaurants, strolls in car by the vineyards, wine stores and souvenirs shops.

Colchagua Valley in Chile

Colchagua Valley in Chile

The Train of Wine (El Tren del Vino)

The initiative belongs to the Corporation Corporation Train of Wine (Corporación Tren del Vino), formed by the Chilean Association of Conservation of the Railway Patrimony, the Cardoen Foundation, Railroads of the State, private, industrialists and the municipalities of the sector.

The Train of Wine (Tren del Vino) circulates around the Colchagua Valley, between San Fernando and Peralillo in a section of 35 miles. On board of a 607 steam locomotive, constructed in 1907, and preparing it to work with diesel engine instead of coal, its cars were completely recovered as well as the stations of San Fernando, Santa Cruz and Peralillo in where rooms will work multipurpose to spread the tourist activities, viticulture, productive, cultural and traditional of the zone.

The stations of Placilla, Nancagua and Colchagua are soon to enter the route. It is a stroll to make in one day. The tour contemplates the transfer in Metrotren from Santiago – Central station to San Fernando; here takes place the transfer to the Train of Wine. It includes tasting, a lunch in Santa Cruz and to visit some of the 14 vineyards or the museums of Colchagua and the Huique.

Attractive sites in Colchagua Valley

Vineyard located in Colchagua Valley

Vineyard located in Colchagua Valley

From Santa Cruz, an interesting stroll is the route to the house San José Museum of the Carmen of the Huique (casa Museo San José del Carmen de El Huique). This is the only supervisory house in Chile – opened to the public that can show all the original decoration.In its interior yard the aromatic palms and shrubs abound. It emphasizes figures of little animals in ceramics that climb up the trunks and the ceiling. Today it is a museum opened to the Public and carefully conserved.

Around this main body, there are ordered 16 patios of different sizes that gathered the different facilities and tasks from the life of the property. All the rooms and patios are decorated as traditions says. The dependencies have furniture in empire style, according to the tastes of the end of 1800 and beginnings of the 1900, emphasizing the Victorian style – named so, since it is inspired by queen Victoria of England -, that represented an austere and relatively shady taste. To a flank of the main patio is the Chapel that the fore door has a tower of 75 feet high crowning the main door that gives to the access esplanade. Its interior is of great beauty and singular decoration, where it emphasizes the religious art, lamps and balustrades of crystal that separate the Main Altar and choir. Also remembrance plates of the family members and their employees. There are masses Sundays and in religious celebrations 11:30 hours.

Visit also:

Colchagua station (Estación de Colchagua), declared national monument

Municipal Park former park of the Errazuriz Palace.

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