Colchagua

 

Colchagua, of the original voice Colchahuala is a mapuche word that means “place where it nests the Huala”, a bird sacred of this village, was originally inhabited by the indian chiquillanes, members of the Mapuche.

The Colchagua Valley wine region is located in a narrow agricultural valley formed by two spurs of the Andes mountain range, that is to say, two continuous chains of hills to the north and on the south. This is an ideal corridor for winds between the mountains and the sea that regulates the valley’s temperatures.

The Colchagua Valley has a temperate Mediterranean climate, with four seasons that are opposite of the northern hemisphere. Average temperatures in summer range from 12° – 28° C and during the winter vary between 4° – 12° C.

This type of climate, characterized by hot and dry summers and cold and rainy winters, creates the necessary thermal oscillation for the growth of the vines.

The Colchagua Valley has received global recognition for the indisputable quality of its wines. The American magazine, Wine Enthusiast, named Colchagua “Star Wine Region of the Year Award 2005,? recognizing it as the best wine growing region in the world.