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Colchagua Valley

Colchagua Valley

(Chile)

The southernmost portion of the Rapel Valley is one of Chile’s best known wine regions and has earned much applause for its full-bodied Cabernet, Carménère, Syrah, and Malbec, and its wines regularly appear high on the world’s lists of leading wines. The majority of the wineries are concentrated in the center of the valley, although new plantations climb hillsides and explore the western frontier toward the sea.

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Region
Colchagua Valley
Country
Chile
Vineyard hectare
1,421
Soil and climate
Mediterranean climate. 592 mm (23.2 in) of rain per year. The well-known Colchagua valley contains the districts of San Fernando, Nancagua, Chimbarongo, Marchigüe and Alpata. In Chile, the land can vary a lot even within small areas such as Colchagua: here the clay soils suitable for merlot are flanked by the typical Chilean mixed soil composed of silt, limestone and sand and some soils of volcanic origin. Among the Cachapoal products that are gradually emerging are white or red blends such as Anakena Ona.
History
The Spanish conquerors were the first to cultivate the vineyard in South America and this was perhaps their only good deed. Probably the first vineyards were planted to satisfy their thirst, first in Chile in 1548 and then in Argentina in 1551. Already in the 1500s, Francisco Carabantes planted vineyards near the town of Concepción, on the coast of the central part of the country. It was a rather mediocre quality vine, País, which the conquistadors had brought with them from Spain. Probably, it is the same grape that in Argentina is called Criolla and, in California, Mission. Between 1600 and 1700, the development of viticulture was rapid, taking on great proportions. After the liberation from Spain, in 1850, cuttings were imported from Bordeaux, and thanks to the fact that this happened before phylloxera infects the European vineyards, Chile is today one of the few countries in the world that were not affected by the aphid. Moreover, protected by the eastern Andes, from the hot and sandy desert to the north, the Antarctica to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the west, Chile does not even run the risk of being infected with phylloxera in the future. The vines, infested on a free foot, are more long-lived than those grafted on American feet.
Typical dishes
If the potato is the undisputed queen, do not joke the other products of the earth such as cassava, of which we eat the tuber, and of course the tomatoes. Although at the base of the European diet, the xitomatl - this is the name with which the Aztecs called the red fruit - is in fact native of these lands and was brought to the Old Continent only in the mid-sixteenth century by the Spanish leader Hernán Cortés. Every people who came from these lands (according to some oriental scholars, the Chinese came to South America a thousand years before Columbus) brought his dishes, which remained alive in the tradition here, contrary to what has often happened in the countries of origin. . It is therefore not surprising that every visitor finds a piece of his culture in South America.

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Producer Montes
Wine type Red still
Region: Colchagua Valley
Grapes: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot
Alcohol: 14.40% by volume
Format: 0,75 l Standard
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