Many viticulturists consider Chile the world’s most romantic wine producing region. Showcasing its natural features such as the Andes in the east, the Pacific Ocean in the west, and the Atacama Desert in the north, Chile has become an increasingly preferred destination for any wine enthusiast.
Chile is a long narrow country, roughly 4,000 km long and 175 km wide. The climate here is reminiscent of California, broadly Mediterranean, with lots of sun and Pacific breezes, with a long growing season.
The Colchagua Valley is one of Chile’s most important wine regions – it is on the verge of becoming one of the most celebrated winegrowing regions. Wine Enthusiast Magazine has named it “Wine Region of the Year” in 2005, and wine critics are also referring to this region as “The Next Napa”.
Known for its fine wine production, Colchagua Valley is the center for red wine production from Bordeaux varieties including Carmenère (nearly extinct Bordeaux variety), and most recently Syrah.
Fun Fact: If you start at the Town of Santa Cruz (Colchagua Valley) you can actually visit 10 wineries in less than 60 minutes.
Where to stay:
In the middle of the vineyards on the Tinguiririca riverbank sits Viña La Playa Winery & Hotel, the perfect wine-country escape. This classic Chilean hacienda-style property is easily accessible by car 2 ½ hrs from Santiago, Viña La Playa Winery & Hotel offers exquisite rooms with vaulted ceilings and fireplaces, along with exemplary service. Nestled among its own 250 hectares of historic vineyards, discover the secrets of La Playa Wines by taking a tour and a tasting. Dining in the main dining room you are offered international and local haute cuisine, along with La Playa wines. Recreational activities include: swimming, tennis, horseback riding, cycling, and canoeing, day trips to the valley’s other world class wineries and nightlife in the nearby city of Santa Cruz.
Discover the charm of this Chilean boutique resort, which offers a unique wine country experience.