Wine Tours in Chile
The primary factor that determines the superior quality of the wines from the Colchagua Valley is its special and beneficial climate, which winemakers have described as ideal. This special climatic condition is determined by a unique valley geography marked by two mountain chains that continue from the Andes Mountains toward the sea, defining its basin and forming an ideal corridor for the winds that come from the ocean and the mountains, which thermo-regulate the valley temperatures. Springtime is free of convective frosts and only very occasionally is it affected by polar type frosts during the autumn or winter, which does not affect the final quality of the grapes.
Rainfall is normally concentrated during the winter months of June through September with an average annual precipitation of 600 mm (24 inches). Rainfall is rare during the harvest season, which normally takes place between mid-February and late April (late summer and early autumn), which allows growers to wait for the ideal maturity level in each variety.
The accumulation of snow in the Andes as a product of winter rains ensures that sufficient water will be available to supplement the vineyards during the spring and summer months. The Colchagua Valley has clean, clear skies, without the smog generated in the large urban centers, which allows for perfect and ideal solar radiation.
The first and the most important geographical condition and one that characterizes the valley is the marine influence that enters through a corridor from the pacific ocean, producing an early morning mist that later gives way to clean, clear sun days. This mist acts as a moderator of temperature, which summer does not rise above 26C or 79F favoring the optimum development of the plant although is requires careful management of the vineyard to obtain the desire maturity.
The other subject for concern is the frost that burs the fruit. These frosts are cause by clear nights when the temperature drops considerably, but there are several methods which manage to control them, among them spray irrigation, propellers, helicopters, etc.
All these climate conditions have meant very appropriate for producing grapes rich in color and aroma obtaining excellent wines in the end. The cold contributed by the marine influence is the ideal condition for growing white wine grapes.
Expansive and varied Maipo Valley is nestled between two mountain ranges, the Andes and the Coastal Mountains and Chile’s capital, Santiago sits in the middle. Winemaking in the Maipo valley today ranges from tiny boutiques efforts to large-scale multimillion liter production centers, from nascent dreams to time- honored traditions, from industrial scale to biodynamic and everything in between.
It is a transversal valley that follows the course of the Aconcagua River, has a width of 3 to 4 km and is surrounded by hills that rise between 1,500 and 1,800 meters above see level. The climate semidry, high temperatures with rainfall that does not exceed 200mm annually: therefore the vines are trickle irrigated with waters from the Aconcagua River. There is no frost in spring and it has a thermal oscillation that fluctuates between 15 and 18 degrees Celsius (59 and 64 degrees F).
It is characterized by its high luminosity, between 240 and 300 clear days per year. The zone specializing in the plantation of grapes concentrated mainly in Panquehue located in the middle of the valley and boxed in on both sides by the coastal range, which shape a corridor where the north winds and the marine influence enters, contributing toward lowering the temperatures favoring the cultivation of red wines, as it permits the optimum and slow ripening of the grape.
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