The Cañetén Valley (Colchagua)

The vines grow in a single, uninterrupted patch located at 34°30' south and 71°30' west, 40 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean and 200 kilometers south-west of Santiago. With 580 hectares on the foothills of the Cañetén Hill, this is the largest vineyard of Colchagua's central valley.

Soil of volcanic origin: on the one hand clay sand loam components and, on the other, granite sand. The varieties grown are Cabernet Sauvignon (85%), Carmenre (5%), Syrah (4%), Malbec (1%) and Chardonnay (5%). Considering the plantations made in the early 1990s, the vineyard consists of a number of lots of 15 years on average, and another set of lots between 40 and 50 years old. The oldest vines were planted 65 years ago. Sauvignon Blanc grapes and part of Los Vascos Chardonnay are sourced from producers whose fields are located in cooler parts of the Pacific coast (Casablanca or Leyda) or on the Andean foothills (Colchagua Andes) and with whom the domaine maintains long-term contracts. The farming methods follow traditional practices. The drip irrigation system is very carefully adjusted to suit the needs of the grapevines and load adjustment chores are strictly managed in order to ensure utmost quality.

A.G. Viñas de Colchagua