Heading out of Residencia Historica and the town of Marchihue this morning, we will ride east along mostly flat roads toward Estampa for a tour and tasting.
With a rich history dating back over a century, Estampa is the first winery in Chile dedicated to ensemblaje (blend) wines. Their Del Viento Sauvignon Blanc blend does particularly well, in local and international media, and was included in a tasting piece by British wine writer Jancis Robinson. The winery was designed by local architect Claudio Blanco, and features a swooping, avant-garde design, which houses cutting-edge winemaking equipment. Since 2015, they have been experimenting with 17 additional Italian.
Afterwards we will bike along the same route to Viu Manent for a delicious wine-paired lunch. Viu Manet was founded in 1935 by the Viu family. Viu Manent wines have won several awards, including Gold Medal distinction at the 2011 Catador W Santiago Wine Awards for their Gran Reserva Malbec (2010), Secreto de Viu Manent Sauvignon Blanc (2011), and Secreto de Viu Manent Syrah (2010).
Then, hop back on your bike to the sub-valley of Apalta, where we find Neyen. This winery was founded on the site of one of the region’s oldest wineries, with construction and vines dating back to 1890, original Bordeaux stock, in the Apalta valley. Their old vines have deep roots, and require no irrigation. Winemakers take a hands-off approach to the grapes, until it is time to harvest. Their blend consists of Carménère, which they believe gives it structure, and the Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds vibrancy.
Spend the night at the Noi Blend Colchagua hotel.