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Chile MTB Tour - Wine Regions

Custom Dates: November - January, March - April

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Duration: 6 Days, 5 Nights Custom Options Abound.
Location: Colchagua Valley, Chile
Price starting at: $3895.00 USD (does not include airfare)
Program Type: Multisurface Cycling; Lodge Based; Educational
Meals: All Inclusive.

Chile's Premier Wine Valley on Two Wheels

Rolling Oenology and Spanish Language Edventure

OVERVIEW

Immerse yourself in Castillian Spanish and the Lush Wine Valleys of Central Chile

The Colchagua Valley is the premier wine country destination in the wine producing region of central Chile.  Rothschild, Viu Manent, Santa Alicia, Emiliana, Errazuriz, Estampa, Neyen, Cono Sur, Marchigue, Los Vascos, Casa Lapostolle, Santa Cruz, Montes, Las Niñas, Mont Gras, the valley's pedigree is delectable.

Your bicycle edventure will take in a history-filled thread of paved and hardpack dirt and paved backroads through the Colchagua Valley and some of the loveliest central valley landscapes. The route we have planned will take us through several fine vineyards and visit interesting cultural sites in the Colchagua region.

If you imagined tipping back a nice cab while rolling down the byway, well, that's not going to happen.  What will happen are regular interpretive talks by your instructors, bringing the story behind the scenery to life.  With dinner we can sample the viticulture of the region.

Background

The basic trip is a 6 day cycling itinerary, however 3, 4 and 5 day options are also available for organized groups.  Our cycling trip will provide you with a fully-supported educational adventure.  Your bi-lingual hosts will guide you through the history of wine production in the country and the region while you roll between and through the verdant vineyards of the vintners of this area.  The route we have prepared for you will allow you to explore the interesting landscapes of the Central Valley and the Coastal Range.  Each day we will visit two or three different vineyards and tour at least one of them.  We will gather a selection of local wines for opening with our evening meal.

Sample Edventure Itinerary

Day 1 :  Bike Fitting. Transfer to San Fernando.  Riding through Tinguiririca River valley of the Colchagua wine country. Placilla, Nancagua, and Santa Cruz Sub Regions.

Day 2 : Santa Cruz, Palmilla and Peralillo Sub-Regions.  Backroad riding to Vineyards and Museums.

Day 3 : Santa Cruz toward the Coast today. Hill Country, Ganaderia, Grains, Orchards and Woodlands. Valle de Los Artistas.

Day 4 :  Morning ride in Las Niñas vinyard with picnic lunch. Tasting at Las Niñas Vineyard.

Day 5 :  To Boyeruca and Llico on the Coast.

Day 6 : Local riding in Llico - National Parks and Lago Vichuquen.  Return to Santiago.

PLEASE CONTACT US FOR A MORE DETAILED ITINERARY.

Combine this tour with our Summit to Suds Bike Edventure that follows the next week!

EDUCATION

Your study will take in a select profile of grape and wine producers and you will learn about Chile's talent and dedication to fine wine production. Hosted by a talented guide, natural historian, and Spanish Language instructor, your adventure will be brimming with skills acquisition.

Your course is also aimed at immersing you and instructing you in the Spanish of Chile, a nuanced and well-preserved version of classic Castillian Spanish.  Your vocabulary, verb usage, and comprehension will be central to the immersion module. We apply both a conversational and a tool-using approach, along with great usage and pronunciation coaching.  Chile is the perfect classroom.

CURRICULUM --  Colchagua Valley and the Tinguirririca River Drainage: A Premier Grape and Wine Producing Region of Chile Region: Central Valley Geography;  Chile's Agricultural Prowess; Irrigation Engineering past and Present;  Chilean Gastronomy; Oenology and Viticulture in Chile;  Spanish Immersion:  Conversation, Comprehension, and Usage; Local Toponymy; Pre-Historic Perspectives of Chile; Native Plants and Invasives; Chilean Huaso Culture; Post-earthquake issues for this hard-hit region.

More Information on the Colchagua Valley

Located between 34 and 35 degrees South Latitude, and bounded by the Cachapoal and Maule Valleys on the North and South is the Valley of the Tinguirririca River.  This is the famed Colchagua Valley of Chile.  It has an extent of approximately 500,000 hectares (1,235,000 acres) and is subdivided into 10 municipalities: Chimbarongo, Placilla, Chepica, Nancagua, Santa Cruz, Palmilla, Peralillo, Lolol, Pumanque, Marchigue, and San Fernando, the provincial capital. Wines produced from grapes grown in these municipalities can be claimed as having Colchagua Valley appellation of origin. Mountain chains clearly define Colchagua’s borders with the provinces of Cachapoal to the north, Curicó to the south, Argentina to the east. The Pacific Ocean lies to the west. Colchagua is one of the three provinces that comprise Chile’s VI Region, “The Region of O’Higgins” named for the famed Chilean liberator Bernardo O’Higgins.

The primary economic activity in this area is agriculture, and viticulture plays a very important role in the region, with 23.000 hectares (56,800 acres) planted to wine grapes, making it Chile’s second largest appellation in terms of surface area planted, and the first in terms of fine French varieties, such as Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Malbec, and Syrah.

Other major agricultural activities include the production of fresh fruit, such as table grapes and plums. The primary annual crops are corn and wheat, and livestock, principally lamb and alpaca. Due to the steady increase in the popularity of Chilean wines this region enjoys a very low unemployment rate, at 3%, well below the national average.

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  • I discovered your Chile’s Premier Wine Valley on Two Wheels through the Famous Colchagua Valley and I am really interested in finding out more about it. I will be calling.

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