Sunday 4 September 2016 is National Chilean Wine Day. The day was chosen because on 4 September 1545, Pedro de Valdivia, the Governor of Chile, wrote to King Charles V of Spain to ask him to send vines and wines “to evangelize Chile”. This marked the very beginning of Chilean wine production. Today, 471 years later, Chile is a major wine producer, exporting more than 824 million litres per year.
A whole range of events have been organized right across Chile in honour of this day. I’m going to feature a few of them on my blog over the next week, starting with some of the events that will be taking place in the Colchagua Valley:
There will be a stand in the main square in Santa Cruz with entertainment and many of the wineries from the Colchagua Valley will be there to offer tastings of their wines in a similar format to the annual harvest festival.
For $3,000 pesos, you can buy a tasting ticket and for $5,000 you can get a glass and a tasting ticket. The hours are Friday 2 September from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 3 September from 11.30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 4 September from 11.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Full details from the Facebook page of Viñas de Colchagua.
Several of the wineries are also offering free tours during the weekend, including the following:
Viña Ventisquero will be offering free tours at 3.30 p.m. on Saturday 3 September and at 11 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. on Sunday 4 September.
Viña Koyle will also be offering free tours on 3 and 4 September at 10 a.m., 1.30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
There are a limited number of tickets, which can be booked at email@example.com or by calling 72-2823199.
More details of events to celebrate National Chilean Wine Day coming soon. Or check out this website.
Wherever you are in the world, don’t forget to raise your glass on Chilean National Wine Day!