AT A GLANCE:
Name of wine estate: Viu Manent
Wine region: Colchagua Valley
Standout points: Chile’s finest Malbec; antique horse-drawn carriage tours of the vineyards
Winemaker: Patricio Celedón
Wine style: New World whites and reds, with a focus on Malbec
Since its launch in 1995, Viu Manent has established itself as one of the most-visited wineries in the Colchagua Valley – hardly surprising when you consider that third-generation owner and managing director José Miguel Viu Bottini was one of the founders of the Colchagua Valley Wine Route, the most prestigious wine route in Chile. Another string to Viu Manent’s bow is its reputation for producing the best Malbec in Chile, the estate having pioneered the first 100% Chilean Malbec in the early 90s. Today, Viu Manent produces no fewer than eight wines from this old Bordeaux variety, from the estate rosé up to its icon, Viu 1. All of which makes Viu Manent an unmissable destination for anyone visiting the red wine paradise of Colchagua. Just don’t forget your toothbrush.
An emblem of Viu Manent’s visitor offering is signature horse-drawn carriage tour, which winds through the estate vineyards, stopping at the cellar, where guests can taste through wines in barrel, culminating in the award-winning visitors’ centre, taking in the Malbec Room and Cabernet Room, a tasting of five estate wines, the gift shop and the wine shop. E-bike tours among the vineyards and taking in beautiful views of the Andes Range are also available. Viu Manent even has its own Equestrian Club, offering everything from horseback tours to pony trekking for children and equine therapy classes.
For the epicurious…
More sedate pleasures abound too. Enjoy a sumptuous wine pairing menu, for example, with panoramic views of the vineyards and Apalta hills at the winery’s renowned Rayuela Wine & Grill Restaurant (NB: wines here are offered at retail prices). Or for a more hands-on gastronomic experience, pay a visit to chef-guru Pilar Rodriguez’s Food & Wine Studio. Here you can pick edible flowers and herbs in the picture-perfect studio garden and create your own contemporary Chilean menus, finally savouring your creations alongside Viu Manent wines in an intimate dining setting overlooking the vineyards.