Estampa, in the Colchagua Valley, prides itself on being Chile’s first winery dedicated to assemblage wines. The Estate wines are blends of two varieties, the Reserve of three, and Gold of four. LaCruz is the top wine: a blend of Carmenère, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Marchigüe vineyard.
The Colchagua Valley is bordered on either side by the Andes and the Coastal mountains. The Andes are characterised by transversal ranges which at many points connect them with the Coastal mountains. The Colchagua Valley lies between two such transversal ranges which form a basin and create a corridor for the cooling winds that alternately blow from the Pacific and the Andes. Estampa’s vineyards are in four main areas. The Estampa vineyard itself is adjacent to the winery in the heart of the valley in Palmilla, where Cabernet Sauvignon dominates. There are also two vineyards at Estación (next to the Colchagua train station after which they are named), mostly planted with Cabernet, Merlot and Viognier. The Marchigüe subregion of Colchagua has Estampa’s newest vineyards in an area with poor soils, rolling hillsides, excellent sun exposure and cooling sea breezes. These vineyards are planted with everything from Sauvignon Blanc to Petit Verdot. Finally the cool Paredones Vineyard is 10km from the Pacific ocean and planted with white grapes (mostly Sauvignon Blanc) and also some Pinot Noir and Syrah.