Explore the area at your leisure. There are numerous wineries you can visit which are particularly known for the calibre of their reds. There are several attractive small villages to stop at along the way, such as Lolol, and an abundance of good restaurants.
Within the Colchagua Valley almost all roads are paved single carriageway and driving conditions are relatively straightforward, with good signposting, and fuel available in main towns. Overall, the roads are very scenic with views of the Andes and vineyards along the way.
Most vineyards and wineries in the Colchagua Valley welcome visitors and offer winery tours. This usually includes a short tasting session (Designated driver please note: Chile has zero-alcohol tolerance laws). One or two vineyards offer restaurants.
Viu Manent winery (6.5km from Santa Cruz) founded in 1935, is one of our favourites. You could easily while away an afternoon in charming surroundings. Casa Lapostolle winery is a large estate just outside Santa Cruz where prestigious Clos Apalta wine is produced. The winery is an ultra-modern, state-of-the-art operation and well worth a visit. Its setting, with a fabulous panorama over the vineyards, is especially memorable.
Santa Cruz winery, 25km from Santa Cruz, is different again. With its cable car, observatory and a museum whose exhibits include replica Easter Island moai heads, its more light-hearted approach makes it a good choice for novices. Malbec, Cabernet and Carmenère are made here.