In Leyda, a subzone of the San Antonio Valley there is even promising Pinot Noir being produced, helping to further illustrate how diverse and productive this region of Chile is. There’s even a wine or two for geeks being produced from old vine Carignan in Maule, long consigned to use in jug wines these are turning out to be fascinating an unique additions to Chile’s vinous portfolio.
Of course a large part of the consuming public today is focused on what we term cool climate wines. With better work in the vineyard, improved clones, and a finer understanding of what happens in the cellar, regions that used to be dismissed as barely being able to ripen fruit and now prized for the crisp, pure and fresh wines they produce. There’s a lot of excitement in Chile centred around the Southern regions precisely for this reason. Itata, Bio Bio and Malleco may be little known valleys today but old vine Pais (aka Mission grapes), lots of Muscat and cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are attracting a lot of attention