Central Valley Wine

Add a photo
for this region?

 

Valle Central, or Central Valley, is a large expanse of Chile that is one of the most significant wine producing regions in South America. It starts with the Maipo Valley around Santiago, all the way to the Maule Valley. There are many different types of terroirs and microclimates within it, as well as styles of viticulture from old school to modern. 
 
Valle Central is divided into four subregions, from north to south (and warmest to coolest):
*Maipo, the country’s most historic region, planted since the 16th century and home to the country’s oldest existing wineries. Closest to the capital Santiago.
*Rapel Valley, home to the famous Colchagua and Cachapoal subregions. 
*Curico Valley, pioneered in the 1970s by Miguel Torres and his disciples of modern viticulture.
*Maule Valley, one of the most prolific wine-producing regions in all of South America.
 
Most wines labeled as Central Valley or Valle Central can come from anywhere within these subregions Read more »

View More

Popular wines made in Central Valley under $20

Find local availability for these wines:Submit

Varietals Produced in Central Valley View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Carmenère

    History of the grape: Carmenère was once widely planted in Bordeaux’s Medoc for its deep color and unique gaminess. I...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Subregions of Central Valley

  • Curico Valley

    To the north of Itata, but just 200km South of Santiago, is the Curico Valley, a large, diverse...

  • Maipo Valley

      Southwest of Santiago lies the Maipo Valley, arguably the most famous wine producing regio...

  • Maule Valley

      Maule is Chile’s largest winegrowing region, with over 31 thousand hectares under vine, an...

Popular Wineries in Central Valley View all

  • Viña Haras de Pirque

    In 1991, after a highly successful business career in Chile's private sector, entrepreneur Eduard...

  • Viña Tarapaca

    Viña Tarapacá Ex Zavala came into being in the nineteenth century, in 1874, and was then named "V...

  • Viña Santa Rita

    Santa Rita was founded in 1880, by a distinguished entrepreneur of those times, Mr. Domingo Ferná...

  • CREMASCHI FURLOTTI

    The tradition of Viña Cremaschi Furlotti starts in Italy with my great-grandfather ", indicates P...

  • Altair Vineyards & Winery

    Beneath the skies of Alto Cachapoal cool breezes from the foothills of the Andes glide across roc...

  • Viña Aquitania

    In 1984, Bruno Prats and Paul Pontallier, two well-known agronomists and oenologists from Bordeau...

People getting updates on Central Valley Wine Wines

Be the first follower of this region and on your profile.

Page 1 of 219

Central Valley on Snooth

  • Why did this thread get revived?Anyway, Marilyn Merlot is hardly the worst of ... ... different regions - e.g. Central Valley and Lodi. I don't know the specific sources of their fruit in each country, but it's a more homogenized wine than the MD wines.And the next generation of the Peachy Canyon family is making wines with truly stupid and ug... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Marilyn Merlot


  • Urban Carignan 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Pleasing medium-to-big bodied red. Notes of blueberry and a little sweetness in the nose. Nicely balanced. We had this with pasta and it went very well. You could also pair this with roasted meats or fowl. Read More

    Wine review by ncmathsadist


  • Kimbao Sauvignon Blanc 2014

    Snoothrank:

    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon Medalla Real Gran Reserva 2010

    Snoothrank:

    Had this with lunch at Marcello's Chophouse the other day. Beautiful little number, strong and dense Cabernet, but loads of herb and spice. Long lingering and rich finish of stewed fruit and spice...underpriced for this quality. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Depending on traffic, shipping grapes from up near Calistoga to Yountville could take 1/2 an hour or more.  Lots of grapes have to get trucked an hour or so, although it's far from the best thing.  Some winemakers will contract with someone closer or use a custom crush facility nearer the source--Bell does this with wines they make from Oregon g... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pahrump Valley Winery (Nevada)


  • Concha Y Toro Carmenere Marques de Casa Concha 2013

    Snoothrank:

    This wine is our favorite..Our only local store that we can find it at,"Martin's" has been steadily raising it's cost in just the last month. At start, both the Frontera Cabernet and the Merlot started at $8.99. We prefer the purple label Merlot, and bought it often. It went straight to $14.99, then the Cabernet at $8.99, went to $10.99, then th... Read More

    Wine review by elobettye


  • Concha Y Toro Carmenere Marques de Casa Concha 2013

    Snoothrank:

    No written review

    Wine review by elobettye


  • Basically, they just bottle before fermentation is finished and let it continue ... produce large crops in the Central Valley. Sometimes they're included in anonymous box and jug wines but mostly they're just used to produce coloring, powdered tannins, etc. So when you have something like Earthquake Zinfandel, which is black, ripe, rich, and th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Stymie, my guess is that you did your shopping no more recently than the 1970s. ... ... probably grown in the Central Valley.  In that era the California wine industry was trying to distiguish itself.  At the same time European makers were trying to protect the geographic names of their wines.  You are right that California Sauterne was nothin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Do You Also Have Problems...


  • Used to be a pretty well regarded "competition."  Both the paper ... ... the inland area, aka Central Valley, but you hardly hear the expression Central California, since people tend to identify as coastal (and hence Central Coast) or inland.  In any case, it's not important, and wine competitions might be the only thing less interesting than ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Competition 2015


  • Valle Dorado, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008 Bright and intense garnet red with violet hues. Beautiful and sweet with aromas of ripe plums, cheries with hints of blueberries and chocolate. Good level of acidity and a tasty finish.

    Comment by 778765Saryand 778765 Saryand


1 2 3 4 5  ...  219 next




View larger map



Best Wine Deals

See More Deals »

Central Valley Wine Top Lists


Recent Forum PostsView all


Central Valley wine ratings and reviews





Snooth Media Network