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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 »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Carmenère

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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 Maipo

    Focused in the international market and in the needs of diverse groups of consumers. Vina Maipo h...

  • Viña La Ronciere

    The world seccess of chilean wine has been achieved by the well known efforts of the Chilean vint...

  • Viña Casa Rivas

    Winemaking processes at Casa Rivas are oriented to produce Premium quality wines. To this end, ea...

  • Vina Perez Cruz

    ARCHITECTURE Pérez Cruz modern installations are reflected in its winery building architecture, ...

  • Viña Segu

    The "Segu" vineyards are located in Melozal, in the Maule Valley, 300 kilometers south of Santiag...

  • Altair Vineyards & Winery

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

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  • Vina Penalolen Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Had at Noah's Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Terranoble Reserva Carmenere 2012

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    Full bodied, sexy red. Pairs well with strong and/or spicy flavors. Enjoyable as a stand alone drinking wine Read More

    Wine review by goodenpd


  • Viña San Pedro Sauvignon Blanc Lontué Valley Gato Negro 2014

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    Binny's 4/2015. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Lapostolle Carmenere Casa 2012

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    Binny's 4/2015 Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Antiyal Kuyen Red 2010

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    Wine review by basil2000


  • I said it a while ago to JD:  No golf courses that require artificial ... rice in the central valley.  Who thought of that?  Crazy. Now, back to the regularly scheduled thread.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic From Santa Cruz south through...


  • Just returned from a quick trip to the Central Coast.  Visited Talley and Wolff in the Edna Valley.  Bought these:Talley Vineyards-- 2013 Bishop's Peak SLO County Pinot Noir-- 2013 Bishop's Peak Edna Valley Sauvignon Blanc-- 2013 Bishop's Peak SLO County Chardonnay-- 2012 Bishop's Peak Paso Robles "Elevation" (Bordeaux Blend)-- 2013 Oliver's Vin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • 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

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    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

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • 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


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