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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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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

  • CREMASCHI FURLOTTI

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

  • Viña Segu

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

  • Viña Echeverría

    I have fallen in LOVE with the reds out of this vineyard in the Cohchugua Valley of Chile. Their ...

  • Viña Calina

    Viña Calina is situated atop a gentle slope overlooking the northern Maule Valley midway between ...

  • Castillo de Molina

    Castillo de Molina a reserve wine with an excellent history of quality and innovation that invite...

  • Viña Santa Rita

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

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  • Garage Wine Co Perverso NV

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Of course the headline in the paper was flooding will not end drought. I know ... in the Summer and Fall. The Central Valley is a desert. Diverting water there to make it farmland has more to do with our drought than how much rainfall we get or don't get. But I digress. What really surprises me are the number of homes along the river that have... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Vina Haras de Pirque Albis Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere Maipo Valley Chile 2006

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    Had this with a Thanksgiving meal the other day at Hotel Andaluz. I thought it a good, solid Cabernet Blend. Nothing fantastic, but a step upwards from some of the others I have had while dining out...Here is a review I found that says it better than I can, though I think it drinking well now...'The Wine Advocate - "The flagship 2006 Albis is a ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Santa Ema 60/40 Barrel Select 2011

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    Red fruit,some oak. Medium to full mouthfeel. A bit too acidic... Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Rios de Chile Carmenere Central Valley Chile 2011

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    Beef and gently vegetal on the nose this reminds me of beef stew on the nose with soft shadings of wild berry fruit and wild mushrooms adding detail. Soft and a bit fat in the mouth, theres a nice bed of savoriness covered by the dense and slightly chewy fruit here. Toasty accents and dark fruit saturate the palate with modest tannins and incons... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Korta Carmenere Barrel Selection Reserve Lontue Valley Chile 2010

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    A bit of mushroom on the nose shows the evolution here but this does offer up a fairly complex array of toasted oak, tarry, and gently spice aromas that include hints of green fennel seeds and black cherry and currant fruit. Smooth and polished in the mouth, this retain quite robust black cherry and black currant fruit on the palate with a rich ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cefiro Reserva Carmenere Vina Casablanca 2012

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    A bit tight on the nose with an early hint of minerality followed by black currant and black cherry aromas that are trailing notes of dried thyme, wood smoke, and a hint of clove. Moderately rich in the mouth and well structured, this shows off some well integrated yet firm wood tannins , though it does seem just a touch soft, or perhaps a bit t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Santa Carolina Carmenere Reserva de Familia Valle del Rapel Chile 2012

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    Lovely aromas of dried and braised herbs greet the nose along with layers of toasty and slightly nutty oak, dried mushroom, and very rich and pure currant fruit with a hint of purple plum as a top note. Smooth and to a degree quite restrained considering the aromatics. this is classically structure with some firm but well measured tannins focusi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • It depends on your objective... does that include fine wine, or does it merely ... in winter.  Yes, the Central Valley is hot-hot... even the northernmost end of it.If you are serious about growing these grapes for wine (popular in Argentina, mostly), you may wish to move up about 600 meters in altitude from the city proper which is pretty clo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Torrontes grapes


  • If you've spent any time with any crop growing and harvesting you'll ... while driving I5 through the Central Valley last June--rows of grape vines covered in plastic sheeting.  This was near Bakersfield, and I suspect that they were table grapes, but Mrs. EMark and I could not recall ever seeing that before.  Our best guess is that it was som... Read More

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  • 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.

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