Central Valley Wine

 

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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  • Carmenère

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Château Los Boldos [Vina Los Boldos]

    Los Boldos occupies a 250ha site in one of Chile’s finest viticultural areas – Cachapoal Andes...

  • Castillo de Molina

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

  • Viña Calina

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

  • Viña Echeverría

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

  • Viña La Ronciere

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

  • Cousiño-macul

    The Cousiño Macul winery is today governed by the sixth generation, direct descendents of its ...

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  • Concha Y Toro Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Carmenere Peumo 2014

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    Floral and fresh on the nose with zesty spice and ripe red fruit notes of cherry, strawberry and raspberry along with a touch of cream. This is expansive on the palate with generous strawberry and cherry fruit preserves that border on the richness of pie filling before sloping off towards earthy oak spice, cappuccino and chocolate notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Casas del Bosque Carmenere Reserva 2015

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    Breezy and light on the nose, with the slightest touch of a green note but raspberry, red currant and cherry fruit taking the lead. Quite light and cheerful on the palate, this brings candied cherry and mixed berry fruit, bright acidity and an earthy finish of dark chocolate. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Casillero del Diablo Carmenere Reserva Central Valley Chile 2015

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    Nicely herbed aromas of green pepper alongside ripe cherry and strawberry aromas and a touch of black pepper spice. This is fresh and lively on the palate, good acidity with tart red fruit flavors of cherry and cranberry, medium-full bodied with a finish of earthy chocolate and black coffee. Read More

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  • Cono Sur Bicicleta Carmenere Central Valley Chile 2015

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    Dusty and herbal, this shows a lot of spunk with red fruit aromas of cranberry, strawberry and cherry. Lots of character and a bold presentation in the mouth, this is smoky and earthy with chewy tannins and chunky black fruit showing nicely on the mid palate culminating in a dark chocolate and espresso on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Morande Reserva Carmenere 2012

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    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Tricky Rabbit Sauvignon Blanc Carmenere Reserva 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by hipwine


  • Depends on our definition of reasonable. QPR?Pinot fruit is more expensive to ... ... don't grow PN in the central valley because it's too hot a climate so no cheap mass production vineyards are available. With that said, Pinot Noir is one of the most misrepresented varieties on the market. It's a fickle grape that takes care to produce a good... Read More

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  • Rios de Chile Carmenere Central Valley Chile 2011

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    very good Read More

    Wine review by tcrobin


  • Santa Rita Carmenere Reserva 2012

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    the upside for this wine was that it is organic, and it comes across the palate better chilled, but I would not want another bottle. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Gato Negro Cabernet-Merlot 2014

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    Drank this with some triple-meat pizza (pepperoni, sausage, and bacon). The flavors complimented well, and it was plenty good the next night as a standalone as well. One I drank was 2015, so from last year. More than happy to buy it again. Convenience note - this one has a screw top. Read More

    Wine review by rosebai21


  • 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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