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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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Carmenère

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

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 Echeverría

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

  • Aresti

    Aresti Wine of Chile is a family-owned winery that was founded in 1951, when Vicente Aresti and h...

  • 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 ...

  • Casa Donoso

    Our Guest House, an 19th Century Colonial Home, is especially designed to make your stay an unfor...

  • Viña Segu

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

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Central Valley on Snooth

  • Seraphim Valle Central Chile Pinot Noir 2014

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    a little young, should improve with age. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Cousino-Macul Merlot Central Valley 2013

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    This is nicely herbal and earthy in the nose with a hint of smoke behind the red fruit. Quite bright and fruity in the mouth, full with acidity and tart berry flavor, clean and clear and approachable. Flavors are mostly of raspberry, cherry and licorice, with streaks of cedar and cranberry as well. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • RBA, that shellfish platter looks amazing.  You would have had to roll me away after that. And one more thing - EMark, it's a screwcap!Yup, v v, that would have moved that wine way up on my list of favorites.  No corkscrew fiascoes (fiaschi?) with that one.The Mt. Eden designation really confused me on that wine, though.  I thought Mount Eden wa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • De Martino Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Organic 2013

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    Really like this one...just mellow enough that correct or not, I can see drinking it prior to most meals. Just a nice, smooth, red that hit the spot on some pretty crappy days. Def buy again. Read More

    Wine review by RenK777


  • Casa Julia Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    nice wine Read More

    Wine review by bkcovo


  • Clasico Merlot. Ventisquero 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by stachlaw


  • Didn't mention it in the Amador County thread, but on our return from ... ... the state routes through the Central Valley and down the Delta.  The route took us right through Clements, which is really the heart of Lodi wine country, and along the edge of the city of Lodi.  Here's a little map:Although Lodi is in the Central Valley, it's not as... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi


  • Denada Cellars Red Blend 2012

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    Carmenere is the overriding grape, here, as it always is.Flavors are characteristic of that verital. Dry finish. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Vina Aquitania Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Didn't care for Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Very good report, Fox. Added to my 'need to try' list...Have to admit ... around in that part of the Central Valley (yes the Sierrra Foothils would be an ameliorating influence though perhaps not quite enough) all day with Dino's 'Amore' in my mind I'm not sure what method I'd choose, but all lethal items might need to be kept from my reach. P... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Amador County 101


  • 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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