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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  • 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...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

  • 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 Casa Rivas

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

  • Altair Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Viña Calina

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

  • Vinedos Torreón de Paredes

    Since its founding in 1979 in Rengo, 130 km. south of Santiago, Torreón de Paredes winery has had...

  • Montes

    One of Chile’s most renowned winemakers – Auriello Montes Sr. – blazed the path of bringing his...

  • Viña Quebrada de Macul

    Viña Quebrada de Macul is a "boutique" winery, at the foot of the Andes, and one of the 3 remaini...

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Central Valley on Snooth

  • Chono Carmenere Reserva 2013

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    Binny's 1/31/2018. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • San Pedro 1865 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley 2014

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    Inviting aromas of black fruit and dark spice, with crushed flower petals and expressive black currant jam notes. In the mouth this is approachable, clean and fruity - full of blackberry, black currant and black cherry flavors, thick, chunky tannins and a smoky, dry and oaky finish. Good texture, balance and full fruit. Very nice. 89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • San Pedro 1865 Single Vineyard Carmenere Maule Valley 2015

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    Herbed and red fruited on the palate with notes of cranberry and red currant, fresh basil and eucalyptus. Dry and thick on the palate with full and ripe red currant and cherry, lightly medicinal with notes of Dr Pepper and a thick syrupy heft and a medium full acidity. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Tarapaca Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • This offer from Ian Cauble looks worth trying:  ATA RANGI, MARTINBOROUGH PINOT NOIR, “CRIMSON”WAIRARAPA, NEW ZEALAND 2016 It’s not news to Pinot Noir lovers that New Zealand has a few appellations capable of producing world-class Pinot Noir. Central Otago, on the south island and home to the most southerly (as in, close to Antarctica southern) v... Read More

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  • Concha Y Toro Carmenere Reserva Casillero del Diablo Chile 2014

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    Wonderful, rich and full bodied, redolent with dark berry fruits, earth, chocolate nuances. Medium chewy tannins and good acidity frame this well. Drink now - 88 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Castillo de Molina Shiraz Reserva 2009

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    Pours a slightly murky, strawberry/cherry color with rusty hues in the background, and tints of copper sediment that even finely clings to the inside of the bottle. The aromas are of blackcurrant, Earthy notes, smooth spice, French wood barrel and flavors that follow suit....dry berry, dried orchard fruit, subtle spice, dusty soil....Rustic. S... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Marqués de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Cyt M.O 2010

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    Wine review by SebastianT


  • Miguel Torres Santa Digna "Estelado" Sparkling Rose Brut NV

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Cousiño-Macul Isidora Savignon Gris 2013

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    Good flavor! Read More

    Wine review by effell


  • 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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