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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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  • Carmenère

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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 Calina

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

  • Altair Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Viña Echeverría

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

  • Viña Aquitania

    In 1984, Bruno Prats and Paul Pontallier, two well-known agronomists and oenologists from Bordeau...

  • Castillo de Molina

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

  • Viña Haras de Pirque

    In 1991, after a highly successful business career in Chile's private sector, entrepreneur Eduard...

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  • Concha Y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Marqués de Casa Concha 2008

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    Really lasted well and developed better than the more heralded '07. Blackberry and a tart choke cherry, with spice and chocolate on the nose lead to a plate that is somewhat dry with slightly chewy tannins and balanced aciditty. Drink now Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Casillero del Diablo Rose 2015

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    A shiraz rose with a nose of cherry and raspberry with a touch of citrus. The palate is dry with supporting minerality and acidity. The finish is short. Drink now - Paul 86 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Clos Ouvert "Primavera" Maule Valley 2012

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    Originally I was going to score this an 88 but the more I think about the uniqueness of the wine I upped it a notch. Why? The combination of herbal notes - sage, cilantro, what have you, combined with coffee and bubblegum - yes, bubblegum - and dark berry fruit really stood out. It was enjoyable and easy to drink, except when you had to stop and... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Alfasi Mistico Cabernet Sauvignon Semi-Sweet 2012

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    better than any sweet wine used for Passover! That being said and the fact I do not like a "sweetened" wine I struggled through it and wondered how the Cab would have tasted without the added sugar?? Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Root 1 Heritage Red 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Concha Y Toro Carmenere Casillero del Diablo Chile 2014

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    Binny's 3/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Weird thread to revive. Twice no less!Anyhow, I suppose the OP and the other ... ... Instead of warm, sunny central valley, they tried growing grapes in cold places. One guy in particular, who makes Pinot Noir, realized that his grapes aren't always ripening in the cooler vineyards. His name is Alan Lee and he makes a wine called Siduri, as w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dry or sweet???


  • Concha Y Toro Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    The 2013 is a great value dry red table wine. Avoid the 2014, the bottles I've had were crap. Read More

    Wine review by johnm1000


  • Concha Y Toro Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    Not good, the 2013 is much better Read More

    Wine review by johnm1000


  • Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon. Cousino Macul 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by Ellen Lainez


  • 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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