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.
 
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  • 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...

  • 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 Maipo

    Focused in the international market and in the needs of diverse groups of consumers. Vina Maipo h...

  • Viña Calina

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

  • Carmen

    Viña Carmen was founded in 1850 by Christian Lanz, who named the winery in honour to his beloved ...

  • Altair Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Viña Quebrada de Macul

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

  • Viña Echeverría

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

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  • 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


  • This was dinner on Saturday night with friendsStarted with a platter of Salami, Jamon, and assorted pickled/dried vegiesThe Charles Orban Blanc de Blanc was excellent according to the ladiesThe 2010 Pewsey Vale Contours Riesling was an excellent maturing Riesling from the Eden Valley in SA and showed that under screw cap we are not seeing the fl... Read More

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  • Did you say it was on Fox, Stephen? They're particularly skimpy with ... ... '90s, starting with the Central Valley then moving towards Napa. So some lazy, half-assed Fox reporter didn't do any research and just recycled an old story, trying to make it topical by tying it into the ever-popular drought context, it would seem.Isn't common wisdom... Read More

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  • Lapostolle Carmenere Grand Selection Casa 2012

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    Glad I let this one sit for awhile. Medium bodied with dark berry fruits, chocolate, earth and chewy tannins with good acidity. Drink now - 88 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Can do for AustraliaThe key components for wine are as followsGrape Cost ... ... Gallo's big winery in Central Valley]Winery overheads including depreciation wage costs chemicals electricity etc etc ranges from $0.35/litre in the big wineries to $4+ in the small wineriesOak if used - French Oak 330 Litre Barrel is around $1,500/barrel dependin... Read More

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  • Santa Ema Reserva Merlot Maipo Valley 2013

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    Wine review by effell


  • Casillero del Diablo Carmenere Concha Y Toro 2013

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    The wine in the bottle is not what it was 2 years ago. This has grown and morphed in to a BIG Carmenere. Large dark berry fruit, red plum, oak, medium tannins and matching acidity. In good years this is always better after 2-3 in the bottle. 90 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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