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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  • 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...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Aresti

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

  • Viña Requingua

    Time hasn’t gone by in vain at Viña Requingua. Ever since owner Santiago Achurra and his family a...

  • Castillo de Molina

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

  • Château Los Boldos [Vina Los Boldos]

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

  • J. Bouchon

    A winery without a past is like a wine without character. At J. Bouchon, above all else, we belie...

  • 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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  • CHEERS!Quickly to say that you have more options than you can imagine!Your Pork ... ... from Germany.MELOT from Central Valley, CHILE.CHARDONNAY from Cote d'Or, Franc Read More

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  • Viña William Fèvre Espino Pinot Noir 2015

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    mild fruity hints on nose and palate, and some spices Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Wild Orchid of Chile 2013

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    I got given this bottle of wine at Christmas and do not know where my ... ... Company in that country's Central Valley in the foothills of the Andes overlooking the Pacific.It is called Wild Orchid Rose and there is a picture of a rose on the label although the wine itself is white. My research has revealed that it is made of sauvignon blanc.I... Read More

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  • Concha Y Toro Frontera After Midnight Red Blend Central Valle 2015

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    Light and creamy cherry and strawberry aromas with moist earth on the nose. Red fruited and expressive in the mouth, this is full of sweet spice and bright cherry and strawberry, smooth and delicate but nicely balanced with a light sticky earth on the finish that comes with a touch of tannin and more spice. Fun and fruit forward. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Viña Misiones de Rengo Carménère Rengo Cuvée 2009

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    good balance of fruits and coffee Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Viña Misiones de Rengo Merlot Rapel Valley 2008

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    nice cherry fruits Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • 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

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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


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