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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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 Santa Rita

    Santa Rita was founded in 1880, by a distinguished entrepreneur of those times, Mr. Domingo Ferná...

  • Viña Haras de Pirque

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

  • 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...

  • CREMASCHI FURLOTTI

    The tradition of Viña Cremaschi Furlotti starts in Italy with my great-grandfather ", indicates P...

  • Viña La Ronciere

    The world seccess of chilean wine has been achieved by the well known efforts of the Chilean vint...

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  • It depends on your objective... does that include fine wine, or does it merely ... in winter.  Yes, the Central Valley is hot-hot... even the northernmost end of it.If you are serious about growing these grapes for wine (popular in Argentina, mostly), you may wish to move up about 600 meters in altitude from the city proper which is pretty clo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Torrontes grapes


  • If you've spent any time with any crop growing and harvesting you'll ... while driving I5 through the Central Valley last June--rows of grape vines covered in plastic sheeting.  This was near Bakersfield, and I suspect that they were table grapes, but Mrs. EMark and I could not recall ever seeing that before.  Our best guess is that it was som... Read More

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  • Historically, agricultural pickers of any product are paid by volume (boxes of ... is nothing like over in the Central Valley (would be interesting to see all Gallo's figures), or even at many other places producing 'fine' wines, but it is apparently a lot more than usual for that winery. The people I was working briefly with in the Pinnacles ... Read More

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  • Concha Y Toro Carmenere Marques de Casa Concha 2013

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    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Chilensis Carmenere Reserve 2012

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    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Purging Rosenblums from my inventory This one starts out OK--a hint of ... ... low-dollar Zins from the Central Valley. Sorry if that offends anybody.Well, the good news is that I have pulled this one out of the cellar, and that makes room for some Bedrock or Mauritson next month..  So, I'm a happy camper.  &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Oh dear, more good French wines well under $20, even after import across the Atlantic. I'm liking Chambers Street more and more, the more I visit their offerings. These guys seem to understand wine in ways that I do and like. In their essay below there's a link to a current Asimov article on Muscadet. It's also well worth jumping to and reading.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Santa Alicia Carmenere Reserva 2012

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • To me this is weird.A few years back I used to participate in the annual 'Togenkyo Marathon' up around the border of Nagano and Yamanashi prefectures, mountainous areas to the west of Tokyo. Already well into my office lifestyle I only attempted the 10k event, and that was plenty. Beautiful area, especially since the timing was when all the peac... Read More

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  • Sobon Estate Zinfandel Cougar Hill Vineyards 2011

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    Spicy, earthy, and balsamic on the nose with layers of sour plum, beef, mineral and black fruit aromas. the black fruit takes center stage in the mouth as well, along with lovely floral and spice accent notes. This is juicy with some plum skin/ black cherry fruitiness that leads to a rich of modest and slight tannic finish. 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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