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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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Wend-Tyler Winery

    Wend-Tyler Winery is owned and operated by David and Suzanne Tyler of Modesto, California. We sta...

  • 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 Casa Rivas

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

  • Casa Donoso

    Our Guest House, an 19th Century Colonial Home, is especially designed to make your stay an unfor...

  • J. Bouchon

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

  • CREMASCHI FURLOTTI

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

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Central Valley on Snooth

  • Tonight I attended our second tasting of Chilean wines at the Crystal City Wine ... ... Sauvignon Blanc from Central Valley, the El Delirio Reserva Chardonnay-Viognier blend from Central Valley, the Codorniz Carmenere from Central Valley and the El Delirio Reserva Syrah-Malbec blend from Maule Valley.  They were all very nice and as such I bou... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chilean Wines - Have you...


  • DM, let me start with your #2  Cult Napa Cabs.This thread got my curiosity going as to the most expensive Cali cabs - who they are and how much they cost. This is a wine-searcher article last updated this month showing the names and average bottle price over several vintages. Have to say that I have not had a taste of a single one of these wines... Read More

    Forum post in the topic High End Cabernet Sauvignon


  • Gato Negro Chardonnay 2014

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    Crisp and sharp flavors of citrus in every sip. Not bad for the price. Read More

    Wine review by Khriz


  • Oak Ridge Ancient Vine Zinfandel 2012

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    Very smooth with blackberry and raspberry jammy flavors. Very easy to drink alone or pairs well with dark chocolate. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Cousiño-Macul Isidora Savignon Gris 2013

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    A bit muted, this has a bit of petrol and lemon notes on the nose. In the mouth there's more of a showing of fruit, with juicy nectarine and peach flavors taking the lead and mellowing into a citrusy acidity on the finish.87 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Anakena White Blend Rapel Valley Ona Viognier Riesling Chardonnay 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by smuratore


  • Vina Maipo Syrah Limited Edition 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by waterbased


  • Seraphim Valle Central Chile Pinot Noir 2014

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    a little young, should improve with age. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Cousino-Macul Merlot Central Valley 2013

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    This is nicely herbal and earthy in the nose with a hint of smoke behind the red fruit. Quite bright and fruity in the mouth, full with acidity and tart berry flavor, clean and clear and approachable. Flavors are mostly of raspberry, cherry and licorice, with streaks of cedar and cranberry as well. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Santa Rita Organic Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    for a "Cab" it is not too bad, even tho the wine tastes a bit harsh, i am still enjoying the bottle....best served at room temperature Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


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