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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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Varietals Produced in Central Valley View all

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Vina Cremaschi Furlotti

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

  • Château Los Boldos [Vina Los Boldos]

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

  • Viña Morandé

    Viña Morandé was founded in 1996 with the aim of producing innovative wines of great quality, wit...

  • Casa Donoso

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

  • Wend-Tyler Winery

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

  • Vina Perez Cruz

    ARCHITECTURE Pérez Cruz modern installations are reflected in its winery building architecture, ...

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  • Rayun Syrah Central Valley 2010

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    This smells hugely candied on the nose with carob, sweet cardamom and Indian spice note, cola and tea accents. It is a veritable spice box. Soft and low on entry, though much drier and more precise than the nose suggests. Slowly some blackberry fruit emerges on the palate, which has some gentle sweet spice character but nothing like the nose. Th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Terra Nova Carménère 2004

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    Wine review by roboj


  • Meli Carignane Maule Valley Chile 2012

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    90% Carignane, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon My 7/8, the groups 1/8 Deep and focused on the nose with an earthy core, smoky nuance, and wild plum and wild cherry aromas. On the palate this comes off as a bit tannic and extracted, leading to a mid-palate thats a bit hollow. Darkly fruited and inelegant, this finishes with bitterness and vanilla, and wo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Meli Carignan Dueno de la Luna 2009

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    My 6/8, the groups 7/8 A bit raw and woody on the nose though with attractive violet nuances over a base of chocolate, herb and green nutty notes. Seamless on entry, with fine grained ripe tannins and nuanced tobacco, spicy plum, and oak flavors. This turns inky, bitter, and over-extracted on the backend and very clunky and chunky on the modest... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • De Martino Carignan El Leon Maule Valley Chile 2009

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    My 5/8, the groups 6/8 A touch herbal and slightly oaky on the nose with spicy black cherry fruit and hints of candied herb aromas. Bright, lean and a bit simple in the mouth. This shows off subtly mineral tinged wild red cherry fruit and red currant fruit on the palate with hints of herbs on the palate and through the moderately long finish, ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bill, have you ever come to the right place.  There are a lot of Zinfandel ... from the Lodi area in the Central Valley of California.  So, one thing I might suggest to you is to look for other Zinfandels that are made from grapes grown in Lodi.  To me the description "some good fruit" for a Zinfandel just screams Lodi.  My personal favorite Lo... Read More

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  • Cousiño-Macul Riesling Doña Isidora 2011

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    Butter, vanilla, fennel seed, toasty oak spice, baked apple and lemon curd all come together on this rather classic nose. Fairly restrained on entry, this shows some butteriness on the palate along with simple if clear flavors of apple and lots of mango. The toasty spice kicks in on the backend with a strong vein of vanilla driving the moderatel... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva de Familia 2011

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    This vineyard produces some of the best CS as a value proposition I have come accross. Their 2006 Resereva blew me away and I could not find any more. Went to get a 2010, but all they had left were 2, 2011's in a store an hour away. Got it. Same great slatey taste, not fruity at all, which I hate in a CS, good finish, but a little slight i... Read More

    Wine review by Kmetz


  • Yup, it was Mauritson, Fox.  Oh boy, fun tonight.  Staying on the Syrah topic, today's delivery included the '12 Madrone Spring, but I also picked the '12 Madrone Spring PS which I am pretty excited to try.On the Central Coast thing, I might fight you a bit on that.  I have never tried a Stolpman.  So, I really don't have a vote, there, but I do... Read More

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  • Emark, that might be Mauritson/Rockpile.  When it ships from them, it says something like Alexander Valley Winery.  I know because I just shipped a case to my wife's nephew in FL--belated wedding present. Yes, most of your best Cali Syrah is hard to get in retail establishments.  Smallish producers with dedicated lists.  OT is also my secret to ... Read More

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