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.
 
Most wines labeled as Central Valley or Valle Central can come from anywhere within these subregions Read more »

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Viña Calina

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

  • Viña Aquitania

    In 1984, Bruno Prats and Paul Pontallier, two well-known agronomists and oenologists from Bordeau...

  • Castillo de Molina

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

  • Aresti

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

  • Viña Echeverría

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

  • Viña Maipo

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

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Central Valley on Snooth

  • Canepa Magnificvm Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Chile 2007

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Zurdo Maule Valley Chile Merlot 2016

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    I am not a Merlot fan but this wine was surprisingly complex with it being young and not spending time in the oak. Maybe? for me; Merlot needs to be steel vatted!? Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Bellflower Maule Valley Chile Chardonnay 2016

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    an un-oaked Chardonnay may appeal to a vegan: but my refined palate needs this wine to spend time in the oak. I struggled through the bottle with this wine that seemed to be bland. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Concha Y Toro Frontera Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot 2015

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    A great tasting inexpensive table wine. It is smooth very litte bite or acrid taste. I love this wine and it is a favorite table wine. Read More

    Wine review by standow1


  • Gran Reserva Merlot. Carmen 2011

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    Carmen 2011 Merlot Gran Reserva, Maipo Alta $4.99 pre-sale price, bought during the 20% sale at Grocery Outlet.This is a very nice Merlot for the price paid. Im generally not a Merlot fan, but Ive got no issues with this one, except that its not a big blockbuster and its not going to be an ager, as it has no tannins to speak of. A very smooth, e... Read More

    Wine review by Dougman


  • Gato Negro Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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    Garnet in color with very purple tones around the rim and super clear overall....modest legging on this one. Aromas of leather straight upon uncapping, with muted tobacco, cassis, hints of sweet cherry and oaked vanilla tones. Flavors are relatively fruit forward, but this one is deeper with cassis, meaty flavors, muted vanilla, and leather no... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Aoyo Carmenere Loncomilla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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    Wine review by aoyo wine


  • Vina Maipo Vitral Carmenere Reserva 2013

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    This was my second bargain pickup from a supermarket in Cabo during my vacation, it cost me 79 pesos all in, which made it about a $4.30 US wine inclusive of tax. Actually, that price was because it was on a half-off sale at WalMart. Frankly, this wine was stunningly good for the price - a smooth, fruit forward but fairly complex and intense w... Read More

    Wine review by Dougman


  • Aoyo Loncomilla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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    Wine review by aoyo wine


  • Santa Ema Merlot Reserva 2013

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    Powdery, floral and sweetly spiced on the nose with notes of cherry syrup and blueberry pie filling. In the mouth this is a bit more austere with black cherry fruit, soft clay and a smoky tannic finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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