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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  • 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

  • Viña Segu

    The "Segu" vineyards are located in Melozal, in the Maule Valley, 300 kilometers south of Santiag...

  • Castillo de Molina

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

  • Viña Santa Rita

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

  • J. Bouchon

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

  • Viña Tarapaca

    Viña Tarapacá Ex Zavala came into being in the nineteenth century, in 1874, and was then named "V...

  • Cousiño-macul

    The Cousiño Macul winery is today governed by the sixth generation, direct descendents of its ...

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Central Valley on Snooth

  • Morande Reserva Carmenere 2012

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    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Casillero del Diablo Merlot 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by bobvree


  • Tricky Rabbit Sauvignon Blanc Carmenere Reserva 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by hipwine


  • Depends on our definition of reasonable. QPR?Pinot fruit is more expensive to ... ... don't grow PN in the central valley because it's too hot a climate so no cheap mass production vineyards are available. With that said, Pinot Noir is one of the most misrepresented varieties on the market. It's a fickle grape that takes care to produce a good... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Searching for a Resonable...


  • Rios de Chile Carmenere Central Valley Chile 2011

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    very good Read More

    Wine review by tcrobin


  • Santa Rita Carmenere Reserva 2012

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    the upside for this wine was that it is organic, and it comes across the palate better chilled, but I would not want another bottle. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Gato Negro Cabernet-Merlot 2014

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    Drank this with some triple-meat pizza (pepperoni, sausage, and bacon). The flavors complimented well, and it was plenty good the next night as a standalone as well. One I drank was 2015, so from last year. More than happy to buy it again. Convenience note - this one has a screw top. Read More

    Wine review by rosebai21


  • Caiti 2014

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    Huge Burgundy coloration with purple/garnet hues. There is huge cherry aromas upon popping the cork and immediately after, this dissipated in favor of blueberry, blackberry, and plumy cherry. Flavors follow suit with a little more spice, albeit subtle, along with super berry flavor, vanilla bean, cocoa, and very mild caramel sweetness....aweso... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Casas Patronales Carmenere 2014

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    2014 vintage as impressive as 2013, medium to full bodied dry Chilean red with dark fruit, earth, and coffee notes, smooth finish for this price point $6 what are you kidding me all day, barefoot and yellowtail got nothing on this one, their Merlot is good too, 87 pts and six bucks at my store Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


  • Sierra Batuco Red Blend Reserva 2013

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    a pleasant taste and blend indicating the wine from Chile is becoming exceptional. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


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