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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Château Los Boldos [Vina Los Boldos]

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

  • Carmen

    Viña Carmen was founded in 1850 by Christian Lanz, who named the winery in honour to his beloved ...

  • Vinedos Torreón de Paredes

    Since its founding in 1979 in Rengo, 130 km. south of Santiago, Torreón de Paredes winery has had...

  • Viña Haras de Pirque

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

  • Vina Perez Cruz

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

  • 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

  • Sauvignon Blanc. Gato Negro 2016

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    Binny's 3/2017. Memorial Day, drained by Mary. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Hey Lefty, gotta love the viognier.  Surprisingly enough, some of my favorite viognier has come from the Central Coast, several wineries in Paso make excellent wine from this grape.  Two that come immediately to mind are Tablas and Anglim (although Anglim sources their grapes from Santa Maria Valley.  Love that white stone fruit mixed with honey... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Viognier Virgin


  • Amour, thanks for sharing the Day Wine, I'm always looking for good, little known Willamette Valley wines. Our son lives in Portland and we visit about once a year and always spend a day or more in wine country, I've put this on my to-do list.Mark, we've had the '12 Bedrock Alder Springs and my tasting notes are right in line with yours for the ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • CHEERS!Quickly to say that you have more options than you can imagine!Your Pork ... ... from Germany.MELOT from Central Valley, CHILE.CHARDONNAY from Cote d'Or, Franc Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Viña William Fèvre Espino Pinot Noir 2015

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    mild fruity hints on nose and palate, and some spices Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Wild Orchid of Chile 2013

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    I got given this bottle of wine at Christmas and do not know where my ... ... Company in that country's Central Valley in the foothills of the Andes overlooking the Pacific.It is called Wild Orchid Rose and there is a picture of a rose on the label although the wine itself is white. My research has revealed that it is made of sauvignon blanc.I... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Concha Y Toro Frontera After Midnight Red Blend Central Valle 2015

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    Light and creamy cherry and strawberry aromas with moist earth on the nose. Red fruited and expressive in the mouth, this is full of sweet spice and bright cherry and strawberry, smooth and delicate but nicely balanced with a light sticky earth on the finish that comes with a touch of tannin and more spice. Fun and fruit forward. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Viña Misiones de Rengo Carménère Rengo Cuvée 2009

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    good balance of fruits and coffee Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Viña Misiones de Rengo Merlot Rapel Valley 2008

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    nice cherry fruits Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Concha Y Toro Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Carmenere Peumo 2014

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    Floral and fresh on the nose with zesty spice and ripe red fruit notes of cherry, strawberry and raspberry along with a touch of cream. This is expansive on the palate with generous strawberry and cherry fruit preserves that border on the richness of pie filling before sloping off towards earthy oak spice, cappuccino and chocolate notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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