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...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • 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...

  • Carmenère

    History of the grape: Carmenère was once widely planted in Bordeaux’s Medoc for its deep color and unique gaminess. I...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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

  • Cousiño-macul

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

  • 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, ...

  • Wend-Tyler Winery

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

  • Altair Vineyards & Winery

    Beneath the skies of Alto Cachapoal cool breezes from the foothills of the Andes glide across roc...

  • Viña Calina

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

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  • 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


  • Reserva Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by howains


  • Reserva Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Saucignon 2015

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    Wine review by howains


  • La Palma Cabernet Sauvignon Cachapoal Valley 2006

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    Vino ligero, color a cerezas, con notas de frutilla, pimienta suave y leves notas a chocolate, de taninos suaves, astringencia media y equilibrado al paladar. Read More

    Wine review by justinov


  • Concha Y Toro Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Carmenere Peumo 2014

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    Dark, brooding and smoky aromas of black pepper spice, dusty blackberry and earthy dark chocolate. This shows more fruit on the palate, with black cherry and blackberry flavors leading the charge amidst smoky earth, zesty cinnamon and cedar box spice and a finish that's somewhat creamy and carries some charred oak and black olive notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • You have your central valley fruit and you have your coastal fruit as well. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Harvest 2016


  • Wildfires Threaten Wine Regions in California, PortugalWildfires are again ravaging California, threatening the vineyards and livelihoods of many in notable winegrowing regions. South of Carmel Valley, the Soberanes fire has been blazing since July 22, burning more than 79,000 acres. The fire is still only 60 percent contained, but has not threa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wildfires in Cali & Portugal


  • Casas Patronales Merlot 2015

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    Pretty good for the price, medium bodied dry, earthy with some dark fruit and red fruit notes, also like a hint of black coffee typical of Chilean reds. Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


  • Gato Negro Cabernet-Merlot 2014

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    This fine trip to the vineyards of deep Mexico is reminiscent of my deepest child nightmares. Hints of bathtub urine, rusty nails, and the anal seepage of a tired field worker. Pairs well with deep dungeon torture, self inflicted gun shot wounds, and nothing short than the entire Saw series This wine is like a sumo wrestler's jockstrap, aft... Read More

    Wine review by eaglebass


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