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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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Carmen

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

  • Viña Quebrada de Macul

    Viña Quebrada de Macul is a "boutique" winery, at the foot of the Andes, and one of the 3 remaini...

  • Viña Tarapaca

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

  • J. Bouchon

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

  • Cousiño-macul

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

  • Viña Aquitania

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

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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

    Forum post in the topic Greetings Snoothlings...


  • We've got to use our water more wisely throughout the state.  One ... ... likely on the coast, but the Central Valley could suffer from them).  Planting rice, cotton and almond trees in the desert is pretty crazy, and wouldn't make economic sense if it weren't for our screwy water pricing policies and our particular legal precedents involving ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2014 Growing Season has begun


  • Santa Alicia Carménère Reserve 2009

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    Gosto muito deste vinho, e tem um ótimo preço, R$ 30,00 Read More

    Wine review by Ricardo Mayrink


  • Oveja Negra Winemakers Selection Cabernet Syrah 2011

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    Wine review by gntop1


  • Emark,I saw your post on another thread re: Qupe, and Foxy's post as well.  I wanted to comment that I tasted them years ago at Rhone Rangers, and lauded the syrah as excellent.  But then I visited the Los Olivos tasting room, and was not impressed.  It  seems they were not regularly pouring  the one they poured at RR. Here is my excerpt from th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Amukan Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2012

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    Wine review by puhnner


  • Vina Casablanca Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Cefiro 2009

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    Wine review by martins2002


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