Curico Valley Wine

To the north of Itata, but just 200km South of Santiago, is the Curico Valley, a large, diverse valley with 1,484 hectares under vine. Over 30 different grape varieties can be found here, but most notably are Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah.

The valley’s modern history begins in the 1970’s when Miguel Torres first explored the area and introduced the first stainless steel tank to Chile. This encouraged a flurry of foreign investment which led to increased plantings and exploration of suitable grape varieties for the area. Curico boasts a Mediterranean climate, though it is shielded from the ocean’s influence by Chile’s coastal range.

Because of this, the conditions on the valley floor and on the Andes Mountains play an important role as the plantings are spread across these areas. Soils are composed of clay, sand, and decomposed granite which, combined with the climate, make it an ideal region for Sauvignon Blanc and powerful red wines.

– Description from Constance Chamberlain

Varietals Produced in Curico Valley View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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 Curico Valley

Popular Wineries in Curico Valley View all

  • Viña Echeverría

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

  • 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 Requingua

    Time hasn’t gone by in vain at Viña Requingua. Ever since owner Santiago Achurra and his family a...

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Curico Valley on Snooth

  • Valdivieso Merlot Lontué Valley Reserve Single Vineyard 2006

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    Very dark with earthy notes. My favorite of the Valdivieso line up. Read More

    Wine review by rar8888


  • Korta Syrah Reserve 2007

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    Extremely average. Extra Medium. Went well with mushroom pizza. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Castillo de Molina Pinot Noir Reserva 2007

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    Overwhelming flavor of Ruby Red grapefruit juice. Almost tastes like a sex on the beach. not much of a finish though. definitely an interesting experiment for $10 as I have never tasted anything like this. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Valdivieso Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Selection Reserve 2003

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    Full - Fruity Read More

    Wine review by myraswine


  • Brave Stallion Curico Valley Chardonnay 2008

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    For you hardcore Chardonnay lovers - all the buttery, oaky in your face stuff . . . this won't be for you. But if you enjoy a delicate Chardonnay that is light and flavorful with a tropical fruit aroma, this is your wine. Pairs well with seafood, cheese and simply grilled or roated poultry. And once again Brave Stallion offers an amazing val... Read More

    Wine review by Savvy Sojourner


  • Brave Stallion Curico Valley Cabernet 2008

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    This is a very nice, easy to drink Cabernet. It does not pretend to be a big, hard core California Cab; yet it is rich & well balanced. It is a great drinking wine on its own and pairs well with cheeses, burgers and light pizzas or pasta. The price point is awesome - you can afford to share it with your friends & family without breaking the b... Read More

    Wine review by Savvy Sojourner


  • San Pedro Merlot Gato Negro Chile 2008

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    I was skeptical how a wine this inexpensive would taste, but was content with it. Had this without food and it wasn't harsh, but not as smooth as the Bogle petite shiraz. Read More

    Wine review by geoffgarcia


  • Aurelio Montes Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

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    a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Probably the best "value" wine I've ever tasted. Perfume, chocolate cherries on the nose, black cherry fruit reduction taste with an espresso finish. Delicious and exciting. Read More

    Wine review by thebrokewino


  • Miguel Torres Gran Reserva 2000

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    No written review

    Wine review by FernandoCabada


  • Aresti Gewürztraminer Estate Selection 2007

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    I tried this wine for Thanksgiving dinner. I always like Gerwurztraminer w/Thanksgiving food but this one was way too dry and lacked Gerwurtz's characteristics. It seemed to have been blended heavily with sauvignon blanc, the signature white varietal of Chile. Just disappointed. I will stick with Alsatian gerwurtztraminers or German ones. Read More

    Wine review by CarLess


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