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

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  • Carmenère

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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  • Castillo de Molina

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

  • Viña Echeverría

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

  • Montes

    One of Chile’s most renowned winemakers – Auriello Montes Sr. – blazed the path of bringing his...

  • Aresti

    Aresti Wine of Chile is a family-owned winery that was founded in 1951, when Vicente Aresti and h...

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  • Montes Alpha Syrah Cardboard 2007

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    Wine review by BillReddy


  • Montes Alpha Syrah Cardboard 2007

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    very nice, sweet yet dry Read More

    Wine review by cyetka


  • Viña Santa Rita Merlot Rapel Valley 120 2008

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    Not sure about this wine. I tried it the first glass on one day and liked it. Then the next night (sealed as I normally do with my wine) and it was a totally different wine - not in a good way. I have a second bottle to try again but with so many other good buys out there I am not inclined to put this on the to buy again list.And had the second ... Read More

    Wine review by anstett


  • San Nicolas 'Sophia' Cab 2007

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    on price this is a suprise. the benefit to a good wine from Chile is the suprising taste for the value and this does not dissapoint. this is a producer to keep your eye on as I am sure there will be interesting things ahead!!!! a must try and a good introduction if you have never tried a a wine from Chile! Read More

    Wine review by wine o new york


  • Miguel Torres Gran Reserva 2003

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    Spectacular cabernet sauvignon. wonderful color, soft to the palate, but long aromas and great balance. Read More

    Wine review by vino argentino


  • Aurelio Montes Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

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    Wine review by dombac


  • 58242 Echeverria Sauvignon Blanc 2009

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    I first tried this in-store, out of a little plastic cup, on a Friday night after a long week of grueling officework. I was not expecting to like a sauvignon blanc anything. I wanted red. Then this aroma -- a vegetable aroma, but very crisp, fresh, hit my nose. I tasted. At first, "pear" appeared ... but no. It's green pepper picked fresh from t... Read More

    Wine review by calleighpat


  • Miguel Torres Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Vale Do Curico 2000

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    Wine review by FernandoCabada


  • 58242 Echeverria Sauvignon Blanc 2009

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    One of the best sauvignon blanc values on the market. This and the fournier sauvignon blanc are the best under $10. Read More

    Wine review by JNazarian


  • Sierra Grande Merlot 2007

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    Deep colour, ripe plum and berry fruit aromas. Warm and supple on the palate with rich fruit and soft tannins. The wine has a silky texture with juicy upfront fruit and followed through with a good tannic backbone, black liquorice and berry fruit to finish. Enjoy with a good steak or piece of rare lamb. This wine definitely goes on the 'must hav... Read More

    Wine review by peterevans


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