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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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The Curico Valley is part of the larger Central Valley appellations in Chile. It is divided into two distinct sections: The west, nearest to the Pacific, is actually warmer than the eastern inland section closer to the Andes. Normally the Pacific would have a more profound cooling effect, however, the mountainous topography in the area dissipates what would have been that cooling air current. 
 
The major wine-producing facilities, perhaps drawn to the cooler climate, are mostly located in the eastern portion. It is here that pioneering Spanish wine-maker Miguel Torres set up production in the late 1970s and brought modern viticulture to the area. Others soon followed. At the time, the region was part of the Maule Valley appellation, but became a separate entity in its own right once foreign investment began to pour in. 
 
The leading grapes in the region are Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. However, around 30 varietals are known to grow in Curico, the largest assortment in all of Chile. 
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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