Maipo Valley Wine

 

Southwest of Santiago lies the Maipo Valley, arguably the most famous wine producing region in Chile and it is also one of the largest totaling over 10,000 hectares of area under vine. Though the Maipo Valley is not Chile’s oldest wine region, it is often referred to as the most traditional. Due to the areas proximity to Santiago, many of Chile’s oldest, largest, and most established wineries have found a home in the Maipo Valley including Concho y Toro, Cousino Macul, and Santa Rita.

In the Maipo Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates vine plantings – accounting for more than 50% of the wines produced, Merlot accounts for 10%. Overall, the Maipo Valley is a predominately red wine region and has an 85/15 split of red to white wines.

The Maipo Valley covers a large area of Chile spanning from the east of Santiago to the west of the Pacific Ocean. Within this area there are three sections, Alto Maipo, Central Maipo, and Coastal Maipo. Each offers its own, unique style of wine Read more »

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  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Maipo Valley View all

  • 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 Morandé

    Viña Morandé was founded in 1996 with the aim of producing innovative wines of great quality, wit...

  • Viña Maipo

    Focused in the international market and in the needs of diverse groups of consumers. Vina Maipo h...

  • Viña Aquitania

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

  • Carmen

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

  • Viña Casa Rivas

    Winemaking processes at Casa Rivas are oriented to produce Premium quality wines. To this end, ea...

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  • Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon Medalla Real Gran Reserva 2010

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    Had this with lunch at Marcello's Chophouse the other day. Beautiful little number, strong and dense Cabernet, but loads of herb and spice. Long lingering and rich finish of stewed fruit and spice...underpriced for this quality. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Carmen Petite Sirah Gran Reserva 2010

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    Very good. Red peppers and cherry. Not as much spicy black pepper as I was expecting. Read More

    Wine review by rlb4227


  • Vina Haras de Pirque Albis Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere Maipo Valley Chile 2006

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    Had this with a Thanksgiving meal the other day at Hotel Andaluz. I thought it a good, solid Cabernet Blend. Nothing fantastic, but a step upwards from some of the others I have had while dining out...Here is a review I found that says it better than I can, though I think it drinking well now...'The Wine Advocate - "The flagship 2006 Albis is a ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Santa Ema 60/40 Barrel Select 2011

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    Red fruit,some oak. Medium to full mouthfeel. A bit too acidic... Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Antiyal Kuyen Valle del Maipo Chile 2011

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    Organically grown Very perfumed on the nose with lovely ivy, floral and sweetly herbal aromas framing a core of red fruit. With air an assertively toasted oak note replaces much of the early perfume. Really smooth in the mouth, slippery even, this has a very appealing texture with flavors that shift between the peppery blue fruit of Syrah and ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Santa Alicia Carmenere Reserva 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Vina Chocalan Inspira Carmenere 2011

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    A bold nose with spice and pepper on the front end. A mouth feel of complexity. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Vina Chocalan Inspira Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    Bright floral with a good amount of aromatic citrus notes, hint of minerality, very floral. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc Select Terroir 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Cousino Macul Cab Sauv 2012

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    Interesting Maipo white made from Sauvignon Gris which is a clonal mutation of sauvignon blanc. More of the white stone fruit (not too ripe peach and pear) versus grapefruit or lemon almost Riesling like. Nice acidity, a bit of perfume similar to a roussanne but lighter. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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