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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  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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 Aquitania

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

  • 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 Nido de Aguila

    Situated in the mountains overlooking the Maipo Valley, our winery produces approximately 8,000 c...

  • Vina Perez Cruz

    ARCHITECTURE Pérez Cruz modern installations are reflected in its winery building architecture, ...

  • Viña Santa Rita

    Santa Rita was founded in 1880, by a distinguished entrepreneur of those times, Mr. Domingo Ferná...

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  • Concha Y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Marqués de Casa Concha 2009

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    " young like a baby now; will be better and more evolved come fall, winter and over the next few years. " is what WE said in 2011. Well they were wrong - after 6 years in the cellar this is just plain stupid good. Fruit - muscular but flowing, full bodied and layered with large tannins a driving acidity this last forever. Hold for 2-3 years i... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Pascal 'Limited Edition' Maipo Valley Chile Malbec 2016

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    while very young, fresh & boisterous this wine may fare better if spent time in the cellar. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Canepa Magnificvm Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Chile 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Gran Reserva Merlot. Carmen 2011

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    Carmen 2011 Merlot Gran Reserva, Maipo Alta $4.99 pre-sale price, bought during the 20% sale at Grocery Outlet.This is a very nice Merlot for the price paid. Im generally not a Merlot fan, but Ive got no issues with this one, except that its not a big blockbuster and its not going to be an ager, as it has no tannins to speak of. A very smooth, e... Read More

    Wine review by Dougman


  • Santa Ema Merlot Reserva 2013

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    Powdery, floral and sweetly spiced on the nose with notes of cherry syrup and blueberry pie filling. In the mouth this is a bit more austere with black cherry fruit, soft clay and a smoky tannic finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Viña William Fèvre Espino Pinot Noir 2015

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    mild fruity hints on nose and palate, and some spices Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Concha Y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by bobvree


  • Morande Reserva Carmenere 2012

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    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Caiti 2014

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    Huge Burgundy coloration with purple/garnet hues. There is huge cherry aromas upon popping the cork and immediately after, this dissipated in favor of blueberry, blackberry, and plumy cherry. Flavors follow suit with a little more spice, albeit subtle, along with super berry flavor, vanilla bean, cocoa, and very mild caramel sweetness....aweso... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Vina Chocalan Carmenere Seleccion 2013

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    sweet young fruits with a touch of spices and coffee Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • What about La Playa vineyards. Merlot and Cabernet

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