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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Maipo Valley View all

  • Viña Nido de Aguila

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

  • Viña Santa Rita

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

  • Viña Casa Rivas

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

  • Cousiño-macul

    The Cousiño Macul winery is today governed by the sixth generation, direct descendents of its ...

  • Viña Haras de Pirque

    In 1991, after a highly successful business career in Chile's private sector, entrepreneur Eduard...

  • Vina Perez Cruz

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

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  • Viña Tarapacá Viognier Gran Tarapacá 2011

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    I didnt like white wine until I tried this..I sooo love it. Not dry, lil fruity but smooth as hell. Read More

    Wine review by caseybuddah


  • Cousiño-Macul Riesling Doña Isidora 2011

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    Butter, vanilla, fennel seed, toasty oak spice, baked apple and lemon curd all come together on this rather classic nose. Fairly restrained on entry, this shows some butteriness on the palate along with simple if clear flavors of apple and lots of mango. The toasty spice kicks in on the backend with a strong vein of vanilla driving the moderatel... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva de Familia 2011

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    This vineyard produces some of the best CS as a value proposition I have come accross. Their 2006 Resereva blew me away and I could not find any more. Went to get a 2010, but all they had left were 2, 2011's in a store an hour away. Got it. Same great slatey taste, not fruity at all, which I hate in a CS, good finish, but a little slight i... Read More

    Wine review by Kmetz


  • Santa Alicia Carménère Reserve 2009

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    Gosto muito deste vinho, e tem um ótimo preço, R$ 30,00 Read More

    Wine review by Ricardo Mayrink


  • Vina Casablanca Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Cefiro 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Kuyen Valle del Maipo 2009

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    40% Syrah, 37% cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Carmenere, 2% Petit VerdotA bit chocolaty on the earthy nose which shows lovely black currant, black raspberry, and spicy, brambly, herbaceous aromas. Theres a lightly gummy/candied element to the fruit here along with attractive balsamic and white pepper accents. A touch low in flavor on entry, though thi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Vina Aquitania Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Nose of smoke and jam. Palate of prunes and spicy notes with dark chocolate undertones. Lots of complexity with a long finish. Wife says it is reminiscent of a stinky cheese!? Read More

    Wine review by pboss


  • Cigar Box Chardonnay Reserve 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by pboss


  • Santa Ema Barrel Reserve 60-40 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Maipo Valley Chile 2009

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    Not that great. Thought it might be a good value find. Read More

    Wine review by runningbear


  • The Patriots Merlot 2011

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    Drink between 2013 to 2016 Read More

    Wine review by Mazzeo


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