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...

  • 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...

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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 Santa Rita

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

  • Carmen

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

  • Vina Perez Cruz

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

  • Viña Nido de Aguila

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

  • Cousiño-macul

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

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  • Altum Shiraz. Terramater 2010

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Vina Aquitania Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    The classic Macul Cabernet. Macul is a region in Chile's Maipo Valley, up in the foothills of the Andes. Cassis, red pepper and dried herbs. This is a wonderfulll elegant Cabernet Sauvignon. A nice change of pace from many of the Chilean Cabernet's which are far from elegant and go for largess over style. Read More

    Wine review by JakePip


  • Cousiño-Macul Sauvignon Blanc 2010

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    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Concha Y Toro Casillero del Diablo Reserva Privada Cabernet Syrah 2011

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    The presence of the fruit is remarkable thanks to the lively acidity, allowing notes of blackberries, cassis and figs to flourish. The tannins are strong but thanks to the barrel aging they end being round and long. The end palate is complex with flavors of the barrels like brown sugar and spices.Owing to the blend, this wine is versatile for fo... Read More

    Wine review by BRUNOHOEPERS


  • De Martino Nuevomundo Reserva Estate Bottled 2007

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    Solid fruit. With Cab & Malbec, it's of French inspiration, but w/ a nice South American spice. Not super oaky. Acidity is on point. Maybe a little astringent. Organic grapes is a nice plus/selling point. Read More

    Wine review by ExRetailer75


  • Cigar Box Cabernet Reserve 2010

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    Wine review by Kristian


  • The Patriots Merlot 2011

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    Ripe fruits aroma is not so pungent like in regular merlot, also a good amount of acidity makes this merlot mild and round, without alcohol in flavor. Hints of dark chocolate, a bit earthy with pepper at the end. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Antiyal Alto del Maipo Valley 2011

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    56% Carmenere, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% SyrahBlack plums framed with pencil shavings and some fresh herbs and nettles dominate the nose though a nice undercurrent of strawberry-rhubarb compote adds depth and complexity here. Big, smooth and frankly a bit taut in the mouth, this combines richness with grace as it gently floats across the palat... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cousiño-Macul Sauvignon Blanc 2010

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    A fair amount of toasty oak greets the nose along with lots of dried herb character and black currant fruit. This is smooth and fairly opulent in the mouth with a nice base of rather well managed tannins and good acidity that supports lots of plummy and black currant fruit. This turns a bit extracted and bitter on the long finish. This has a cer... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Viña Maipo Red Bordeaux Blend Rapel Valley Cabernet-Merlot 2010

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    Wine review by wojtekidd


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