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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Viña Tarapaca

    Viña Tarapacá Ex Zavala came into being in the nineteenth century, in 1874, and was then named "V...

  • Garage Wine Company

    The Garage Wine Co. began spiritually and physically in the Mossman-Miranda garage in 2001. It ...

  • Carmen

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

  • Viña Haras de Pirque

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

  • Viña Santa Rita

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

  • Vina Perez Cruz

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

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  • Cousino-Macul Finis Terrae Chile 2008


    Love it...nice, smooth and velvety Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Cousino-Macul Isidora Sauvignon Gris 2012


    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

  • I sure hope I'll be able to work out this crick in my neck after viewing ... ... with a splash of Maipo Valley sauvignon gris.  (I'm not really drinking alone, the neighbors are home).&nbs Read More

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  • Penalolen Sauvignon Blanc. Clos Quebrada de Macul 2013


    Intense aromas of green herbs, jalapeno, gooseberries and pineapple greet the nose. This has a lot of trapped CO2 so it comes off as a little sparkling at first, which is not at all attractive on a hot day with a well chilled bottle. The fruit here shows nice detail recalling the pineapple and lime from the nose with a touch of mango thrown in a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Penalolen Sauvignon Blanc. Clos Quebrada de Macul 2013


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    Wine review by mark

  • Cousino Macul Antiguas Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010


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    Wine review by shloss

  • Viña Tarapacá Viognier Gran Tarapacá 2011


    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

  • Cousino Macul Isidora Sauvignon Gris 2011


    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

  • Cousino Macul Isidora Sauvignon Gris 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by mark

  • Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva de Familia 2011


    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

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