Maule Valley Wine

 

Maule is Chile’s largest winegrowing region, with over 31 thousand hectares under vine, and is also one of country’s oldest and most diverse valleys. As new traditions mix with the old, it is common to see vineyards full of old bush vines that were once Pais, the mission grape of Chile, revamped by more boutique wineries either by grafting new varieties onto the old rootstocks or by replanting new varieties in the vineyards.

 

Being so large, the region offers distinctive microclimates for both red and white wines, though it is best known for its powerful Cabernet Sauvignon and aromatic and spicy Carmenere wines. Overall, the soils are rich, volcanic soils, though certain areas of the valley have varying soil types. For example the area of Empedrado is dominated by slate soils.

 

The Maule Valley is dry and sunny and has a low annual rainfall of 28 inches, but the nights can be very cool. As a result, the grapes have a long growing season which allows for optimum 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...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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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  • Balduzzi

    The Balduzzi family has experience in winemaking since the 17th century. Its origin is located at...

  • Vina La Reserva de Caliboro

    Searching for a new "Terroir" in the wine valleys of Chile was comparable to a treasure hunt. Fir...

  • J. Bouchon

    A winery without a past is like a wine without character. At J. Bouchon, above all else, we belie...

  • CREMASCHI FURLOTTI

    The tradition of Viña Cremaschi Furlotti starts in Italy with my great-grandfather ", indicates P...

  • Viña Calina

    Viña Calina is situated atop a gentle slope overlooking the northern Maule Valley midway between ...

  • Viña Segu

    The "Segu" vineyards are located in Melozal, in the Maule Valley, 300 kilometers south of Santiag...

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  • I sure would enjoy touring vineyards on a Segway!  Yes EM, that link that ... tried a wine or two from the Maule Valley in Chile so I can understand you enjoying a wine from that regio Read More

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  • Clos Ouvert "Primavera" Maule Valley 2012

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    Originally I was going to score this an 88 but the more I think about the uniqueness of the wine I upped it a notch. Why? The combination of herbal notes - sage, cilantro, what have you, combined with coffee and bubblegum - yes, bubblegum - and dark berry fruit really stood out. It was enjoyable and easy to drink, except when you had to stop and... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Alfasi Mistico Cabernet Sauvignon Semi-Sweet 2012

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    better than any sweet wine used for Passover! That being said and the fact I do not like a "sweetened" wine I struggled through it and wondered how the Cab would have tasted without the added sugar?? Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Miguel Torres Estelado Rose Santa Digna

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    No written review

    Wine review by fsufans


  • Tonight I attended our second tasting of Chilean wines at the Crystal City Wine ... ... Syrah-Malbec blend from Maule Valley.  They were all very nice and as such I bought one each of the first three, then three of Syrah-Malbec blend which was very tasty to me.  The Sauvignon Blanc and Carmenere are more of a simple wine style, while the Chard... Read More

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  • Denada Cellars Red Blend 2012

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    Carmenere is the overriding grape, here, as it always is.Flavors are characteristic of that verital. Dry finish. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Terranoble Reserva Carmenere 2012

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    Full bodied, sexy red. Pairs well with strong and/or spicy flavors. Enjoyable as a stand alone drinking wine Read More

    Wine review by goodenpd


  • Urban Carignan 2013

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    Pleasing medium-to-big bodied red. Notes of blueberry and a little sweetness in the nose. Nicely balanced. We had this with pasta and it went very well. You could also pair this with roasted meats or fowl. Read More

    Wine review by ncmathsadist


  • Casas Patronales Syrah Reserva 2011

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    Good value like most of their wines. Needs some time to breathe. Bone dry but nice medium bodied hearty rustic red with earthy, leathery, and hints of the darkest fruits. 86 / 100 , also interesting to note I have drank 4 bottles and actually have noticed slight variation the previous one was somehow better than the current one. ?? Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


  • Papi Demi Sec Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Too sweet Read More

    Wine review by sharirl


  • Papi a wonderful sweet red. It has body, it is sweet but not a dessert wine.

    Comment by 431506Barbara Horne 431506 Barbara Horne


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