Elqui Valley Wine

Reaching far to the north of Chile is the Elqui Valley whose climate, despite being so close to the equator, are classified as cool climate growing areas.

The Elqui Valley is located just south of the Atacama Dessert famed for being the driest desert in the world. Traditionally, the Elqui Valley was best known for the production of grapes to produce Pisco, but in recent years winegrowers have explored outer parts of the region such as along the coast and on the slopes of the Andes Mountains which are cooled by the winds from the Pacific Ocean. What they’ve found is that the region is ideal for planting cool-climate grapes such as Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The region’s dry Pedro Ximenez wines have been shown great interest by exploratory sommeliers who are looking to push the boundaries.  Within the Elqui Valley there are two sub-regions: Vicuna and Paiguano.

Eliqui’s rainfall is very low here at just 2.8 inches per year, but the rocky terrain allows vines to burrow deep 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...

  • Muscat of Alexandria

    Muscat of Alexandria is an ancient variety, possibly originating in North Africa. Most plantings of this white variet...

  • Pedro Ximénez

    Ximénez, Jimenez, Ximénès, Pedro, Pedro Giménez, Pedro Jimenez, Pedro Khimenes, Pedro Ximénès, Pedro Ximenes De Jerez...

  • 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...

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  • Mayu Carmenere-Syrah 2012

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    Smoke and berries. 55% Carmenere and 45% Syrah coming from Chile's Elqui valley make this a juicy wine, full ripe red and black fruit and waves of smoked meat (think roasting a whole pig). The sun is very intense in Elqui, so the skins on these grapes are actually considerably thicker than in other part of Chile. This adds to the smokey, spicine... Read More

    Wine review by JakePip


  • Mayu Pedro Ximenez 2012

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    Typically seen as sweet Sherry, this is one of the first dry Pedro Ximenez wines coming from South America. Mayu PX maintains a refreshing acidic edge while coming across as luscious and extremely refreshing. This is like nothing I had tasted before and is definitely worth a sip. If you like Torrontes, Alberino, or any other obscure whites, give... Read More

    Wine review by JakePip


  • Mayu Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by JakePip


  • Vina Falernia Carmenere Elqui Valley Chile 2007

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    Very smooth with notes of chocolate and vanilla. Very easy to drink - a favorite! Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Chono Carménère Reserva 2010

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    Raspberry nose, bright red berries and spice, soft body but enough umph from the Syrah to make it nice Read More

    Wine review by bobcatpunk


  • Chono Carménère Reserva 2010

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    A big nose, with complex smokey flavors. Finish with bell peppers. Read More

    Wine review by rlb4227


  • Chono Carménère Reserva 2010

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    Aroma is big with wood accents, chili pepper, and cocoa powder. Palate slides in smoothly, red fruit and cinnamon come out with increasing body force of tannins and heat. Satisfying finish. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


  • Viña Falernia Syrah Reserva 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by carriegpdx


  • Piggy Bank Syrah 2010

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    Jolly decent spicy rose-hip and black fruit nose. Generous fruity palate a little liveliness and peppery spicy finish Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler


  • Viña Falernia Pedro Ximenez Reserva Elqui Valley 2010

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    Typically used to make Pisco in Chile, the small plantings of Pedro Ximenez ... is really only seen in the Elqui Valley of Chile. Elqui is one of Chile's northernmost wine regions and quite a mystical place in and of itself; it's no wonder they are experimenting with turning this grape into wine and it's actually not too bad. Fairly heavy on t... Read More

    Wine review by JakePip


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