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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  • Muscat of Alexandria

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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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  • San Pedro Castillo de Molina Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Valle de Elqui 2010

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    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Viña Falernia Syrah Reserva 2007

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    Really intense spicy nose with hints of bacon. Nicely balanced with bright and vibrant acidity. I really liked the texture and mouthfeel. Reminded me of northern Rhone wines, great concentration, long finish with really balanced tannins. Read More

    Wine review by Rebecca Chapa


  • Cucao Px 2010

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    Not bad, just not much to rave about. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Chono Elqui Syrah 2009

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    Dark black plum hue; aromas of black vine fruits, cooked cola, and eucalyptus; broad flavor notes of berries, black plums, tar and bacon fat carried by good acidity to a smoky finish. Great value for everyday, full-bodied red wine. Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth


  • Chono Syrah Reserva 2008

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    Inky dark purple-black in color with aromas of blackcurrant, blueberry, bacon, eucalyptus and green olive. Ripe black raspberry fruit flavors with kirsch and white pepper finishing with moderate tannins, good acidity and a nice mineral streak. Delicious and completely unexpected at less than $10 a bottle. Read More

    Wine review by Winecast


  • Chono Syrah Reserva 2008

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    Inky dark purple-black in color with aromas of blackcurrant, blueberry, bacon, eucalyptus and green olive. Ripe black raspberry fruit flavors with kirsch and white pepper finishing with moderate tannins, good acidity and a nice mineral streak. Delicious and completely unexpected at less than $10 a bottle. Read More

    Wine review by Winecast


  • Chono Syrah Reserva 2008

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    Wine review by rpuente


  • Chono Syrah Reserva 2008

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    Wine review by LaLLy ma


  • Viña Falernia Pedro Ximénez 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by D77man


  • Viña Falernia Syrah Reserva 2007

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    Grow up in the middle of the desert, showing the best of Syrah. The best option is Gran Reserve and the price, in Chile, is around US$ 12,00. Read More

    Wine review by Gustavo Bessa


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