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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  • Viña Falernia Syrah Reserva 2007

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    Wine review by Gustavo Bessa


  • Viña Falernia Pedro Ximénez 2006

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    Absolutely great Read More

    Wine review by hwagner


  • Viña Falernia Pedro Ximénez 2006

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    This is one of those instances where I feel I must have had a different wine from the other reviewers. What others refer to as "charred black cherry fruit" and "distinctive grilled flavor," had to me the faint taste of burnt rubber. This was not nearly as pronounced as in some South African wines that I've tried, for instance, but it did not m... Read More

    Wine review by gsfrnkln


  • Viña Falernia Pedro Ximénez 2006

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    My Rating 89. This wine has a more elegant approach to syrah.nose has elegant restrained berry caracter. Taste is dry with fine grained tannins, oak is very subdued, fruit is concentrated but not overpowering.Try it!! Read More

    Wine review by Wolle


  • Viña Falernia Pedro Ximénez 2006

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    From Chile's northernmost wine estate. Grapes sourced in the Elqui Valley. Malolactic fermentation.Full bodied. Pepper, smoke, game, plum. Smooth tannins. I purchased 3 bottles and finished them quickly. I decided to return for a case, but missed out. Looking to find more. I want to cellar some of this, even though it is such an inexpensive wine... Read More

    Wine review by AbottleAday


  • Viña Falernia Pedro Ximénez 2006

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    This Syrah is dense, spicy and smokey, with plum, pepper and herbal notes to boot. Nice medium long finish. Great value at around $10. Read More

    Wine review by judgelog


  • Chono Syrah Reserva 2006

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    Wine review by jlskogen


  • Chono Syrah 2008

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    Wine review by jlskogen


  • Chono Syrah 2006

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    Wine review by rahulrao


  • Viña Falernia Pedro Ximénez 2006

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    Very light after decanting. Subtle notes of pepper spice up the soft aromas and palate. Read More

    Wine review by Ibn Shisha


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