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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 into the clay, silt, and chalk soils for moisture and nutrients.  Apart from wine production, Elqui is well-known for its clear skies and famed for the world-class observatories located there.

– Description from Constance Chamberlain

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