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Valle Central, or Central Valley, is a large expanse of Chile that is one of the most significant wine producing regions in South America. It starts with the Maipo Valley around Santiago, all the way to the Maule Valley. There are many different types of terroirs and microclimates within it, as well as styles of viticulture from old school to modern. 
Valle Central is divided into four subregions, from north to south (and warmest to coolest):
*Maipo, the country’s most historic region, planted since the 16th century and home to the country’s oldest existing wineries. Closest to the capital Santiago.
*Rapel Valley, home to the famous Colchagua and Cachapoal subregions. 
*Curico Valley, pioneered in the 1970s by Miguel Torres and his disciples of modern viticulture.
*Maule Valley, one of the most prolific wine-producing regions in all of South America.
Most wines labeled as Central Valley or Valle Central can come from anywhere within these subregions 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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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  • Anakena Chardonnay 2013


    Slight off flavor-- Simple, tart, lemon- Not a good value. Lacks richness of the Concha Y Toro, del diablo Chards. Chilean-- My rating 84 Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko

  • Wonderlust Chardonnay 2011


    Light aromas of dried honeycomb, hints of flowers, apples and old wood greet the nose. Frankly sweet on entry, this has weight in the mouth, and feels a bit sticky and ponderous even with acidity that is sufficient to help keep this balance. The flavors seem a bit tired with nutty accents and an intensity that is thinning on the midpalate. Shor... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Wonderlust Chardonnay 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by mark

  • Apaltagua Carmenere Rose 2012


    Citrus hints and a hint of dirt. A faint hint of vanilla in there too. Tart, but there's a good hint of fruit in there. Certainly not the roses from years go by. I'd certainly buy it again. Read More

    Wine review by jwhittenknapp

  • Natura Cabernet Organic 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by Amish22

  • Terrapura Carmenere 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by mark

  • Santa Carolina Reservado Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013


    Ruby color, midbodied , mild tannins. Quite dry with a fruity aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Concha Y Toro Cabernet-Syrah Blend Casillero del Diablo 2009


    We paired this wine with a slow cooked beef burgundy dish. It was light and a little too fruity for a savory beef dish. Kind of acidic too. On its own, it is an interesting full wine. Read More

    Wine review by perfectlywright

  • Emark, you sat through Beethoven's Fifth twice?  I could research, maybe find an answer and pretend I knew all along but ever since being dragged to everyone one of my oldest sister's Saturday performances with the SF Youth Orchestra on beautiful days when I could have been out playing ball, I've been allergic to symphonic music.  Not bitter at ... Read More

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  • Frontera Sauvignon Blanc Semillion 2005


    Mild and dry, some berry notes. Read More

    Wine review by jokerzjeep

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