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From the sands of the Atacama Desert to the glaciers of
Patagonia, Chile is a country of contrast with a huge
diversity of vineyards and wines to discover
Aconcagua Valley runs between the Andes and Pacific Ocean and has the perfect climate for winemaking. The hot inland areas produce fruit-heavy reds while the cooler coastal areas produce exotic whites.
Stretching from the foothills of the Andes and spreading west to the Pacific, Colchagua Valley is made up of established vineyards and enjoys a Mediterranean-like climate. It’s highly praised for its wine.
Central Valley is one of the largest wine-producing regions in Chile, often regarded as the birthplace of Chilean wine. The Mediterranean climate lends itself to a variety of grapes such as the red Carmenère.
Elqui Valley sits at the edge of the Atacama Desert and is Chile’s most northern wine region. By far, this valley produces more red grapes than white with a tendency towards cool climate varieties.
Limari Valley is located in the north of Chile. The Limari River supplies the vineyards with snowmelt water and the high mineral and limestone soil produces aromatic, fresh wines such as Sauvignon Blanc.
Casablanca Valley is located just north west of the Chilean capital, Santiago. The combination of cool nights and hot days provide the perfect conditions for growing top-rate Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
San Antonio Valley
San Antonio Valley is a small and very young wine region that’s part of the Aconcagua Valley. It produces outstanding red and white wines particularly Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Leyda Valley is considered to be the future of Chilean wine despite being a young winemaking region. Its conditions favour cool climate grapes such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Maipo Valley is commonly considered to be the home of Chilean wine. The warm and dry climate is perfectly suited to red wines; particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carménère.
Located in Chile’s Central Valley region, the Rapel Valley is one of the largest wine producing regions in the country, producing over twenty-five percent of all Chilean wine.
Curicó Valley is one of Chile’s oldest wine regions, and one of its most southerly. Known for its bold reds and fresh whites, the heroes of the region are the Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Carménère.
Located in Chile’s Central Valley, the Maule Valley is one of the country’s oldest wine regions and produces both full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon and Carménère.
Chile is a remarkable country. Bordered to the west by the Pacific Ocean and to the east by the Andes mountain range, the country has a diverse landscape resulting in an enviable range of grape varieties.
Winemakers have also sought out new, generally cooler locations such as the mountainous region of Elqui. The cool temperatures here produce vibrant, crisp styles such as Sauvignon Blanc and also fresher red varieties such as Pinot Noir.
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