Valle Central

From Santiago to Maule, a Symphony of Exquisite Reds and Elegant Whites


Last updated: April 10, 2024


This substantial region houses some of Chile’s oldest vineyards and includes the capital, Santiago, to the north. The suburbs of Santiago touch the vineyards of Maipo, the northernmost of the region’s subzones. The valley runs an impressive 400km from north to south, taking in the sub-regions of Rapel, Maule, and Curico. Maipo is split into three areas: Alto Maipo, Central Maipo, and Coastal Maipo. The Andes mountains are the main element that influences grape growing in Alto Maipo. They provide an important water source for irrigation. Central Maipo has a terroir suited to red varieties: warm but not hot growing conditions, alluvial soils, and a dry climate. Coastal fogs, which drift a long way inland, help to moderate the Maipo climate; the vineyards of Coastal Maipo are found in the vicinity of the Maipo River, again a region producing mainly red wine. The wines are, on the whole, better than ever, showing ripe and vibrant fruit and great aging potential. The best reds from Maipo have traditionally been Cabernet Sauvignon, but Rhone varieties are becoming more widespread.


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