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Casablanca Valley

The Casablanca valley climate is moderated by coastal breezes that cool the warm summer temperatures, creating ideal conditions for slow ripening of berries, allowing fruit to preserve their delicate flavours and aromas. Located 50 miles from Santiago and a short distance from the Pacific Ocean, this valley receives approximately 20 inches of rainfall during the winter months from May through September.  Poor, finely – textured sandy alluvial soils retain minimal moisture, naturally restricting yields (approximately 3.6 tons per acre) resulting in high quality grapes with concentrated varietals.  It is best known for its crisp white wines, most notably Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, which have gained it recognition as one of Chile’s quality wine regions.  Pinot Noir which is responsive to the cooler climates found in this coastal area, is also successfully grown in this area.

Colchagua Valley

Maipo Valley

Maipo Valley is one of Chile’s most important wine-producing regions. Rich, fruit-driven Cabernet Sauvignon is undoubtedly its most celebrated wine style.

Located just south of the capital, Santiago, Maipo Valley is home to some of the country’s most prestigious wines. It is often described as the ‘Bordeaux of South America.

Along with Cabernet Sauvignon and Carménère, a wide range of grape varieties are planted in the Maipo Valley including Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Maule & Leyda Valleys

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