Terroir & Vineyards

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D.O. Maule Valley

The Maule Valley was one of first area where vines were planted in South America, shortly after the colonization in the 16th Century. For long the region has been overlooked as a quality producing area, but in recent years there has been a growing international interest in the region, particularly due to the outstanding quality from their old dry-farmed bush vines.

Vineyards have historically been planted with Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, but today there are also plantings of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Carménère.

Landscape and Terroir

The southern most sub-region of the Central Valley around the city of Talca, some 250km South of Santiago. With the Pacific Ocean to the West and the Andes maintains to the East, the land is a narrow strip of 100km. The region is one of the most diverse of Chile with plantings in the Andes mountains, on the hilly costal mountains and on the flat valley floor between the mountain ranges. The Maule river flows through the region, giving the name to the region.

Climate

The climate is warm Mediterranean with long dry and warm summers and mild winters. The cold Humboldt Current and chilled air which descends from the Andes mountains provides a cooling effect on the region. Thanks to the two natural cooling effects and its Southern location, Maule Valley is one of the coolest winegrowing areas of Chile giving lively acidity to the wines. Soils in the regions are predominantly alluvial, sand and clay.


D.O. Bio Bio Valley

The Bío Bío Valley wine region is located in the province and region of the same name. One of Chile’s southern wine regions, it has become known for its crisp, aromatic wines.

The region is located at a latitude of 36°S, similar to southern Spain and Monterey in California. The majority of its vineyards lie between 50 and 200m (150 ft and 600 ft) above sea level with a moderate Mediterranean climate. It receives 1,275 mm (50.2 in) of rain per year, among the highest of all Chilean wine valleys, although winds prevent excessive humidity - a phenomenon that can also be observed in northern France.

MODERATE MEDITERRANEAN CLIMATE.

1,275 MM (50.2 IN) OF RAIN PER YEAR.

ALLUVIAL SOILS, CLAY AND SAND


 
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