Chile is an amazing wine producer and not many people know it. It has by nature the perfect Terroir to produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, among others. And this is the country which saved the grape Carmenere from extinction.
THE PLACE.Gorgeous stairway photo by Claudio Paillalef S. Love the colors. This stairway reminded me of the stairs and ramps up to the boardwalk at the Jersey shore. I would love to see some of these painted or decorated with shells.
Apalta valley is located in Colchagua, the southern portion of the famed Rapel valley, 200 Km south of Santiago. It is a horse-shoe-shaped valley bordered by mountains on three sides. Its climate could be described as Semi-dry Mediterranean; with a winter only rainy season and a long dry summer season. Slow maturation allows the grapes to reach their ideal maturity with high concentration and character, preserving the fruit and high levels of natural acidity, ensuring a long ageing…
The Maipo Valley is Chile’s most historic region, with grape plantings dating back to the time of the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century. But it was during the 19th century, when Bordeaux grape varieties (primarily Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) were first imported to Chile from France, that the modern Maipo Valley began to take shape.
The Colchagua Valley lies about 100 miles south of Santiago. Colchagua’s terroir is influenced by a warm, breezy, dry climate. With vineyards planted from approximately 650 feet to 3,110 feet above sea level, there are hot spots on the valley floor and cool pockets higher up the hillsides. Soils are a mosaic of granite, volcanic, clay and schist.