Chile

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. http://www.purowine.com/
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colorful stairs in valparaiso, chile. from claudio paillalef on flickr.

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.

Laguna Miñiques, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Laguna Miñiques in Chile. It's a massive volcanic complex containing a large number of craters, lava domes and flows.

Night Sky:  The Stars of San Pedro, Atacama

Night Sky: The Stars of San Pedro, Atacama (Las estrellas de San Pedro de Atacama), Chile.

Monolithic Moai Statues At Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island, Chile

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“Kalfu” means “Blue” in the language of the indigenous inhabitants of Chile. It is the most important color of Mapuche culture because its associated with the origin of life.   mujer mapuche.

The Mapuche are a group of indigenous inhabitants of south-central Chile and southwestern Argentina, including parts of present-day Patagonia.

reflex... Marble Caverns of Carrera Lake, Chile

Marble Caverns of Carrera Lake, Chile.

Marble Caverns of Carrera Lake, Chile. wow, I have lived in and toured much of Chile over the years, but never knew about this! Need to research and find out where in Chile it is!

Santiago, Chile

Santiago de Chile, is the capital and largest city of Chile and the center of its largest conurbation. It is located in the country's central valley, at an elevation of 520 m ft) above mean sea level.

Santiago de Chile, Chile

The Costanera Center is a business and commercial complex. It is located in Chile, and has skyscrapers, and malls. It represents a downtown city.

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…

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 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.

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.

This is how vines look when fall starts in Chile.

This is how vines look when fall starts in Chile.

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