Chilean Wine Country Regions

Map of Chilean Wine Country

Chile is fortunate to have climate conditions that are ideal for good wine grape growing harvests.  Hot summers, coastal cooling breezes, and moderate rainfall.

In this page you will find information on Chile’s principal wine producing regions (valleys) as well as links to some of the vineyards and cellars in that region.

If you are looking at visiting Chile’s wine country I recommend you visit my Chile Wine Tour page and my Chilean Map page.

Valle del Elqui is the northernmost valley out of the 14 principal valley regions outlined on the map.  This valley has traditionally been known as a Pisco producing zone.  Pisco is Chile’s national non-wine liquor.  Its made from grapes and is usually available in a clear consistency.   Unlike brandy, the taste is usually less sweet.  There are similarities between pisco and some white tequilas.

The region’s soil characteristics are rocky with a high level of permeability and small amounts of rainfall.  Sunshine is plentiful year-round.  The weather can reach high level s in the daytime and reach down close to freezing temperatures at night.  Carmerne and Syrah production has done well in this valley.

Some of the vineyards you can visit in this valley include:

Cavas del Valle

Valle de Limari­ is also known as a Pisco producing zone.  The area receives plenty of direct cold breezes from the Pacific Ocean. The climate is dry with 9-10 months of little-to-no rainfall.  Chardonnay wine production has done very well in the valley.  Syrah grape production has also been notable.

Some of the vineyards you can visit in this valley include:
Viña Francisco de Aguirre
Maycas del Limari
Ocho Tierras

Valle de Choapa is similar to the Valle de Limari­ in its climate.  Hot and dry during the day with cold breezes at night.  Low amounts of rainfall.   Most of the growing areas are 2000 feet above sea level.

Valle de Acongagua is an east-west valley with lots high heat in the summer and mild winters.  It has little rain fall with an average of 250-300 clear days annually.  Cabernet is by far the largest crop harvested in this valley.

Some of the vineyards you can visit in this valley include:
Viña San Esteban
Sanchez de Loria
Von Siebenthal

Valle del Maipo is the closest wine producing area to the capital, Santiago de Chile.   The zone is known for its exceptional Cabernets, which comprise the majority of the hectares planted there.

Some of the vineyards you can visit in this valley include:
Casa Rivas
Concha y Toro
Cousino Macul
De Martino
Dona Javiera
Hacienda de Alhue
Haras de Pirque
Vina Huelquen
Perez Cruz
Quebrada de Macul
Santa Alicia
Santa Carolina
Santa Ema
Santa Rita
Sol y Viento
Terra Mater
William Fevre
Vinedo Chatwick

Valle de Casablanca has a clear maritime influence; Chile’s first cool-climate wine region has produced crisp white Sauvignon and Chardonnay since the mid-1980s.  Early-morning fog keeps temperatures low and adds moisture in an otherwise dry terrain.  Midday breezes clear the fog, allowing radiant sunshine to reach the vines and the temperatures to rise steadily throughout the afternoon.

Some of the vineyards you can visit in this valley include:
Casas del Bosque
Viña Mar
William Cole

Here’s a map with several of Casablanca Valley’s wineries mapped out.

San Antonio valley is one of Chile’s youngest wine regions.  It is also the closest to the sea.   A lack of fresh water, low temperatures, and thin soils make wine growing a challenge, but pioneering wineries produce exciting cool-climate wines such as Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc with bright fruit, naturally high acidity, and a distinct mineral character.

Some of the vineyards you can visit in this valley include:

Casa Marin
Casa Garces Silva
Vina Leyda
Viña Matetic

Valle de Cachapoal is just 100 km south of Santiago.  Winegrowing is a major industry in this valley, and nearly 90% of the wine grapes grown are red varieties, especially Cabernet Sauvignon.  Most of the valley’s vineyards are close to the Andes, where broad temperature differentials and poor soils lead to many of Chile’s finest premium wines.

Some of the vineyards you can visit in this valley include:

Viña Casa Porta
Casas del Toqui
Viña Chateau los Boldos
Viña Gracia
La Rosa

Valle de Colchagua has a warm climate as it is further from the coast, yielding nice red varieties.  Many vineyards now seek out cooler conditions, however, and climb into the hills and extend west toward the sea.  Colchagua produces rich Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenre, and Syrah, as well as some of South America’s finest Malbec.

Some of the vineyards you can visit in this valley include:

Casa Lapostolle
Casa Silva
Cono Sur
Hacienda Araucano
Viña Las Niñas
Viña Los Vascos
Viña Luis Felipe Edwards
Montes Wines
Mont Gras
Santa Cruz
Santa Helena
Santa Rita
Vina Siegel
Viu Manent

Valle de Curico is largely affected by the Coastal Range, which blocks the maritime influence and creates a continental effect.  The result is a pronounced daytime-night time temperature differential that is very beneficial for flavor and aroma development, particularly in red wines.  The Curico valley is Chile’s largest producing zone of Sauvignon Blanc.

Some of the vineyards you can visit in this valley include:

Alta Cima
Correa Albano
Ines Escobar
Miguel Torres
San Pedro
Santa Hortencia
Viñedos Puertas

Valle del Maule is Chile’s largest wine region.  Newer vineyards with noble varieties give rise to unique and complex red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere thanks to the valley’s vast diversity of climates and soils.

Some of the vineyards you can visit in this valley include:
Casa Donoso
Casas Patronales
Chilean Wines Co.
Corral Victoria
El Aromo Gillmore
Hugo Casanova
J Bouchon
Terra Noble
Via Wines

Here’s a great little map that I found which nicely maps out the various wineries in the Maule Valley.

Valle de Itata is south of the Maule Valley.  Traditional varieties still predominate in Itata, believed to be Chile’s first wine region, as the original vines entered through the port of Concepcion, but adventurous growers are planting noble varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay with good results.  Valles del Bio Bio y Malleco.  These remote areas spark increasing interest as winemakers push the geographical limits for grape growing, and new vineyards and varieties continue to appear.  Despite low temperatures, high rainfall, and high risk of frost, the results are impressive, and many wineries now source Chardonnay, Sauvignon, and Riesling from the region for small quantities of exciting wines.

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