Chile’s largest wine region is also one of the most geographically and climatically diverse. Spanning the Andes to the East, the flat and sunny valleys along the central corridor, and the coastal hills to the West, allows both red and white varieties find an optimal terroir where they can be grown. It has a Mediterranean climate and great influence of the cold wind that comes from the Andes Mountains at night, which increases the daily thermal oscillation and reduces the period of maximum temperatures, helping the fruit to ripen slowly and in good conditions.
Unlike many other growing regions in Chile, the Maule Valley has no ocean influence, but maintains a favorable diurnal temperature difference. These climatic conditions give a characteristic aromatic intensity to Carménère, characteristically full of spices and black pepper from this region, and allow Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to thrive as well. Maule is also home to some of the oldest vineyards in the country, excellent area to find exceptional Carignan.
Maule entre Cordilleras
The territory between the Andes Mountains and the Coast presents seasons marked by hot, dry summers and cold, rainy winters, with a marked thermal oscillation between day and night, ideal conditions for the production of great red wines with powerful expression.
The Andes mountain range, due to its geography of heights, generates conditions to have very low average temperatures, allowing the wines reach great intensity in their expression due to their slow maturation.
With a winemaking tradition dating back to the 19th century, the Curicó Valley is to this day, with centuries-old vineyards, one of the most revered, diverse and largest winegrowing areas in Chile. The region presents a wide diversity of soils of volcanic and alluvial origins, with loamy and clayey textures, of different contents and levels of moisture retention, which also allows choosing the most appropriate soil condition for each variety and thereby expressing its maximum potential. The Mediterranean climate, with hot days with adequate solar radiation and also cold nights, provides the temperature range necessary to obtain quality grapes. Similarly, the annual rainfall of 600mm, concentrated mainly in the winter months, creates a vital balance between the vigor of the plants and the production of healthy grapes. This especially favors the production of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, which are the main varieties planted in the valley.