Valle de Maule
Located 250 km (155 mi) south of Santiago, this traditional and long overlooked wine valley—the largest and one of the oldest—has attracted renewed and much-deserved attention of late. Old-bush, dry-farmed vineyards that predate the memories of those who tend them now produce exciting, naturally balanced field blends of Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and other yet to be identified varieties. Newer plantations include Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Carmenere with bright acidity and juicy fruit.
Many hectares growing organically; many have been certified for decades.
Mediterranean climate. 735 mm (28.9 in) of rain per year.
Soils: Alluvial soils, clay and sand.
Terrific Results: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, and old-vine Carignan.