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Central Valley

The Central Valley (El Valle Central) of Chile is one of the most important wine-producing areas in South America in terms of volume. It is also one of the largest wine regions, stretching from the Maipo Valley (just south of Santiago) to the southern end of the Maule Valley. This is a distance of almost 250 miles (400km) and covers a number of climate types. The Central Valley wine region is easily (and often) confused with the geological Central Valley, which runs north–south for more than 620 miles (1000km) between the Pacific Coastal Ranges and the lower Andes.

A wide variety of wine styles and quality can be found in this large area, from many different terroirs. They range from the fashionable (and relatively expensive) Bordeaux-style wines produced in northern Maipo, to the older, more-established vineyards of Maule; from the coastal plains of western Colchagua to the Andean foothills of Puente Alto. With experimentation so popular in the modern wine world, however, it is the newer, cooler-climate areas which are receiving most attention, with the emphasis on the Andean foothills and the river valleys tempered by the cooling effects of the Pacific Ocean.

The Central Valley is also home to a variety of grapes, but plantings are dominated by the internationally popular Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Chile's icon grape, Carmenère, is also of importance here, just as Malbec is to Mendoza, on the other side of the Andes. The cooler corners of the Central Valley are being increasingly developed, as winemakers experiment with varieties such as Viognier, Riesling and even Gewurztraminer.

Because the area covered is so large and the terrain so varied, the name "Central Valley" on a label is unlikely to communicate anything specific about the style of wine in the bottle. Also, with a number of independently recognised sub-regions now in place (such as Colchagua and Cachapoal), most wines of any quality are able to specify their sub-region of origin rather than the generic Central Valley. As a result, the Central Valley title is mostly used for mass-produced wines made from a range of sources.
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    Sol De Andes Merlot

    Sol De Andes

    Sol De Andes Merlot is bursting with fresh red fruit aromas, especially raspberry and plum, and a waft of Virginia tobacco spice. A touch of smoke ...

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  • Sol De Andes Cabernet Sauvignon
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    Sol De Andes Cabernet Sauvignon

    Sol De Andes

    Sol De Andes Cabernet Sauvignon has a bright, plum and berry nose with similar flavours echoed on the palate. Notes of tobacco, cocoa and vanilla o...

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  • Sol De Andes Carmenère Gran Reserva
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    Sol De Andes Carmenère Gran Reserva

    Sol De Andes

    Sol De Andes Gran Reserva Carmènere has a deep purple-red colour. An enticingly complex nose gives notes of ripe black fruits, spicy black pepper, ...

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  • Valle Andino Merlot Reserva Especial
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    Valle Andino Merlot Reserva Especial

    Valle Andino

    Valle Andino Merlot Reserva Especial has complex aromas of mild pepper spice, red berry fruits and a touch of smoke. Balanced and full of sweet plu...

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