The history of Chilean wine production begins right in the center of the country, between the Andes and the Coastal Range, in the valley carved by the Maipo river that is adjacent to the capital. The area has a stable climate with warm days, cool nights and significant temperature differentials between day and night. This ensures the best ripening conditions for red wine grapes. The flat soil features an abundance of minerals, a sandy-clay texture and good drainage, and is irrigated by thaw waters.
The land has a strong peasant heritage and offers a multitude of different landscapes. Santa Alicia’s vineyards sprawl across the entire valley, which is divided into three farming areas: Maipo Alto, Maipo Medio and Maipo Costa.
Maipo Medio is the sunniest of the three. It lies at 550 meters above sea level and is the place of choice to produce fruity and silky red wines. Further uphill, Maipo Alto has a cooler climate and produces wines with a firmer body and higher tannic structure. The lowest of the three appellations is Maipo Costa, located in the vicinity of the Coastal Range. The fresh ocean winds contribute to the production of enticingly acidic wines.Gallery
Casablanca has become one of the main tourist spots for wine enthusiasts. It is located 18 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean and 64 kilometers from Santiago and is surrounded by the Coastal Range. Its cool climate features important temperature differences between day and night. The proximity of the ocean produces morning fogs almost every day. The soil has a clay texture and is rich in decomposed minerals brought in by the thaw waters of the Andes. Conditions in this valley are particularly suitable for white varieties as well as Pinot Noir.Gallery
Located approximately 550 kilometers south of Santiago, this valley comprises some 700 hectares of vineyards. Its particular microclimate of warm days and cool nights results in a wide diversity of terroirs that are ideal for white and short-cycled red varieties.
The varieties grown include like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, which are also used for producing sparkling wines.Gallery